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[#] Sat Apr 06 2019 18:32:01 EDT from zooer

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"Viral video!"



[#] Wed Apr 10 2019 11:09:34 EDT from Freakdog

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"Inconceivable!!!"



[#] Wed Apr 10 2019 17:19:15 EDT from wizard of aahz

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I don't think it means what you think it means

[#] Sun Jun 02 2019 09:49:51 EDT from zooer

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"There is nothing nothing worse than...." followed by something minor.  'There is nothing worse than flat soda'



[#] Sun Jun 02 2019 23:42:50 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Sun Jun 02 2019 09:49:51 EDT from zooer

"There is nothing nothing worse than...." followed by something minor.  'There is nothing worse than flat soda'



This can be extended pretty far. 

What the "worst" thing is, is fairly subjective. 


But I get your point. 

 



[#] Tue Jun 04 2019 16:57:33 EDT from arabella

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"so..." Followed by anything at all.

Don't be lazy, start a conversation properly.



[#] Wed Jun 05 2019 14:02:50 EDT from Haven

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So, what are you trying to say?



[#] Wed Jun 05 2019 19:53:48 EDT from zooer

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This drives my mother crazy, when a waiter or waitress walks up to the table and says, "How are WE doing today?"



[#] Wed Jun 05 2019 22:14:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ah yes, that's "the royal 'we'."

[#] Wed Jun 05 2019 23:34:22 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Would you rather ask "how all ya'll are doing today?"

[#] Thu Jun 06 2019 13:43:06 EDT from Haven

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Wed Jun 05 2019 23:34:22 EDT from wizard of aahz
Would you rather ask "how all ya'll are doing today?"

I've been in that restaurant, several times.  



[#] Thu Jun 06 2019 13:51:08 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Did you ask for a coke and have her ask you which flavor coke?

[#] Sat Jun 08 2019 01:22:06 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Moving from California to Ohio, I had a helluva time adjusting to language out there. 

Waitresses calling me "honey" and "sugar" and "sweetie," always made me feel uncomfortable. We're not that familiar with strangers in California. We think you're trying to run a con if you're that nice to us. 


So, once we had a baby-sitter come over, and after the evening, my wife and I were talking to her, and I was trying to figure out how much to pay her. We did not, unfortunately, negotiate a price before we left. 

I said, "Is $20 ok, honey?" 

Asking my WIFE... 

And the baby sitter responded, "Yeah, that sounds great..." 

And my wife (also a Californian) glared at me like, "Why is the BABY SITTER responding to YOU when you say HONEY?!?" 

And then the baby sitter saw the discomfort between my wife and I - and that made HER visibly uncomfortable... 

Which of course, made EVERYTHING worse... 

It was pretty rough, man. 

True story. 

It was the first time I had met that baby sitter, which is the only thing that got things back on track. If it had been the 3rd or 4th time she had watched our kid... I'd probably be divorced right now. 

 



[#] Thu Jun 13 2019 23:44:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"Honey" must be compounded to make it more endearing if you need to use it to refer exclusively to your wife. I address the lovely Mrs. IG as "honeybear" or "hunny bunny", neither of which a babysitter would ever answer to. She still thinks I don't know her name because I absolutely never address her by name.

[#] Thu Jun 13 2019 23:50:03 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Thu Jun 13 2019 23:44:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
"Honey" must be compounded to make it more endearing if you need to use it to refer exclusively to your wife. I address the lovely Mrs. IG as "honeybear" or "hunny bunny", neither of which a babysitter would ever answer to. She still thinks I don't know her name because I absolutely never address her by name.

This is not bad advice. I wish I had known this then. :) 

Fortunately I am back out in the West, where if you call a baby-sitter "honey", you're likely to end up talking to CPS and explaining that you also call soda "pop" and dinner "supper." :) 

 



[#] Fri Jun 14 2019 10:45:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"dinner" is the primary and largest meal of the day. "supper" is the evening meal. Sometimes they are the same meal, and sometimes they are not (particularly on Sundays, i.e. "Sunday Dinner" is often consumed in the afternoon).

(Source: I am a board-certified Italian grandmother.)

And now for something different: an ongoing pet peeve ... people writing/talking about television news, using the word "chyron" to describe any broadcast graphics on the bottom of the screen. They talk about something that was written in

"the chyron", most often in what is technically called a "crawl" (if it's scrolling horizontally).

Chyron is one of the oldest and most well-known manufacturers of broadcast graphics hardware. Oxford and Merriam-Webster both have it as a definition now, with merely a reference to the fact that its etymology is from Chyron the manufacturer. I guess Chyron has gone into that generic afterworld along with Kleenex and Xerox.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2019 11:56:04 EDT from zooer

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and Q-tips.

The use of the word "Chyron" is new, 'text on the screen' and 'graphics' are what I remember.



[#] Fri Jul 26 2019 10:27:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Back in the 1980's when I did television production in high school, we looked at photos and specs of real Chyrons and wished we could afford that kind of equipment. We had a character generator typical for public access studios of the time, the cheap 30x12 all-caps low resolution machine.

So any time some twit refers to any on-screen graphics as "the chyron" it makes my skin crawl a little.