Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
8138 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4421


  Reply # 1869714 20-Sep-2017 20:03
One person supports this post
Send private message

DarthKermit:

 

OMG, I just heard a reporter on TV1 news midday talk about the 'many gallons' of fuel needed for the airport. surprised

 

 

 

 

Good thing airlines always know the difference.

 

They immediately searched their emergency checklist for the section on flying the aircraft with both engines out, only to find that no such section existed


12681 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4206

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1870323 21-Sep-2017 15:14
Send private message

We clearly ARE part of America. My solicitor required me to make a declaration concerning my status as a US taxpayer recently regarding a real estate transaction.

 

I told them I regarded it as impertinent to the point of rudeness but they advised that if I did not declare otherwise, the US would assume that I was a US taxpayer and send me a bill.

 

 

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...






 
 
 
 


13874 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 6631

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1870343 21-Sep-2017 15:33
Send private message

Geektastic:

 

We clearly ARE part of America. My solicitor required me to make a declaration concerning my status as a US taxpayer recently regarding a real estate transaction.

 

I told them I regarded it as impertinent to the point of rudeness but they advised that if I did not declare otherwise, the US would assume that I was a US taxpayer and send me a bill.

 

 

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...

 

 

 

 

Really? when the heck did that start? oh and "F*** off" is very acceptable tongue-out





Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

Using empathy takes no energy and can gain so much. Try it.

 

 


12681 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4206

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1870353 21-Sep-2017 15:43
Send private message

MikeB4:

 

Geektastic:

 

We clearly ARE part of America. My solicitor required me to make a declaration concerning my status as a US taxpayer recently regarding a real estate transaction.

 

I told them I regarded it as impertinent to the point of rudeness but they advised that if I did not declare otherwise, the US would assume that I was a US taxpayer and send me a bill.

 

 

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...

 

 

 

 

Really? when the heck did that start? oh and "F*** off" is very acceptable tongue-out

 

 

 

 

We are in agreement. I have no idea when it started - nor why we agreed to cooperate with such an invasive policy.






Glurp
9731 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4650

Subscriber

  Reply # 1870363 21-Sep-2017 16:00
Send private message

Geektastic:

 

We are in agreement. I have no idea when it started - nor why we agreed to cooperate with such an invasive policy.

 

 

Thank National for that. Sucking up to the USA. Yay NZ as the 51st state.

 

 





I reject your reality and substitute my own. - Adam Savage
 


Mad Scientist
20004 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2714

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1870445 21-Sep-2017 18:30
Send private message

MikeB4:

 

Geektastic:

 

We clearly ARE part of America. My solicitor required me to make a declaration concerning my status as a US taxpayer recently regarding a real estate transaction.

 

I told them I regarded it as impertinent to the point of rudeness but they advised that if I did not declare otherwise, the US would assume that I was a US taxpayer and send me a bill.

 

 

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...

 

 

 

 

Really? when the heck did that start? oh and "F*** off" is very acceptable tongue-out

 

 

Yeah, really? Wow.





Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


4731 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2668

Trusted

Reply # 1870447 21-Sep-2017 18:34
Send private message

The Yanks are doing that in places like Switzerland too. Sticking their noses in people's financial records and making foreign banks comply with US laws.


Mad Scientist
20004 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2714

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1870453 21-Sep-2017 19:04
Send private message

Geektastic:

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...

 

 

Perhaps it's a slang that's not American enough?





Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


850 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 173


  Reply # 1870504 21-Sep-2017 21:06
Send private message

The ending of questions with the word at is another, I believe, americanism, that is really common here, even with well educated people. Admittedly it's not considered good English in the U.S.

http://www.patrickkphillips.com/grammar/ending-sentences-with-at-grammar/

My kids say fire truck instead of fire engine and pants instead of trousers.




1244 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 530


  Reply # 1870506 21-Sep-2017 21:10
One person supports this post
Send private message

@tripper1000: One rule is that 'an' precedes only words starting with vowels, the other rule is that 'an' precedes words starting with a vowel sound.

 

No, there is only one rule. Use the article 'an' before a vowel sound, and 'a' before a consonant sound. So 'an hour', 'a unicorn'.


1244 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 530


  Reply # 1870510 21-Sep-2017 21:15
Send private message

@JayADee: ...but I admit I can't master the kiwi pronunciation of garage 

 

Garridge?


4731 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2668

Trusted

  Reply # 1870515 21-Sep-2017 21:21
Send private message

andrew027:

 

@tripper1000: One rule is that 'an' precedes only words starting with vowels, the other rule is that 'an' precedes words starting with a vowel sound.

 

No, there is only one rule. Use the article 'an' before a vowel sound, and 'a' before a consonant sound. So 'an hour', 'a unicorn'.

 

 

I've never understood "An hotel." then. Unless it's pronounced with a silent H??? "An oh tell."


1602 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 232


  Reply # 1870525 21-Sep-2017 21:49
Send private message

andrew027:

@JayADee: ...but I admit I can't master the kiwi pronunciation of garage 


Garridge?



Yes, so, gaw-raj. Maybe because it seldom comes up.

1602 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 232


  Reply # 1870528 21-Sep-2017 22:06
Send private message

DarthKermit:

andrew027:


@tripper1000: One rule is that 'an' precedes only words starting with vowels, the other rule is that 'an' precedes words starting with a vowel sound.


No, there is only one rule. Use the article 'an' before a vowel sound, and 'a' before a consonant sound. So 'an hour', 'a unicorn'.



I've never understood "An hotel." then. Unless it's pronounced with a silent H??? "An oh tell."



I would use a hotel. A history. But in front of just saying the letter h I would use an.
An 'h'. An 's'. An 'L'. An 'm'. An 'n'. An 'a', a 'b', a 'c' , a 'u', etc. but I'm sure no expert!


12681 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4206

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1870560 21-Sep-2017 23:13
Send private message

JayADee:
DarthKermit:

 

andrew027:

 

 

 

@tripper1000: One rule is that 'an' precedes only words starting with vowels, the other rule is that 'an' precedes words starting with a vowel sound.

 

 

 

No, there is only one rule. Use the article 'an' before a vowel sound, and 'a' before a consonant sound. So 'an hour', 'a unicorn'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've never understood "An hotel." then. Unless it's pronounced with a silent H??? "An oh tell."

 



I would use a hotel. A history. But in front of just saying the letter h I would use an.
An 'h'. An 's'. An 'L'. An 'm'. An 'n'. An 'a', a 'b', a 'c' , a 'u', etc. but I'm sure no expert!

 

 

 

The correct form would be 'an hotel' as in received pronunciation (BBC English) it the h in hotel is not stressed, unlike house etc.

 

Even after living here for over a decade, I still meet Kiwis I can't understand sometimes - I have to get them to repeat what they said! Even more strange is the fact that this current guttural version of the Kiwi accent seems fairly modern. I have listened to a number of recorded interviews from the 40 years or so after WW2 and the accent was a great deal more refined then than it is now. I do not know what changed it.






1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

NZ and France seek to end use of social media for acts of terrorism
Posted 24-Apr-2019 12:13


Intel introduces the 9th Gen Intel Core mobile processors
Posted 24-Apr-2019 12:03


Spark partners with OPPO to bring new AX5s smartphone to New Zealand
Posted 24-Apr-2019 09:54


Orcon announces new always-on internet service for Small Business
Posted 18-Apr-2019 10:19


Spark Sport prices for Rugby World Cup 2019 announced
Posted 16-Apr-2019 07:58


2degrees launches new unlimited mobile plan
Posted 15-Apr-2019 09:35


Redgate brings together major industry speakers for SQL in the City Summits
Posted 13-Apr-2019 12:35


Exported honey authenticated on Blockchain
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:19


HPE and Nutanix partner to deliver hybrid cloud as a service
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:12


Southern Cross and ASN sign contract for Southern Cross NEXT
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:09


Data security top New Zealand consumer priority when choosing a bank
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:07


Samsung announces first 8K screens to hit New Zealand
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:03


New cyber-protection and insurance product for businesses launched in APAC
Posted 10-Apr-2019 20:59


Kiwis ensure streaming is never interrupted by opting for uncapped broadband plans
Posted 7-Apr-2019 09:05


DHL Express introduces new MyDHL+ online portal to make shipping easier
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:51



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.