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SepticSceptic
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  #1473790 18-Jan-2016 13:46
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People who leave teabags in the sink

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  #1473857 18-Jan-2016 14:44
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SepticSceptic: People who leave teabags in the sink

 

Actually, people who leave anythink in the sink. [unfortunately I do that the most apparently ... hence the folly of this thread]

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  #1473883 18-Jan-2016 15:11
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Handsomedan: People that don't like kids.

They are small humans.

Were you never a kid?

 

 

Agatha Trunchbull: You have brats yourself?

 

Harry Wormwood: Yeah, I got a boy, Mikey, and one mis-*take*, Matilda.

 

Agatha Trunchbull: They're all mistakes, children! Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one.

 


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  #1473942 18-Jan-2016 16:00
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Geektastic:
RUKI:
Geektastic:
....... Especially those from countries that drive on the wrong side of the road...!
1) There is no right or wrong side of the road. .... ...
  If you were British, you would know that (1) is incorrect...
:-) If I were British, I would be hungry on that day in States:

 

  • The other little really annoing thing is in verbal communication - i.e. lack of understanding accents by some people who have no ability to comprehend little variations in accent.
I mispronounced once  letter "O" in McDonalds while in Washington DC and local guy was unable to understand what I was asking. My wife said - we are in States - you should pronounce it differently. I've changed it to "A" [uhh] and he got it. :-) If I were British - he would not have a clue....  

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  #1473951 18-Jan-2016 16:09
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richms:
jmh: American spelling. 


For me it's English spelling that pxxses me off. Lets stick these letters the wrong way around, or stick a needless u in a word that doesn't need it. And people that insist English spelling is the "proper" one despite being a vastly smaller population and a country with much fewer connections to.

 

 

 

Most Commonwealth countries use British spelling rather than American spelling.  I feel more connections to the Commonwealth than the US.

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  #1473953 18-Jan-2016 16:12
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Paul1977:
jonathan18: Those who think the use of the Oxford comma should be forced upon all others. 
I don't force it on others, but the Oxford comma (or serial comma) is awesome!

 

 

 

When I use to teach EFL (English as a Foreign Language) the only time we saw the Oxford comma was in the US teaching materials.  UK ones never had it.  As I worked for NZ and UK newspapers, we never used it there either.

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  #1473955 18-Jan-2016 16:14
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jmh:
richms:
jmh: American spelling. 


For me it's English spelling that pxxses me off. Lets stick these letters the wrong way around, or stick a needless u in a word that doesn't need it. And people that insist English spelling is the "proper" one despite being a vastly smaller population and a country with much fewer connections to.
  Most Commonwealth countries use British spelling rather than American spelling.  I feel more connections to the Commonwealth than the US.

 

I remember my High School Classical Studies teacher (also an English teacher) saying she wrote school reports using the 'z' spelling of the applicable words. When they were reviewed, she was told to change it to 's'. Of course she argued back by saying that UK English you should actually use the 'z'. But in the end she changed all to 's'. I googled later and found my teacher was correct.

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  #1473959 18-Jan-2016 16:17
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StevieT:
jmh:
richms:
jmh: American spelling. 


For me it's English spelling that pxxses me off. Lets stick these letters the wrong way around, or stick a needless u in a word that doesn't need it. And people that insist English spelling is the "proper" one despite being a vastly smaller population and a country with much fewer connections to.
  Most Commonwealth countries use British spelling rather than American spelling.  I feel more connections to the Commonwealth than the US.
I remember my High School Classical Studies teacher (also an English teacher) saying she wrote school reports using the 'z' spelling of the applicable words. When they were reviewed, she was told to change it to 's'. Of course she argued back by saying that UK English you should actually use the 'z'. But in the end she changed all to 's'. I googled later and found my teacher was correct.

 

 

 

Huh?  In the UK you use s in organisation not z, same with recognise etc.  I was a sub editor there and also worked in a university, so I'm pretty sure of that.

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  #1473980 18-Jan-2016 16:55
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When I ask for a small combo at a fast food establishment, only to be told they only have Medium and Large....

 

 

 

Even worse is if they ask if I want a large size, and I respond No, a small please.......

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  #1473983 18-Jan-2016 16:57
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jmh:
StevieT:
jmh:
richms:
jmh: American spelling. 


For me it's English spelling that pxxses me off. Lets stick these letters the wrong way around, or stick a needless u in a word that doesn't need it. And people that insist English spelling is the "proper" one despite being a vastly smaller population and a country with much fewer connections to.
  Most Commonwealth countries use British spelling rather than American spelling.  I feel more connections to the Commonwealth than the US.
I remember my High School Classical Studies teacher (also an English teacher) saying she wrote school reports using the 'z' spelling of the applicable words. When they were reviewed, she was told to change it to 's'. Of course she argued back by saying that UK English you should actually use the 'z'. But in the end she changed all to 's'. I googled later and found my teacher was correct.
  Huh?  In the UK you use s in organisation not z, same with recognise etc.  I was a sub editor there and also worked in a university, so I'm pretty sure of that.

 

 

 

The Oxford Dictionary (and the Oxford Press) prefers -ize -- see the Wikipedia page on spelling differences. Quite a good summary there too. (I personally use -ise, as do all the Brits that I know.)




 

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  #1473986 18-Jan-2016 16:58
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When I say "A Big Mac, burger only" and they reply "Is that the combo?"

 

Or when I say "A Big Mac combo, medium, coke no ice" and they come back with "Is this a medium or large?"

 

Listen to me...

 

 

 

 





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  #1473992 18-Jan-2016 17:07
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freitasm:

 

When I say "A Big Mac, burger only" and they reply "Is that the combo?"

 

Or when I say "A Big Mac combo, medium, coke no ice" and they come back with "Is this a medium or large?"

 

Listen to me...

 

 

 

Try asking them for "A large fries only." And see if they ask, "Do ya want fries with that?" tongue-out

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  #1474032 18-Jan-2016 17:47
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It is very consistent everywhere I find. They must have a rigid standard to follow or something. Ask next visit.

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  #1474033 18-Jan-2016 17:47
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DarthKermit:
freitasm: When I say "A Big Mac, burger only" and they reply "Is that the combo?" Or when I say "A Big Mac combo, medium, coke no ice" and they come back with "Is this a medium or large?" Listen to me...  
Try asking them for "A large fries only." And see if they ask, "Do ya want fries with that?" tongue-out

 

 

 

Freedom fries, of course...! ;-)





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  #1474034 18-Jan-2016 17:48
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gzt: It is very consistent everywhere I find. They must have a rigid standard to follow or something. Ask next visit.

 

 

 

Yes they do. You will find the exact script taped up if you go behind the counter in most such places. Deviation from the script is not permitted. We are The Borg. Resistance is futile: you will be assimilated.





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