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New car wash being installed in Peoria, IL and here is an advertisement for it snipped from the net:

 

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I almost forgot to mention this one:

"as well"

I counted once, and a local news guy used it seven times in about a minute.

Evidently the words "too" and "also" do not exist any more.

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6 hours ago, E160BHM said:

…4 X 4 with a wench.

Always someone putting an 18,000 lb wench on their truck, whenever i have to move my SIL, i use a trailer, to each their own. 

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7 hours ago, Binderoid said:

Thrashing machine.

Does that mean I was getting a thrashing instead of threshing when dad was beating my azz.

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I don't let any of it bother me. What bothers me is people claiming that it's the younger folks today that are not learning or being taught these things. I call BS on that. I had to deal with written statements my soldiers wrote in the late 1970s through 1996. Many I had to sit over them and help them rewrite them. Many, unedited, sounded like a 3rd world language. One, written by a young SGT, described the actions of one of his soldiers. He wrote "he done good, he done real good". IIRC that was in the early 80s.

Some were poor inner city kids, some country kids and some from middle class American suburbs.

 

Rick

 

 

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On 5/20/2022 at 10:41 PM, td9bcf180 said:

A guy told me one time that his neighbour (USA = neighbor- both are correct spellings) bought a new truck- a 10 wheeler- to pull his 48' semi trailer. "Not sure what make it was but I think it was a KENMORE".  My  reply was "I bet the motor sounded like a washing machine".  

Oh no...you have  that wrong ...!!  It's   a "KENWOOD "....

...well, that s what one of  the ER Nurse's who attended  my   stupidity   said....  after putting the R Model  Mack on its roof......

However....I have the utmost admiration for those women whose lives revolve around   ''repairing''  alcohol fueled idiots like me....(actually I don't drink alcohol  ).never complaining   ...underpaid for their dedication.......and no doubt  their tools of trade  differ radically from some beat up hillbilly's tools ......  thus   I didn't even bother to 'correct'' her....

Mike

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I see on Craigslist there are some "Red Semiangus" heifers for sale. I'm guessing they are Simiangus cross heifers, but who knows.

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On 5/20/2022 at 6:41 AM, td9bcf180 said:

A guy told me one time that his neighbour (USA = neighbor- both are correct spellings) bought a new truck- a 10 wheeler- to pull his 48' semi trailer. "Not sure what make it was but I think it was a KENMORE".  My  reply was "I bet the motor sounded like a washing machine".  

He didn't buy a lorry? Lol. That's the problem with threads like this. Everyone gets shell shocked and anxious about their own spelling and grammar!

When I read the English/Canadian/Australian/new Zealandian (idk) spelling of neighbour, harbour, etc., I always say it like neighboor or harboor in my head, as in "cool" or "soothe". Then I chuckle to myself.

Easily amused is the way to be. It's a happy life.

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10 hours ago, dads706 said:

I see on Craigslist there are some "Red Semiangus" heifers for sale. I'm guessing they are Simiangus cross heifers, but who knows.

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On 5/20/2022 at 10:24 PM, JoeNEIllinois said:

My peeve today is my co-worker who calls every one "bro".

 

Just today he was introduced to a VP of our company, and he said "What to do you do for the company bro?"

This is related to one of my biggest pet peeves. People who call every single assemblage of people, whether it's sports teams fans, operators of a particular brand of farm equipment, coworkers, fellow union members or whatever, "family", "brothers"/"sisters", or "nation".

I'm a firefighter and it's like nails on a chalkboard to hear people refer to it as a brotherhood, or to me as their brother. With the amount of smack talk, gossip and backbiting in the fire service (it's in all of them), I never want siblings like them. I've said "I have two siblings in this world, and that includes none of you".

And then there's "nation". It kinda made sense in the context of sports fan diaspora, (e.g. "Steelers Nation" or whatever), in that those fanbases truly have fans all over the actual nation. Still stupid, but I realized it really jumped the shark when I was at my local high school and saw a poster advertising the school's sale of "Tigers Nation" shirts. Really? A whole nation of compatriots for this crappy town's crappy sports teams? If my eyes could roll any farther, they'd do a lap. No thanks. I'll stick with American. 

I have siblings and I'm a citizen of a nation. Learn to use actual words, already crafted for application in that actual context!

Honorable mentions:

The newly ubiquitous "_____ Strong".

And a one-off that's equally idiotic "Bills Mafia".

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On 5/21/2022 at 9:18 AM, Binderoid said:

Thrashing machine.

I am not certain, but I think they were really called thrashing machines at one point. I think I also got annoyed when I read this, and went and looked it up. Been a while though and I'm not confident in that. Too lazy to go looking again. Hoping someone here sets me straight. Odds are good!

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5 hours ago, KWRB said:

He didn't buy a lorry? Lol. That's the problem with threads like this. Everyone gets shell shocked and anxious about their own spelling and grammar!

When I read the English/Canadian/Australian/new Zealandian (idk) spelling of neighbour, harbour, etc., I always say it like neighboor or harboor in my head, as in "cool" or "soothe". Then I chuckle to myself.

Easily amused is the way to be. It's a happy life.

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No lorries here, nay-burr!  Is it gar-aje, gar-age or graje?  Rooooof or Ruuuuf? (point is- if we all pronounced every word the same way, we would be a dull lot.  As in your last statement- "easily amused is the way to be- it's a happy life" .  Agreed.

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6 hours ago, mike newman said:

....whats  all that about then, bro???....sigh

Mike

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I was kinda hoping you'd bail (bale?) me out, and tell me the demonym for New Zealand...

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5 hours ago, td9bcf180 said:

No lorries here, nay-burr!  Is it gar-aje, gar-age or graje?  Rooooof or Ruuuuf? (point is- if we all pronounced every word the same way, we would be a dull lot.  As in your last statement- "easily amused is the way to be- it's a happy life" .  Agreed.

This reminds me quite a few years back there was a couple guys from Tennessee up here duck hunting. Got talking with them and when he said what he did for a job 3 of us all heard something different. To this day I have no idea what he said lol

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On 5/21/2022 at 4:08 PM, oldtanker said:

I don't let any of it bother me. What bothers me is people claiming that it's the younger folks today that are not learning or being taught these things. I call BS on that. I had to deal with written statements my soldiers wrote in the late 1970s through 1996. Many I had to sit over them and help them rewrite them. Many, unedited, sounded like a 3rd world language. One, written by a young SGT, described the actions of one of his soldiers. He wrote "he done good, he done real good". IIRC that was in the early 80s.

Some were poor inner city kids, some country kids and some from middle class American suburbs.

 

Rick

Here's what the primitive people taught in the days of old:

This is what you would learn if you went to university in the 12th century.
Could modern schools and universities learn something from it?

A Thread.

There was, of course, no single Medieval curriculum.  But there was, undoubtedly, a unified mode of education.
 
That's what we'll be exploring here. So if you went to university in the 12th century, this is what you might expect to learn.

Bear in mind that Medieval students often started university at 14 years of age.

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1528171387936034817.html

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Bill Bryson, in his "Shakespeare", goes into what William was likely taught at school.  Likely heavy doses of religion and Latin (like about 150 different ways of saying "Thank you for your letter") but not much else.

Not quite that far back - in the mid 1970's I showed a US university English major the English exam papers for the 1959 Senior exam here (high school graduation).  

Her comment was "Well that is interesting - I'll see some of that in my third year".

Added a touch of irony to the question asked more than once by people your side on finding I was from Australia - "Well how come you seem to speak such good English?"

Mind you our standards have gone downhill from there too.

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6 hours ago, KWRB said:

I was kinda hoping you'd bail (bale?) me out, and tell me the demonym for New Zealand...

Well, Bro...I can help you out here.....the demonym that has eluded you thus far., is    "Kiwi ""  or plural "Kiwi's "

...That is what we are known as...in the civilised   world....as in Australia...the British Isles .... Western Canada.....and South Africa

..The United States    general populace, have been far to preoccupied.. (.with some early military    exceptions)  ..to be bothered with us....down under...

The Kiwi is a flightless bird.....the similarity with the local homo sapiens   will possibly elude you, also...you would be in good company should that be so.....

..and finally, a ""Lorry'' is a form of a terrestial   conveyancer...found only in the British  Isles....no where else....

Right....now that we have sorted out some of the vexed issues that our Mate, KWRB,   was carrying on his shoulders...we can proceed to the picture of the current President of the United States...Mr Biden....(posted earlier   today...)who faces yet another challenge in the next day or so....when our very own   despot......is scheduled to have a meeting with  him...

She most certainly will challenge Mr Biden's   cognative  dissonance....he will be wondering just what he has struck.......just watch this  space......;)

 

Mike

 

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2 hours ago, Ian Beale said:

Added a touch of irony to the question asked more than once by people your side on finding I was from Australia - "Well how come you seem to speak such good English?"

A good friend of mine, a Jamaican, while in college in Florida was conversing with a co-ed from Chicago, who marveled that he was able to learn English so quickly!

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Mike

Another test of "how it is said and where are you from" was that used by a Canadian (Major IIRC) "Scarlet O'Hara who was a POW in Colditz Castle.

His test sentence was "I saw thousands of Boy Scouts routing about in their brown trousers"

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