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I had a few instances of confusion at a friend's house when they asked for the "clicker" - it was what they called a remote! 

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they just forget that they are not in common usage for most other people.

When my first daughter was a newborn and was a bit fussy, a friend of a friend asked me if I had a "soo" that I could use.  I looked at her blankly, and she had to explain that "soo" was her word for "soother", or "pacifier".

Not to derail with a discussion about different pacifier names :D but my cousin calls it a "toota." That's how it sounds, anyway. I think it might be usage from her DH's family. It took me a while to figure out what they were referring to when they asked for the baby's toota.
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I had a few instances of confusion at a friend's house when they asked for the "clicker" - it was what they called a remote!

We call a remote a "clicker."  :)

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I had a few instances of confusion at a friend's house when they asked for the "clicker" - it was what they called a remote!

We call a remote a "clicker."  :)

I don't say that, but I have heard it. In context, it could be confusing for me, as I have several friends who have clicker trained their dogs. <G>
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I've heard it before, but only when discussing medication with people of my grandfather's generation.  It's a very old-fashioned term for a diuretic!


An euphemism I've heard from some older relatives for what happens when you take this medication is "making water" so that may have been where the term water pill came from. 
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I had a few instances of confusion at a friend's house when they asked for the "clicker" - it was what they called a remote!

There was an Adam Sandler movie called "Click", which meant the remote.

Lucas calls it a 'firestick', which still confuses me after about 40 years of owning TV remotes. I'm slow.


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We call it the boredom control.

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With regard to pronunciation of "Don Quixote," Spanish spelling and pronunciation have also changed over the centuries; if the book had been written in Spain in the 19th century, he would have been spelled "Don Quijote." I mostly see that usage of x for /h/ in Mexican spellings of words borrowed from native languages: for example, Oaxaca is pronounced something like "wah-hah-kah."

There's a joke about a Texas town, Mexia:

Some tourists driving through decided to stop for a bite. They asked the waitress, "How do you pronounce the name of this place?"
She said, "Day-a-ree Ka-ween."


(The town is "meh-HEE-ah."  Their motto: "A great place to live, no matter how you pronounce it")
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^ :)

I'm from Texas.

I had to tell someone that although their new employee seemed great, nothing had been posted on their social media accounts in two weeks, so they might want to look into that.

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I had to tell someone that although their new employee seemed great, nothing had been posted on their social media accounts in two weeks, so they might want to look into that.

Why was that a problem? Is posting to social media part of the person's job duties?

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Yes. They were hired to replace the previous "designate". That's a big deal in my organization.

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At the county public library today. Got to listen to a librarian patiently trying to explain to a young woman that the county library was not the library for the local college, that it was in no way connected to the local college, so, no, the books your professor put on reserve for his class will not be found here.

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In a college biology class when talking about inherited traits, there was a girl who was absolutely adamant that if you cut off a mouse's tail, any babies the mouse had would also not have tails. The teacher and everyone in the class tried to explain it to her, but she was absolutely positive. One guy even told her that his dad was a vet who lost his lower leg in combat before he was born, and yet he had two full legs. That finally seems to sort of sink in, but she still wasn't sure...

I also knew a couple in their 30's who were trying to have a baby. Both very intellectual, in professional fields. The wife shared with some of us that they were playing scrabble once a month just like the books tell you to do to conceive but it just wasn't working and they were starting to think they were infertile - they tried every month on the 15th. One lady tried to explain about her cycle and that it was the middle of her CYCLE (sort of) not the middle of the month, but she very politely disagreed because her book said otherwise. Said lady then tried to suggest trying more often maybe, and she said that wouldn't help and could actually reduce the count of things (not sure what words get blocked) if they played scrabble more than once a month.

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It doesn't necessarily work like that, more like every few days to "build up". Once a month though is rather sad IMHO.

I also think it's rather sad how many adults grow up ignorant of "the facts of life". Sometimes with unintended consequences.

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They used to say every other day was ideal, but I ran into an article recently that said that the "build up" idea, while valid, turns out to actually be less important than simply having more opportunities, so now they're saying to go ahead and try every day.  I wonder how many guys could keep up that kind of schedule.  :)