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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1290 on: December 11, 2013, 10:53:41 AM »
One of my friends at work retired recently.  His name was Douglas, but he always went by his middle name, which was Larry.  When it came time for the Big Boss to make a speech about Larry, he constantly referred to him as "Douglas".  It wouldn't have mattered, except that this boss tried to pass himself off as a pal of the retiree (he's one of those bosses who likes to think that he's everybody's friend).

Hee hee! I shouldn't laugh at this, but it's somewhat karmic. I had a woman once make a similar kind of speech about me, and although she went on and on about all the good times we'd had together (I barely knew her), she pronounced my surname a different way each and every time she said it over the ten minutes. Even the people who knew neither of us were made aware that she was making stuff up.

We got a new uncle in the family at a funeral. Uncle Larry. I can't remember who died, I think it was my great grandma, but for some reason the priest who really knew the family very well couldn't preside over the ceremony. So they had the priest who had just transfered to the diocese do it, which was perfectly fine with my family, as long as it was Catholic. But in listing the names of the surviving children, there was a line break in an awkward place. So all the names were listed as first name, middle name. Except this one. It went "Survived by Mary Elizabeth; Catherine Grace; John; Larry; Joseph Hancock; and Elaine Christine." Long, definite pauses. "Uncle Larry" still sends condolence cards and floral arrangements to any other family members when someone passes, and there's usually a few Christmas cards that go around from him. It's a fun family tradition.

In other news, I had to explain to my boyfriend that it didn't matter what the date on the bottle said, when his Tylenol smells like vinegar, it's gone bad and he has to throw it out. He kept arguing that the bottle said it should last for at least another year, that's what the expiration date was. I had to pull up some information on the internet about acetaminophen and how it broke down and then have him take a deep smell before he finally admitted that it might not be time to get rid of it.

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1291 on: December 11, 2013, 02:35:02 PM »

We got a new uncle in the family at a funeral. Uncle Larry. I can't remember who died, I think it was my great grandma, but for some reason the priest who really knew the family very well couldn't preside over the ceremony. So they had the priest who had just transfered to the diocese do it, which was perfectly fine with my family, as long as it was Catholic. But in listing the names of the surviving children, there was a line break in an awkward place. So all the names were listed as first name, middle name. Except this one. It went "Survived by Mary Elizabeth; Catherine Grace; John; Larry; Joseph Hancock; and Elaine Christine." Long, definite pauses. "Uncle Larry" still sends condolence cards and floral arrangements to any other family members when someone passes, and there's usually a few Christmas cards that go around from him. It's a fun family tradition.
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« Reply #1292 on: December 11, 2013, 02:53:21 PM »


One boy looked at the word "cat" and read it as "seeaytee". He added, "It must be a grown-up word, because I don't know what it means. A lot of words that get written down are grown-up words."


I don't think  you're being unreasonable at all. I don't know how the parents expect their kids to link everything together (a printed word, the sound of the word and it's meaning) easily* without it. Why make it that much more difficult for them?

As for what I quoted from your post, on the other hand, this summer I was briefly with a 7 or 8 y/old from the UK who was spelling cat "kaa-ah-tee". That's how they teach them and ask them to, past first grade, to spell.
Now, she knew how to speel it "see-ay-tee" alright but she had multiple schools since first grade so it might comme from there.
I was pretty much like that  :o. How dumb do they think kids are that they don't try to teach both the name of the letter and it's sound?

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« Reply #1293 on: December 11, 2013, 02:58:42 PM »
My mom's friend--60ish--went on a trip to the American Southwest and exclaimed, "It's so weird, they have all these places with 'butt' in the name!" People in the Southwest probably get that a lot.

FTR, the word is "butte" as in Butte, Montana or Red Butte or Elephant Butte. It's pronounced byoot, like if you were saying "beautiful" but just used the first syllable. It's a geographic feature, one of those iconic straight-sided, flat-topped hills they have in the American West and Southwest. Personally I would expect an adult American to have picked up on that by now, from the movies if nothing else.
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« Reply #1294 on: December 11, 2013, 03:30:43 PM »
The word "suite" is not pronounced "suit". Country Inn and Suits has yet to be invented.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1295 on: December 11, 2013, 03:36:38 PM »
My mom's friend--60ish--went on a trip to the American Southwest and exclaimed, "It's so weird, they have all these places with 'butt' in the name!" People in the Southwest probably get that a lot.

FTR, the word is "butte" as in Butte, Montana or Red Butte or Elephant Butte. It's pronounced byoot, like if you were saying "beautiful" but just used the first syllable. It's a geographic feature, one of those iconic straight-sided, flat-topped hills they have in the American West and Southwest. Personally I would expect an adult American to have picked up on that by now, from the movies if nothing else.

I'm reminded of Whose Line Is It Anyway: "They call it Butte, not Butt, Montana!"
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« Reply #1296 on: December 11, 2013, 03:37:22 PM »
The word "suite" is not pronounced "suit". Country Inn and Suits has yet to be invented.

Unfortunately some of the people who work there, haven't realized that yet.

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« Reply #1297 on: December 11, 2013, 05:15:01 PM »
My mom's friend--60ish--went on a trip to the American Southwest and exclaimed, "It's so weird, they have all these places with 'butt' in the name!" People in the Southwest probably get that a lot.

FTR, the word is "butte" as in Butte, Montana or Red Butte or Elephant Butte. It's pronounced byoot, like if you were saying "beautiful" but just used the first syllable. It's a geographic feature, one of those iconic straight-sided, flat-topped hills they have in the American West and Southwest. Personally I would expect an adult American to have picked up on that by now, from the movies if nothing else.

I don't know - most of our film and tv entertainment is Amercian and I woudn't have known that.

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« Reply #1298 on: December 11, 2013, 06:54:53 PM »
I know we've moved on from the wild animal discussion but I had to tell myself something obvious this evening: don't try to stroke a massive, furry cat whilst only wearing one contact lens. Because it won't be a cat, it'll be a slightly freaked out fox.

When I was in Romania recently someone in my tour group got electrocuted putting her arm through the fence at the bear sanctuary to take closer photos of the bears. She's lucky she didn't get her arm ripped off.

Also, someone on this thread visited my workplace recently!  ;D

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« Reply #1299 on: December 12, 2013, 12:50:56 PM »
My MIL is an interesting woman, to put it bluntly, and an "inventive" cook.

Once she offered then-boyfriend and I what she called "leftover chili".  We agreed that chili sounded wonderful and agreed to have a bowl.  Then she pulled the pot out of the fridge to heat some up for us.

Apparently, in MIL-world, leftover chili is NOT chili that has been made previously, stored, and reheated at a later date.  No - it is an amalgam of all the leftovers in the fridge that are an the verge of spoiling, including half a cherry pie!!    :o :o :o  I am not making this up. 

FIL hadn't realized at the time what she'd done but when he saw us hastily changing our minds (pasta, cherry pie, and deity-knows what else was NOT appetizing) he offered to take everyone out for dinner.  He never corrected her or made any disparaging remarks but that was my first clue that life with MIL would never be dull!


ETA - DH corrected me.  it was leftover stew, not chili.   ;)
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« Reply #1300 on: December 12, 2013, 12:56:42 PM »
My in-laws make leftover soup. As in, all meat scraps and broth from every meal is saved and frozen until the soup is made. The soup is made from frozen vegetables and all of these bits and pieces in a 50 quart stock pot and left to boil away for hours (just in case something wasn't fresh enough), then left sitting on the counter until cool and put into containers and frozen.

There are only two people who live there, and they make enough soup for a large group. When their refrigerator and freezer broke last November, DH and I got to throw away 20 quarts of leftover soup. Some of them were from 2009.  :o
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« Reply #1301 on: December 12, 2013, 01:15:41 PM »
My MIL is an interesting woman, to put it bluntly, and an "inventive" cook.

Once she offered then-boyfriend and I what she called "leftover chili".  We agreed that chili sounded wonderful and agreed to have a bowl.  Then she pulled the pot out of the fridge to heat some up for us.

Apparently, in MIL-world, leftover chili is NOT chili that has been made previously, stored, and reheated at a later date.  No - it is an amalgam of all the leftovers in the fridge that are an the verge of spoiling, including half a cherry pie!!    :o :o :o  I am not making this up. 

FIL hadn't realized at the time what she'd done but when he saw us hastily changing our minds (pasta, cherry pie, and deity-knows what else was NOT appetizing) he offered to take everyone out for dinner.  He never corrected her or made any disparaging remarks but that was my first clue that life with MIL would never be dull!

Oh my. I'm envisaging Rachel Greene's Thanksgiving trifle. You know, the one that 'tasted like feet'...

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« Reply #1302 on: December 12, 2013, 09:39:22 PM »
I've had a couple of friends through the years who went by their middle names....however, their wives called them by their first names. 

I was out once with Donna and mutual acquaintance when she referred to "Frank".  Acquaintance said "Who's Frank?  I thought your husband's name was John."  Donna answered "Oh, Frank is the guy I sleep with." 
 :o

Donna is hysterical and lightning quick!

OT but my DH has a name (let's pretend it's 'Mark') and ALL of his relatives refer to him as 'Marky' because his dad is also 'Mark'.

I loathe 'Marky' so I just call him 'Mark' and deal with the resultant confusion over 'which Mark?'


Ok I just have never gotten this -


I have many cousins that "share" names. Some actually share them being they are named for the older on or a common ancestor. Others are on completely different branches. Still I know who people are talking about without clarification almost every time. Previously it was "little" first name was used. My Dad and Aunt HATED that convention and put an end to it.
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« Reply #1303 on: December 12, 2013, 09:59:27 PM »
I do remember once when I was young and had a bunch of old people (younger than I am now) and a lot of leftovers at at the camp after a well orchestrated meal who lingered for another meal. I asked my favorite aunt if certain stuff would go together to make a soupy casserole. Somehow I managed to satisfy about 12 people with leftovers, two kinds of soupy casseroles and a lot of leftover bread. Nothing beyond reasonable eating date.

So what I am saying is that if you take a lot of glop and put it together properly, it works. And we can get a lot praise for the effort.

And there was no alcohol involved  :) Just love. We did hit the alcohol after the guests left!

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« Reply #1304 on: December 12, 2013, 10:02:48 PM »
I am forever confused about what the proper names of some of my relatives should be - sometimes they'll get referred to by four different names in the same conversation.  Some of my relatives on my dad's side sort of go by their legal first names, but the family southern accent has rendered the name quite differently than the spelling would suggest.  Serena became "Shreeny," and Juanita became "Waneeter." 

Back on thing adults should know:
I often find myself having to tell people that it will take more than 15 minutes to drive 20 miles.  Most places on Earth are not connected directly by a straight road with a high speed limit.