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shhh its me

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14910 on: February 25, 2014, 04:16:52 PM »
Small annoyance but it does bug me sometimes. Posts that use the abbreviations for US states instead of spelling them out. I can figure out a few of the obvious ones - New York, New
Jersey, California, Florida, for example.  I'm not sure I ever learned to the names of all 50 states, let alone the abbreviations. Haven't noticed it with other countries - maybe because most forum members are US and it's assumed knowledge. Figure a state's been mentioned because it's relevant to a post. Often wish posters would take pity of those of us who live elsewhere and spell it out once before abbreviating.

Going back a few days, to this one -- I too am not in the States; while I feel that my US geography is not too bad, I have a similar problem with the abbreviations.  As Psychopoesie says, some are obvious, or can be worked out from context; others, not so much so. I feel that you US folk have altogether too many states that begin with M ! -- also, I cannot for the life of me remember whether AK is Alaska or Arkansas, or what is the abbreviation for the other of those two.  Can any kind person set me right on this last point?  There's got to be some memory-aid which can be devised re this particular "headache"...
http://www.50states.com/abbreviations.htm#.UwtzBIVnjW4

BD: many thanks. Eight "M's" -- that's just too much ! -- especially since I sometimes get extra-confused by Manitoba, though a moment's reflection usually clarifies, that that one is in the US's neighbour to the north.

The pestiferous "A's": I being one for whom the sillier the memory-aid is, the more memorable it is -- dealing with the problem, looked at as follows.

Alabama (AL): think of the daft joke by Groucho Marx, about the city of TUSCALOOSA (prominent "L"), in that state: "When hunting elephants in Africa, I always have dreadful trouble getting their tusks out; but in Alabama, Tuscaloosa."

Alaska (AK): an inhabitant of Alaska might perhaps paddle around the shores of his state in a KAYAK.

Arizona (AZ): obvious, with the only incidence of the relatively uncommon letter Z.

Arkansas (AR): lies alongside the biggest RIVER in North America.


Latest posts -- glad to learn that some US citizens sometimes struggle, also !

To my knowledge unless someone uses the aberration regularly it wouldn't be expect for them to know them all of them.  Not that it comes up in conversation but I would expect every 4th grader to know there are 50 states but I would think it was weird if anyone for a cashier at McDonald to a  neurosurgeon didn't know off the top of their heads whether  MI. was for Michigan , Minnesota , Mississippi  or Missouri.   

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14911 on: February 25, 2014, 05:09:58 PM »
PeOpLe wHo tYpE lIkE tHiS.

That was very difficult to type FYI. Just stop it. It was never cute, it will never be cute, stop it.

Is that still a thing?  I remember that in chat rooms in the 90's.

GlitterIsMyDrug

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14912 on: February 25, 2014, 05:13:23 PM »
PeOpLe wHo tYpE lIkE tHiS.

That was very difficult to type FYI. Just stop it. It was never cute, it will never be cute, stop it.

Is that still a thing?  I remember that in chat rooms in the 90's.

I've seen it pop up a few times on my Facebook feed. From unfortunately adults who probably thought it was cool in the 90s and early 2000s (I remember it from when I was in jr. high/high school). I know someone once told me it was "easier"....no, no it's not. Not at all. I believe my friend who rarely capitalizes and says it's "easier" because he hunts and pecks so yeah for him that is easier. But swapping between the two cannot be easier.

Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14913 on: February 25, 2014, 05:44:27 PM »
Only time I type like that is when I have to make up a password and I hate it.

I once forgot my password and one of the requirements was "This cannot be anything resembling your last password!" Um, if I could remember my password, I wouldn't be in this position!
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diesel_darlin

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14914 on: February 25, 2014, 06:59:38 PM »
PeOpLe wHo tYpE lIkE tHiS.

That was very difficult to type FYI. Just stop it. It was never cute, it will never be cute, stop it.

This. Oh yes, this. I als0 d1slyk3 w3n pp1 typ3 lyk d1s.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14915 on: February 25, 2014, 08:57:36 PM »
People who are waiting to pick up others and block the walkway/entrance of the building. Grr.

I'll see your blocking building walkway/entrances, ladyknight1, and raise you blocking the flow of traffic in the parking lot by people who park in front of the store/restaurant to pick up order instead of parking >10 feet away in an available slot.  ::)

I went through the drive-in of a fast food restaurant tonight.  The person in front of me pulled away from the window and stopped about 8 feet away, directly in front of me (there was enough room for me to pull up to the window but when I pulled up they were only about 3 feet in front of me).  I figured they were checking their order and would then pull away and drive off.  Nope.  I finished paying and saw that the truck was still there, essentially blocking the driveway of the Wendy's.  I had to slowly pull around to be able to drive off.  They were sitting there eating.

Yes, people blocking entrances, driveways, and so forth with their vehicles drive me completely up the wall!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14916 on: February 25, 2014, 09:31:23 PM »
People who stand or sit with their arms crossed - and their hands in their armpits. 

Grosses me out, especially when they then take one of those hands and either shake yours, or use it to hand you something, or take something from you that they will later give back.
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WishUponAStar

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14917 on: February 25, 2014, 10:50:51 PM »
Otherwise nice coworker feels it necessary to:

*Speak as loudly and sharply as possible
*Get involved in conversation in the room he's not involved in, and keeps chiming in even if he is ignored.
*One loud, jarring cough several times a minute to clear his throat.
*The loudest snorting and swallowing I have ever heard
*Banging the keyboard so loud the desk shakes
*Tapping his chair, desk, head repeatedly if nervous
*Clicking his pin a jillion times

 I feel bad saying this because he's a good guy, but yesterday I thought I was going to go crazy. I had a headache and my desk is literally right next to his.

ladyknight1

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14918 on: February 26, 2014, 09:47:16 AM »
The headache I have had since 4:30 AM.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14919 on: February 26, 2014, 11:37:28 AM »
Small annoyance but it does bug me sometimes. Posts that use the abbreviations for US states instead of spelling them out. I can figure out a few of the obvious ones - New York, New
Jersey, California, Florida, for example.  I'm not sure I ever learned to the names of all 50 states, let alone the abbreviations. Haven't noticed it with other countries - maybe because most forum members are US and it's assumed knowledge. Figure a state's been mentioned because it's relevant to a post. Often wish posters would take pity of those of us who live elsewhere and spell it out once before abbreviating.

Going back a few days, to this one -- I too am not in the States; while I feel that my US geography is not too bad, I have a similar problem with the abbreviations.  As Psychopoesie says, some are obvious, or can be worked out from context; others, not so much so. I feel that you US folk have altogether too many states that begin with M ! -- also, I cannot for the life of me remember whether AK is Alaska or Arkansas, or what is the abbreviation for the other of those two.  Can any kind person set me right on this last point?  There's got to be some memory-aid which can be devised re this particular "headache"...
http://www.50states.com/abbreviations.htm#.UwtzBIVnjW4

BD: many thanks. Eight "M's" -- that's just too much ! -- especially since I sometimes get extra-confused by Manitoba, though a moment's reflection usually clarifies, that that one is in the US's neighbour to the north.

The pestiferous "A's": I being one for whom the sillier the memory-aid is, the more memorable it is -- dealing with the problem, looked at as follows.

Alabama (AL): think of the daft joke by Groucho Marx, about the city of TUSCALOOSA (prominent "L"), in that state: "When hunting elephants in Africa, I always have dreadful trouble getting their tusks out; but in Alabama, Tuscaloosa."

Alaska (AK): an inhabitant of Alaska might perhaps paddle around the shores of his state in a KAYAK.

Arizona (AZ): obvious, with the only incidence of the relatively uncommon letter Z.

Arkansas (AR): lies alongside the biggest RIVER in North America.


Latest posts -- glad to learn that some US citizens sometimes struggle, also !

To my knowledge unless someone uses the aberration regularly it wouldn't be expect for them to know them all of them.  Not that it comes up in conversation but I would expect every 4th grader to know there are 50 states but I would think it was weird if anyone for a cashier at McDonald to a  neurosurgeon didn't know off the top of their heads whether  MI. was for Michigan , Minnesota , Mississippi  or Missouri.   

Many years ago, I took shorthand class in high school. Yes, a skill that's useless now! But we did learn one skill I use all the time: we had to memorize all the states' initials. I always thought it was common knowledge, but I do see a lot of people who mix them up.

Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14920 on: February 26, 2014, 11:47:44 AM »
Some of the quizzes on fbook that have been popping up where you have to choose an image and not all of them tell you just what the image is of.  IE "Choose a band" but there are no names, just pictures and typically I have no idea who 6 of the 9 bands are, and of the ones I do know, I don't really like them.

Just makes me feel old and out of the loop, as much of it is pop culture.  Sometimes it's "Pick a fandom!" And the choices are:

Dr. Who
Pretty Little Liars
Supernatural
Duck Dynasty
Mad Men
Breaking Bad
Then sometimes there are 3 snarky options about not owning a tv,  living under a rock and not knowing what they are, or being too superior.  Um, it's none of the above. I do have a tv (though no satellite or cable), I am aware of the series, I'm just not interested.

While I'm sure they're popular, I just don't watch them!

I have gotten to a point where if I can't answer the question I stop the quiz.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14921 on: February 26, 2014, 11:52:23 AM »
It Really Annoys me when people Capitalize random Words.
  >:( >:( >:(

There is a particular person in a chat I frequent that capitalizes every word!

I "have" a Facebook friend "who" randomly puts "quotations" around "words".

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14922 on: February 26, 2014, 01:22:59 PM »
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Then librarian scolded me for using the book drop

I used to take the same fitness class as an employee of the local library, and oh my, the complaints she had about people using the book drop.  "People use it even when the library is open!  It's such a pain!"  I sympathize, really - the books end up all over the floor instead of nicely stacked on a desk, but the book drop is there to be used, right?

In our case, the library was already closed, so he couldn't have returned them at the desk.  And yes, I always thought they existed for the convenience of those who were unable to go wait in line. 


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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14923 on: February 26, 2014, 01:32:04 PM »
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Then librarian scolded me for using the book drop

I used to take the same fitness class as an employee of the local library, and oh my, the complaints she had about people using the book drop.  "People use it even when the library is open!  It's such a pain!"  I sympathize, really - the books end up all over the floor instead of nicely stacked on a desk, but the book drop is there to be used, right?

In our case, the library was already closed, so he couldn't have returned them at the desk.  And yes, I always thought they existed for the convenience of those who were unable to go wait in line.

If the bookdrop causes books to end up all over the floor, then the problem isn't that people are using it, but that the library doesn't have an adequate way of collecting books dropped.

At my local library, the book drop is outside the front doors.  If I'm just dropping off, am I supposed to walk past the book drop, into the building (which also houses a branch of the county's courts), up a flight of stairs, and then to the return desk?

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14924 on: February 26, 2014, 02:01:27 PM »
Many libraries I've been to lock the outside book drop because they do want the books returned inside the building if the library is open.  They typically have an inside book drop that is checked frequently, but the outside is reserved for after hours use only.