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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13695 on: November 15, 2013, 02:04:00 PM »
when i'm talking to certain "person" and i can make a jokey comment  "oh that eejit next door annoys me, i wish i could shove a potato up his exhaust", and they decide i'm being serious(Sweet monkey fritters!??) and have a go at me telling me i'd get arrested etc etc,  i'm sat facing them with a smile on my face and used the word "wish", to me that means 'i know i can't but darnit i'd like to',  grrrrrrrrrrrrr   i've never had so much as a parking ticket, or came home & late drunk & i'm the one who gets this rubbish!!!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13696 on: November 15, 2013, 02:49:59 PM »
My mother is currently driving me up the wall, and it's a good thing we're not in the same state! (she's in CO, and I'm in MN)

My DH got a job with his current employer about three years.  He works for a grocery chain that's strictly in the metro area - there are currently no plans to expand across the rest of the state, much less expand into another state.  I should also add that my DH works in purchasing and inventory.  He doesn't work in a grocery store, nor does he have any experience working in a grocery store.

Yet, at least once per month for the past three years, my mother has brought up the AWESOME NEW IDEA that my DH will somehow convince his company to open a grocery store out in CO, conveniently near where she lives.  Then DH will come out and manage said grocery store (with all his zero experience) and life will be magnificent, with unicorns and butterflies happily frolicking together.  Sigh.  I am so irritated with her for constantly bringing this up!  I actually hurt her feelings last time she brought it up by snapping, "Mom, it's not going to happen.  Stop it!".  Somehow that meant to her I never wanted to live in CO again...Sigh.  ::)

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« Reply #13697 on: November 15, 2013, 03:01:54 PM »
Overused business catchphrases.

I had to attend a webinar recently. Within five minutes I was ready to walk out of the room, I couldn't stand listening to this guy speak. It was a half an hour webinar, and required by my company. He had a few key phrases that I wanted to keep a tally, but I couldn't without being noticed.

"Here's the bottom line..."
"Why? Because here's number one..."
"Let me tell you what I know..."
"Here's the thing..."
"Let me tell you something..."
"I'm going to explain something to you..."
"Here's the facts..."
"What it boils down to is..."

One of the above phrases happened about every minute. Probably a good third of the entire webinar was the guy just giving useless words and repeating the same facts over and over. I heard his CV a good four or five times in the course of it all. I think there was maybe 7-10 minutes of actual content. And this was the webinar that everyone on the sales floor was required to listen to because it's such great advice and we should all try to work better like that.

Well, I can't say they're wrong. The three steps the guy outlined would get us to be more productive, and the way we think about things could easily be changed to reflect those steps, but most of the salespeople were already doing that. And now instead of half an hour calling out on our files and working with the clients, we're sitting in a room listening to catchprases that mean nothing.

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« Reply #13698 on: November 15, 2013, 03:23:17 PM »
Clearly he forgot to work in "At the end of the day...". That was the favored catchphrase of an ex-boyfriend of mine, as well as a few coworkers.

Still, I'd almost take that over a former manager who always used the phrases "stick to the knitting" and something about a recipe book and ingredients that I've finally forgotten 10 years later.

Management-speak that is currently frustrating our program manager includes the mixed metaphors of "big rocks" and "off-ramps" to describe projects (or maybe groups, or skill sets?) and deliverables, respectively.  The work products are clearly related, the current favored terms are not.

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« Reply #13699 on: November 15, 2013, 03:31:34 PM »
Double standards that I only recognise after the fact.

A few weeks ago my mom spent a long time asking me to explain why women still wait to be asked to marry someone.  She expressed dismay that nothing had changed since the 1950s.

This week I saw her for dinner and explained that I had passed all responsibility for xmas presents for the ILs to DH.  She told me she wasn't going to comment but I should recognise that in most situations it's the woman who does all the shopping so I was being unreasonable to not do it.  Apparently she just got all keen on 1950s gender roles again.

I've been stewing on this for a few days but have only just spotted the double standard.

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« Reply #13700 on: November 15, 2013, 08:43:21 PM »
Clearly he forgot to work in "At the end of the day...". That was the favored catchphrase of an ex-boyfriend of mine, as well as a few coworkers.


I've heard this one from managers before.  My brain immediately goes to the song from Les Miserables.

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« Reply #13701 on: November 16, 2013, 12:54:16 PM »
I remember having a little "drinking game" (with non-alcoholic drinks, that is) during an office meeting. Our boss, the head doctor for the practice I was working with at the time, was so fond of buzzwords and phrases we drank anytime he used one.
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« Reply #13703 on: November 16, 2013, 01:09:21 PM »
I'm so sick of my mother, aunt, and grandparents going on and on about how my brother's a Marine. The way my mom talks you'd think SHE went through it herself, and my relatives are still obsessed with it a year and a half later. I can't imagine how crazy I'd feel if they were as obsessed with my law classes as they were with my brother being in the military.

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« Reply #13704 on: November 16, 2013, 01:22:24 PM »
My DH and the boys went on a horseback ride today as part of a brony get together. Or rather, dh and the older two boys.  DH invited me to go along and while typically I do enjoy riding horses, the idea of doing so and hearing about brony stuff for the whole time didn't really appeal to me.  That and it's not cheap either so I thought "Nah I'll just stay home and go out for a bit of time to myself when they get home." which ought to be around 3.

I also had the thought "Hey, little guy typically naps between noon and 3, I can get some nice quiet time to myself and around the time he's waking up, they'll be home!"

Okay so I get home with oldest DS around 11, as we had our confirmation class and DH and MS are watching Star Trek DS9 and littlest guy is dozing curled up against MS.  I put him up in his crib as they're leaving, come down and think "Alright, if he can sleep through DS9 blaring in the same room, I can watch Harry Potter and work on my cross stitch without a problem!"

HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Oh silly stupid me! I put it in and he's up like a pop tart and will not sleep the whole time they're gone. GRRR.  So not fair!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13705 on: November 16, 2013, 05:52:13 PM »
Clearly he forgot to work in "At the end of the day...". That was the favored catchphrase of an ex-boyfriend of mine, as well as a few coworkers.


I've heard this one from managers before.  My brain immediately goes to the song from Les Miserables.

My brain starts repeating the R.E.M. song and then I feel fine. :)
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« Reply #13706 on: November 16, 2013, 08:38:59 PM »
when i'm talking to certain "person" and i can make a jokey comment  "oh that eejit next door annoys me, i wish i could shove a potato up his exhaust", and they decide i'm being serious(Sweet monkey fritters!??) and have a go at me telling me i'd get arrested etc etc,  i'm sat facing them with a smile on my face and used the word "wish", to me that means 'i know i can't but darnit i'd like to',  grrrrrrrrrrrrr   i've never had so much as a parking ticket, or came home & late drunk & i'm the one who gets this rubbish!!!

THIS. It drives me insane. My Former Horrible Boss was like this. She was incapable of understanding anything not exactly, precisely literal, often nit-picking about colloquial uses of words.

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« Reply #13707 on: November 16, 2013, 08:49:21 PM »
A new thing that drives me nuts -

I went into my local grocery a few days ago and wanted to buy some replacement cartridges for my Venus razor. Now, I understand that these things are small and expensive, so many stores have extra security for them. Fine. The sign on the shelf where they had them said "See Customer Service Window." So, I went to the Customer Service Window, and no one was there. So I gave up and started checking out. The cashier asked me, as usual, "Did you find everything?" and I mentioned the replacement cartridges. She offered to call up a manager for the Service Desk for me. I finished checking out what I had, assuming I'd have to do a separate transaction for the razors. OK, but annoying. Another 5 minutes passes, and a manager comes out. I tell her what I want, and she gets all confused and shows me the locked cabinet with everything - I point out what I want. She disappears for another 5 minutes.

It turns out no one in the store has keys to the locked cabinet. Seriously, people? Do you want to sell these things or not? They're expensive, so probably high-profit for you. Making them unpurchasable is probably not a great idea.

P.S. I bought them off the shelf at Target today, no trouble.

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« Reply #13708 on: November 17, 2013, 09:30:27 AM »
when i'm talking to certain "person" and i can make a jokey comment  "oh that eejit next door annoys me, i wish i could shove a potato up his exhaust", and they decide i'm being serious(Sweet monkey fritters!??) and have a go at me telling me i'd get arrested etc etc,  i'm sat facing them with a smile on my face and used the word "wish", to me that means 'i know i can't but darnit i'd like to',  grrrrrrrrrrrrr   i've never had so much as a parking ticket, or came home & late drunk & i'm the one who gets this rubbish!!!

THIS. It drives me insane. My Former Horrible Boss was like this. She was incapable of understanding anything not exactly, precisely literal, often nit-picking about colloquial uses of words

I've known people who were terrifyingly literal. 

I once made a joke about the stock market.  It was about an investor who bought stocks in paper towels and revolving doors.  He was wiped out before he could turn around.  The reaction from a CW?  'Oh no!  How horrible!'.


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« Reply #13709 on: November 17, 2013, 10:17:38 AM »
when i'm talking to certain "person" and i can make a jokey comment  "oh that eejit next door annoys me, i wish i could shove a potato up his exhaust", and they decide i'm being serious(Sweet monkey fritters!??) and have a go at me telling me i'd get arrested etc etc,  i'm sat facing them with a smile on my face and used the word "wish", to me that means 'i know i can't but darnit i'd like to',  grrrrrrrrrrrrr   i've never had so much as a parking ticket, or came home & late drunk & i'm the one who gets this rubbish!!!

THIS. It drives me insane. My Former Horrible Boss was like this. She was incapable of understanding anything not exactly, precisely literal, often nit-picking about colloquial uses of words

I've known people who were terrifyingly literal. 

I once made a joke about the stock market.  It was about an investor who bought stocks in paper towels and revolving doors.  He was wiped out before he could turn around.  The reaction from a CW?  'Oh no!  How horrible!'.

I worked for 6-1/2 years for people like this.  They couldn't understand a joke if you took it apart and put it back together.  I would get called into the supervisor's office for jokes and/or using regionalisms (ex. "bless his heart").