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Old 09-18-2009, 09:28 AM   #21
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The thing that drives me nuts is all the people who say "Have a great one " . What does that mean ?
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Well you can only have one good "one", the rest are going to suck.
Rationing, dontcha know?
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ur. Is it really that hard to spell "your"?
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:51 AM   #24
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How about logically impossible uses of literally when the writer really meant figuratively, as in "I was literally buried in email."
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:57 AM   #25
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Gentle writer, please: rules to live by.
Oh Lordy. (I almost said mea culpa). I'm guilty of 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 27, and 31... and those are just the ones I recognize.

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World's most overused word: amazing. Everything is amazing.


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I try to edit some of them to "Awesome!!!!"
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I couldn't agree more. Where I grew up on the South-Side of Chicago we'd say: "USE GUYS"

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What if you were talking about the other guys Is it 'YOUS GUYS'?


And from Texas... not only y'all... but all y'all.... (you don't want to exclude anybody in the y'all..
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I have two pet peeves:

1) Sitting in a restaurant with my family and always being addressed by the server as "you guys". It's not a gender thing with me, it just doesn't sound good to me.
I agree that it is absurd. How would we men feel if mixed groups were addressed as "you girls"?

Still, when in Rome...and where I live it is totally gauche to notice that people come in sexes. So, I hope you ladies and gentlemen will excuse me if I pass you sometime and say, "How you guys doing"?

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The thing that drives me nuts is all the people who say "Have a great one " . What does that mean ?
I interpret that to mean "Have stupendous sex at your first opportunity!"
And henceforth you will also have this uniquely pleasing thought several time daily.

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Sorry guys. I tend to think of "you guys" or "guys" as gender neutral but "the guys" as male.
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The "you guys thing" -- I must admit I find it mildly irritating when a 20-something server uses it to address a table of adults old enough to be their grandparents. It's not so much a gender thing as it is being inappropriately familiar.

Kind of like when a receptionist at the dentist yells out, "Richard, you're next. How are you today, sweetheart" and she's 28.

Now, where's that recent Curmudgeon poll...
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I interpret that to mean "Have stupendous sex at your first opportunity!"
And henceforth you will also have this uniquely pleasing thought several time daily.

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Great interpretation ! I usually answer you do also but now I'll make sure the person is under 90 before I say that .
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The thing that drives me nuts is all the people who say "Have a great one " . What does that mean ?


Afterthought...is "Have a great one" ever preceded by "I" or "You" ?
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... "How you guys doing"?
I try to make it a more friendly, "I'm a doin' fine, guys, thanks, how 'ya doin'?" Uh oh, now I realize I'm gettin' that from Ben Bailey's exaggerated Noo Yorker on "Cash Cab."
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The thing that drives me nuts is all the people who say "Have a great one " . What does that mean ?
You could just say, "Thanks, but I already have a great one."
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Dis / dat / dese / dose

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This is a conversation between a young German Oceanographer and I early 1970s. His real first name, not using his last, though if he happens to read this, will recognize the exchange.

Dr Hans: Say, why is it when Americans meet me they say; Hi, How are you? Yet when I proceed to tell them they don't want to hear it, just move along.

Me: That is an Americanism. They really don't care how you are, it is a form of greeting. It took me a while to figure this out.

Dr Hans: well that is very rude, if they don't want to know, they should not ask.

Me: I don't think we will be able to change that, sorry.

Dr Hans: Are there more of these kind of things?

Me: Yes, but I'm still learning them.


I think I'm now up to speed on most forms of greetings. though some still get me thinking.

Like: Yo, whassup?
I tend to answer that with: You is.
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