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#221 Draggon

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:12 PM

One that drives me nuts is my father pronounces a 2-wheeled powered vehicle a "motorcicle" (rhymes with popsicle) instead of cycle. I axe him not to but he just tells me to clean the chimley at the libary.

 

At least you donn gots to clean the "chimBley" My parents gots a Chimbley and tolded me to clean it. I tolded them they's gots to axe me niceley, and stuff.

 

This is the funniest thread ever, and stuff.

 

Went to the urban dictionary. My dad called me goopy and I never understood. Seems it means dopey or brainheaded. Coming from Chi-Town it seems we had a language all our own. Front room for living room, pop for a carbonated beverage, El for the elevated train, brewski for a beer, and couch for sofa. You should understand Harry. Oooo, I'm in trouble when my son calls me "dude"


Edited by Draggon, 28 December 2012 - 02:27 PM.


#222 Craig Irwin

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

One that drives me nuts is my father pronounces a 2-wheeled powered vehicle a "motorcicle" (rhymes with popsicle) instead of cycle.  I axe him not to but he just tells me to clean the chimley at the libary.

 

Shouldn't they be called Enginecycles anyway?



#223 Deano

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:24 PM

I don't want a pickle, I just wanna ride my motorcicle

And I don't want a tickle, I just wanna ride my motorcicle

And I don't wanna die, I'd much rather ride on my motorcy ...... cle

 

And,no, I still don't know the significance of the pickle



#224 Craig Irwin

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

But of course, if that two wheeler is an Indian it is a MOTOcycle.



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Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

Here is a couple that get me rankled. It's per se, not persay. It's Voila, not Wallah, or wa lah, or wah la. Also the term welp, as in Welp, here we go again. The word is Well. 



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Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:02 PM

 

Aren't there two b's in "dagnabbit?"

 

 

Main Entry:    dagnabbit

Part of Speech:    interj

Example:    Dagnabbit, where's my cell phone?

Etymology:    based on "dang rabbit," said by the character Elmer Fudd in Bugs Bunny cartoons

Usage:    euphemism

Drun strate buger!



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:34 AM

How about the overuse of apostrophe's (sic)?

I predict there could be a world shortage in 2013 because writer's (sic) are using them in the wrong place's (sic).

And how about New Year's that I see so often at this time of year?  New Year's Eve? New Year's Day? New Year's Resolution to not misuse the apostrophe?? 

 

The misuse of apostrophes is the one thing that drives me crazy.  When in doubt, leave it out.   

 

The other one I do not like, which was mentioned earlier in this thread is 1:1, which implies a full scale replica, but is used to describe the actual vehicle.  However, it is a lost cause, it is already in such common use, like motor/engine.



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:25 AM

"Then" where what's meant is "Than"

 

Oh yes.

 

Another bugbear of mine is ellipses in place of proper punctuation... where did that come from... I mean... why use a full stop (period) when you can use all these dots... or worse,,, how about when people use commas as universal punctuation,,, man, that really winds me up,,, thanx


Edited by dodgefever, 29 December 2012 - 04:05 AM.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:42 AM

What about foreign words? 

 

Like bonnet for the hood, or Boot for a drop top.



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:49 AM

I'm like generally you know like pretty tolerant of the evolution of you know the english language but like you know......



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:13 AM

What about foreign words? 

 

Like bonnet for the hood, or Boot for a drop top.

The boot is the trunk.



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:28 AM

The boot is the trunk.

 

Is the Bonnet the top then? Europeans are confusing!  



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:36 AM

The bonnet is the hood. As far sa I know the top is the top or roof.



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:37 AM

 

Is the Bonnet the top then? Europeans are confusing!  

Nope! It's the hood. In older Euro cars, it was cabriolet or a Drop head coupe.



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:03 AM

US - hood, UK - bonnet

US - top, UK - hood

US - trunk, UK - boot

 

Confused yet?



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:06 AM

 

Oh yes.

 

Another bugbear of mine is ellipses in place of proper punctuation... where did that come from... I mean... why use a full stop (period) when you can use all these dots... or worse,,, how about when people use commas as universal punctuation,,, man, that really winds me up,,, thanx

 

 

Actually, the word is ellipsis not ellipses or ellipse. 

 

Also, there should be a space between the end of a word and the ellipsis.  As such, a phrase should not be typed thusly... but should be typed thusly ... in order to be a proper use of the ellipsis.

 

The ellipsis is a form of proper punctuation ... used properly.

 

 

-_-



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:19 AM

US - hood, UK - bonnet

US - top, UK - hood

US - trunk, UK - boot

 

Confused yet?

 

How about:

U.S. - Fenders = U.K. - Wings

U.S. - Sway Bar = U.K. - Roll Bar

U.S. - Roll Bar = U.K. - Anti Rollover Bar



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:28 AM

U.S. - Electrical system = U.K. - Lucas :lol:



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:28 AM

 

 

Actually, the word is ellipsis not ellipses or ellipse. 

 

Also, there should be a space between the end of a word and the ellipsis.  As such, a phrase should not be typed thusly... but should be typed thusly ... in order to be a proper use of the ellipsis.

 

The ellipsis is a form of proper punctuation ... used properly.

 

 

-_-

 

Ellipses is the plural.



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:33 AM

 

Ellipses is the plural.

 

 

 

Ahh, you are correct.  I stand corrected, although I was not thinking of plurals when responding to Dodgefever.  If he was referring to punctuation in the plural sense, he was accurate. 

 

Thanks for cleaning that up.    B)