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I knew it!

He's wearing glasses. Everybody knows that if you wear glasses, you're smart... :P

Also, everyone (now) knows that white men are the stupidest organisms on the planet, have contributed nothing positive to modern life, and are in fact a complete waste of protoplasm. And also cause Global Warming.

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My new word that grates like metal on metal brakes!    Vetted, vetting etc (any tense of the word)    Where the heck did that one come from all of a sudden that I hear it every day??

It's an old horse racing term, originally meaning a requirement that a horse be checked for health and soundness before being allowed to race. Like other sports-related terms, it's been co-opted by politicians, pundits and anyone else who attempts to sound like an insider to mean "check and thoroughly investigate" someone's background.

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It's an old horse racing term, originally meaning a requirement that a horse be checked for health and soundness before being allowed to race. Like other sports-related terms, it's been co-opted by politicians, pundits and anyone else who attempts to sound like an insider to mean "check and thoroughly investigate" someone's background.

It's been used in Britain in the "check...investigate background" sense for some considerable time before being adopted over here. Like the "pay grade" line, and "mano-a-mano", it's used, as you say, by people who want to sound like "insiders"...at least, insiders and tough guys as they're portrayed in films and on TV.

Like flabby yuppie white guys talking about what's happening in the "hood", and the adoption of semi-military jargon like "wheels up" and "lock and load" by people who'd probably wet themselves if they even SAW a gun, it's really kinda pathetic. :)

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Like flabby yuppie white guys talking about what's happening in the "hood", and the adoption of semi-military jargon like "wheels up" and "lock and load" by people who'd probably wet themselves if they even SAW a gun, it's really kinda pathetic.

Heh, I actually saw a guy wet himself after having a dozen or so M-16s pointed at him. Back in 1980, my company was attached to 716th MP Bn to provide support at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin. This is was a processing site for the hardcore criminals from among the Mariel Boatlift refugees. One of my buddies was walking perimeter guard and found some schmuck trying to cut his way out through the fence with home made wire cutters. We ran over to where this was occurring and screamed at the guy to drop the cutters and eat dirt, notwithstanding that he understood zero English. Angry soldiers pointing rifles and yelling is universally understood to mean stop what you're doing NOW AND QUICK! Not complying usually results in a bad day for the guy looking down the business end of a rifle barrel. He was so scared that the front of his pants turned dark really fast. 

I have a couple good stories about this deployment; unfortunately, I can't post them. ;) 

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. . . and the adoption of semi-military jargon like "wheels up" and "lock and load" by people who'd probably wet themselves if they even SAW a gun, it's really kinda pathetic. :)

In real life isn't that actually "load and lock"?  But that doesn't flow as nicely as the other phrase.

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In real life isn't that actually "load and lock"?  But that doesn't flow as nicely as the other phrase.

Interesting point that I never though of.  A little research indicates that lock and load is correct.  It is a foreshortening of lock the magazine in place and load a round in the chamber.  Also the earliest use of the term is apparently by John Wayne in "The Sands of Iwo Jima" and he does reverse it as load and lock. 

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 It is a foreshortening of lock the magazine in place and load a round in the chamber. 

That is EXACTLY the way Tech Sgt Lou Mango explained the term to us in tech school in 1972 (in re M16). He was one of the sharpest "gun people" I've ever known (aside from being an all-around Good Guy) and I've always assumed he knew what he was talking about.

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Phrases I'm tired of hearing...  How about "I'm sorry but we're going to have to let you go."?  Found out Wednesday that my contract isn't being picked up at my current job and I'm going to lose this position at the end of the month.

The proper response to that is "that's okay, I've quit better jobs than this one..."

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The proper response to that is "that's okay, I've quit better jobs than this one..."

Unfortunately, that response will make you feel good for a little while...but, if you stay in the same work industry, the chances of you running into the person that had to let you go increase over time and they just might remember that you had an attitude problem when they were just doing what they were forced to do.

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Unfortunately, that response will make you feel good for a little while...but, if you stay in the same work industry, the chances of you running into the person that had to let you go increase over time and they just might remember that you had an attitude problem when they were just doing what they were forced to do.

And what?

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...but, if you stay in the same work industry, the chances of you running into the person that had to let you go increase over time 

Yes, I've worked for three different companies in my industry.  Right now I'm back at company number one, recruited by and working for my old boss from company number two.

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I've kept track of the places that have let me go over the years. Every single one of them has either:

1. Gone out of business completely.

2. Downsized drastically due to vastly reduced business.

3. The person who let me go got fired themselves, and in at least one case was arrested.

What goes around comes around, and Time Wounds All Heels.

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The difference between the following in a variety of applications:

RIGHT...

Should have gone

WRONG

should have went

It took me six readings to figure out what you're trying to say. And you're right. Not especially clear, but right. B)

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