A Conversation for Ask h2g2

Petty Hates

Post 17261

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

(Never understood it myself.) smiley - shrug


PH: Yard sales are always in the morning, never in the afternoon or evening. I am not a morning person! smiley - cross

smiley - pirate


Petty Hates

Post 17262

Pink Paisley

I think I may have whined about this before.

Thoughtless pedestrians and pedestrian controlled crossings.

When approaching a crossing and there is no approaching traffic, it isn't necessary to press the button. It's even less necessary to press the button and cross straight away against the red pedestrian light.

This morning, again, I find myself pulling up at a crossing as the light changes just to watch the back of a crosser walking away from the crossing having done exactly that.

smiley - grr

PP.


Petty Hates

Post 17263

Wand'rin star

Was it raining? smiley - starsmiley - star


Petty Hates

Post 17264

Pink Paisley

No.

Is the button supposed to stop the rain then?

PP.


Petty Hates

Post 17265

Cheerful Dragon

This is why PUFFIN crossings were developed. They sense when a pedestrian crosses before the lights change and cancel the crossing request. Similarly, they sense when there's no traffic and change sooner, rather than waiting for a specific time.


Petty Hates

Post 17266

Teasswill

PH: Gadgets that don't come with sufficient printed instructions. Worse still, the website given for reference also has no simple guide available.


Petty Hates

Post 17267

Pink Paisley

Ikea.

1. How handy it is.
2. Being herded round because the place is so damn busy all the time.
3. Their habit of changing basic ranges that imply they are 'forever'. Their basic crockery (known as 365) has changed shape twice in the last few years. How my stack of pasta and cereal bowls is messed up. I need to stop bashing the edge on the tap.

PP.


Petty Hates

Post 17268

Bluebottle

Not only that but their Brio-compatible wooden train set bridges are too small for Brio, Thomas the Tank Engine and other compatible wooden trains to go underneath.

Another annoying thing with Ikea is everyone pronounces it differently. So I say Eye-Key-Ah while my mother calls it Icky-ah, for example.

<BB<


Petty Hates

Post 17269

Pink Paisley

Ikea is like Nestles.

When I was young, I lived where Nestles was a major employer and people would talk about the factory. AND there was the Milky Bar ad too:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muJDv6Do124

It was definitely Nestles as in trestles. Now its nes-lay.

What used to be eye-key-ah, now seems to be ick-ee-yah.

For no good reason so far as I can see.

PP.


Petty Hates

Post 17270

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

RAS Syndrome isn't really a syndrome at all. So why do they call it that?

smiley - pirate


Petty Hates

Post 17271

Baron Grim

I had to look that one up. I thought it might be related to Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS Syndrome?). smiley - laugh


Man, that's definitely one of my favorite PHs, especially ATM machine and PIN number. smiley - headhurts


What would be a better word than syndrome? Is it more of an effect, like Dunning-Kruger, or more of a complex like Baader-Meinhoff?


Petty Hates

Post 17272

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

Strikes me as a linguistic tic. They should call it RAT Tic.

smiley - pirate


Petty Hates

Post 17273

Cheerful Dragon

Regarding the pronunciation of IKEA, the name is made up of the founder's initials, IK, and those of the family farm and nearby village where he grew up. Ea is pronounced ay-a, so IKEA is pronounced Ik-ay-a. Simple.

As for Nestlé, that's another one we pronounced wrongly for years. Same with Skoda (Shkoda) and Citroën (See-tro-en). In fact, foreign businesses of all kinds seem to be insisting that their company names are pronounced property in advertisements. On the one hand I can see their point, but on the other hand I'm not sure how much it matters. We know who we're talking about. Surely that's the main thing.


Petty Hates

Post 17274

Baron Grim

I pronounce Nestlé "EE-vil smiley - bleep". Their habit of siphoning up vast amounts of public water in drought zones and selling it at a premium and their CEO declaring that no one should consider access to clean water a right earns them my contempt.

That they own a few of my favorite consumer products, Maggi sauce in particular, irritates me even more.


Petty Hates

Post 17275

Teasswill

That's almost another PH - all these different brand names that are actually part of one big company.


Petty Hates

Post 17276

Baron Grim

While double checking my spelling I found an alternative to Maggi seasoning; Bragg Liquid Aminos. It's soy based rather than wheat, but I ordered a bottle and look forward to tasting it. I was rather surprised to learn more about Maggi. I assumed it was an Asian product as I first discovered it at a Vietnamese place. It does go great on Rock & Roll beef and vermicelli. But it was created by a Swiss fellow in Germany. I also learned Maggi seasoning varies by region. The German Maggi probably doesn't taste very similar to the American version or the Polish version or the Filipino variety, &c.


Petty Hates

Post 17277

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

I just do not get Anti-Immigration sentiment. At all.

smiley - pirate


Petty Hates

Post 17278

You can call me TC

PH of the day. The week. The month - Hell since last October. The stupid company I work for. They told me I would be laid off when they re-organised and put the admin staff into a new company which was being formed and since then I have heard nothing. When I last asked, I was told I would be out on the streets on 1st March. That's next week and I haven't heard anything since.

I am so pleased to be leaving that place, but am keeping a low profile - I don't want to look as though I'm pleased to go or they might not be quite so generous paying me off.

But at the moment, planning the rest of the year is getting quite difficult.


Petty Hates

Post 17279

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

To provide an example of targeted advertising gone horribly, horribly wrong:

Yesterday I listed a pair of leather trench coats for sale on ebay. Not five minutes later and now EVERYWHERE I go, EVERY ad on EVERY website is trying to sell me my OWN GODDAMN COATS!!

What the hell? smiley - huh

smiley - pirate


Petty Hates

Post 17280

Baron Grim

I've been thinking about downsizing from my 1800cc motorcycle to something with better mileage that's good for my commute.

So, of course, I'm now getting lots of ads for both mobility scooters and children's push scooters. smiley - facepalm


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