A Conversation for Ask h2g2
Bluebottle Posted 4 Days Ago
PH – the way snow has been renamed 'the beast from the east'. It's snow. Where it comes from is immaterial - stop making the weather forecasts sound like a UKIP Party Political Broadcast. Just call it 'snow'. They're snowflakes, not beastflakes.
Where will it end? In a couple of years' time will the weather forecasters be saying, 'The mainland will have the wicked wind of the west while the Isle of Wight will enjoy a spell of bright ruby slippers'?
Baron Grim Posted 4 Days Ago
Where did that start. The US has had "Superstorm" Sandy, the "Snowpocalypse", "Snowmageddon". I think this started satirically with Snowmageddon making fun of television meteorologists over-hyping a blizzard but now they actively go out of their way to give winter storms these superlative nicknames. And The Weather Channel has decided to name winter storms like tropical storms and hurricanes.
One of my local stations published a story about why this is a bad idea.
Icy North Posted 4 Days Ago
There's a general point here about naming anything. We expect things to have names and we expect there to be an agreed naming authority for each. You and your partner are that authority when you have children, for example, but there are social conventions limiting which names you can use (Frank Zappa excepted). If you launch a product you can name it whatever you like (notwithstanding certain decency and protection laws).
If The Weather Channel wishes to name a storm for the benefit of its advertisers I don't see a problem with that, so long as they use a naming convention which doesn't cause confusion in other circles. Maybe they should avoid given names, for example.
ITIWBS Posted 4 Days Ago
Cheerful Dragon Posted 3 Days Ago
After the so-called Beast from the East there was a storm from the South that brought more snow. The BBC weatherman stated that the Portuguese had named it Emma. I assume this was because it hit them first and was deemed to be bad enough to need a name.
Pink Paisley Posted 2 Days Ago
Self service tills at supermarkets.
I may have mentioned this before and possibly fairly recently.
I'm not going to apologise.
Bureaucratic paper pushers who either can't or won't even do their own goddamn jobs. Bad enough these pointless jobs exist in the first place, but if society is going to insist on them then it should at least actually DO them.
ITIWBS Posted 2 Days Ago
...by the grace of God, a writ of mandamus, an overseer armed with a whip and a hatchet man looking on...
ITIWBS Posted 2 Days Ago
Baron Grim Posted 12 Hours Ago
A new petty hate: People who talk on their cellphone in public... ON SPEAKER PHONE! I was at a Mexican restaurant for lunch just now, and a couple of matronly women at a booth across the room coordinated a catered dinner for their charity group. They ordered fajitas from the caterer, enchiladas from the restaurant.
Teasswill Posted 8 Hours Ago
That's really inconsiderate! Whenever I hear someone talking loudly like that I feel like joining in the conversation.
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