general isms that deserve to die by fire

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  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:22:06 27,426 posts
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    1) Pronouncing "leisure" as "leesure"

    2) Dropping the H when they say "Herbs"

    3) Pronouncing OregAno as "OregEno"

    2) Calling a tap a faucet.

    3) Calling Autumn "Fall".

    4) Using Cups as ingredient measurements instead of metric measurements. What the fuck is a "cup"? I have lots of cups, of many different sizes.

    5) "Holiday Season"

    6) Replacing "addictive" with "addicting" - this alone will make me want to punch someone in the face.

    7) The most irritating employment trend ever - business jargon. "Action-item list" springs to mind.

    8)The seeming inability to comprehend silent vowels, leading to the mass culling of the letter U from their bastardised version of English.

    9) The seeming inability to comprehend that the letter S in a word can be pronounced as a hard or soft consanant and the subsequent replacement of S with Z in American spelling.

    10)Calling English people "Brits", ignoring the fact that the UK consists of 4 different fucking countries.

    11) Lumping every EU country's population into the blanket term "European".

    12) The propensity of the use of the word "liberal" as a pejorative.

    13) Stupid fucking names for food ingredients when perfectly good English words exist. Rocket is Arugula, Coriander is Cilantro, etc.

    14) The annoying and frequently confusing way they have fucked up cooking terminology by swapping BBQ and Smoking definitions, and replacing Grilling with Broiling

    15) The really irritating way they claim credit for inventing everything, ever or doing anything, ever - from winning WW2 to inventing cuisine - and seem to make it a mission to utterly marginalise and obscure the truth.

    16) Fucking Patent Culture

    17) Oh no someone has done something I don't like! OBLIGATORY CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT.

    18) Their bizarre tendency to think citizen rights exist in vacuums and therefore are unable to contradict each other (i.e, petitions for Piers Morgan to be deported for speaking about Gun Control that ignores freedom of speech rights)

    19) The inability to understand that freedom of expression comes with social responsibility (arguably the root cause of Trolling and most of the problems with the internet)

    20) "I could care less". It's COULDN'T, you fucking lingual spastics.

    Edited by darkmorgado at 07:51:18 27-12-2012

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  • GuiltySpark 27 Dec 2012 07:24:34 6,461 posts
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    I find we're not really in the "Europe" bracket to be honest.

    I also think you've been reading too many American cook books.

    Get bent.

  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:26:46 27,426 posts
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    I watch a hell of a lot of the Good Food and Reak Food channels, I admit.

    I stand by each and every one of my points though.

    And I've been called European by nearly every American I've ever spoken with.

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  • Scimarad 27 Dec 2012 07:27:51 8,601 posts
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    Good god, someone got out the wrong side of bed this morning!
  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:31:00 27,426 posts
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    Scimarad wrote:
    Good god, someone got out the wrong side of bed this morning!
    The Unpopular Gaming Opinions and Things You Hate About Videogames threads put me in a rather critical frame of mind :D

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  • skuzzbag 27 Dec 2012 07:34:13 5,682 posts
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    I hate to tell you this but we (Europeans) were fucked until they joined the war. We had to practically beg them to join in offering a number of sweet deals to do so.
  • Tonka 27 Dec 2012 07:34:45 21,191 posts
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    Lol at number 11

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • Scimarad 27 Dec 2012 07:34:58 8,601 posts
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    Yeah, I was going to post in there but I thought there was already enough fuel on the fire! We need a 'Things you love about videogames' thread before everyone reaches a grumpiness critical mass...

    I'm definitely with you on 12, though presumably they mean it as a political affiliation rather than a description of the person's moral leanings.

    Edited by Scimarad at 07:36:55 27-12-2012
  • elstoof 27 Dec 2012 07:36:27 8,095 posts
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    Cilantro is the Spanish for coriander, there's no law that they have to use the French root word because we do. Same with zucchini, rucola etc coming from Italian. These aren't "English" names, we got the name from the people we got the thing from so it's a courgette or coriander. How dare the English misspell coriandre! And butcher the pronunciation of courgette!
  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:36:55 27,426 posts
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    skuzzbag wrote:
    I hate to tell you this but we (Europeans) were fucked until they joined the war. We had to practically beg them to join in offering a number of sweet deals to do so.
    No we (the Allies) didn't. They joined because Japan bombed the fuck out of them at Pearl Harbour and forced their hand.

    The Allies asked them, but based on the various books I've read I've seen nothing that indicates anything that would constitute begging took place.

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  • skuzzbag 27 Dec 2012 07:37:53 5,682 posts
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    You read the wrong books then. Never mind.
  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:37:59 27,426 posts
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    Scimarad wrote:
    Yeah, I was going to post in there but I thought there was already enough fuel on the fire! We need a 'Things you love about videogames' thread before everyone reaches a grumpiness critical mass...
    I'm working on it.

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  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:40:00 27,426 posts
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    Scimarad wrote:
    I'm definitely with you on 12, though presumably they mean it as a political affiliation rather than a description of the person's moral leanings.
    They seem to think the two go hand in hand for the most part.

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  • X201 27 Dec 2012 07:40:03 15,699 posts
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    darkmorgado wrote:


    10)Calling English people "Brits", ignoring the fact that the UK consists of 4 different fucking countries.

    11) Lumping every EU country's population into the blanket term "European".

    10) We all live on the British Isles, so calling an English/Scottish/Irish/Welsh man British is correct, although probably not in the context that they were intending.

    11) See 10
  • dominalien 27 Dec 2012 07:40:42 7,030 posts
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    You need to chill a little. Really.

    It's only natural that the two languages will evolve separately and since it's the Americans who create and distribute most of what passes for "culture" these days, it's their version that'll be the most well known. I'm sure it's no fun having control of your language taken away from you when you weren't looking, but that's what happened here.

    That said, the one that really does my tits in is "I could care less", although I don't think anyone's pretending it's the correct way to speak, even in the US.

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  • b0rk 27 Dec 2012 07:40:46 2,942 posts
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    'erbs

    I could care less
  • elstoof 27 Dec 2012 07:41:33 8,095 posts
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    We can't even spell boef right, and it's all we ever even fucking eat!'
  • b0rk 27 Dec 2012 07:41:57 2,942 posts
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    "I could care less".

    Oh, how I long to make people who utter this phrase suffer.
  • GuiltySpark 27 Dec 2012 07:44:08 6,461 posts
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    Personally, I'm too busy tucking in to a scrummy crumpet to care what's going on over that jolly big pond.

    Get bent.

  • Scimarad 27 Dec 2012 07:44:33 8,601 posts
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    I eagerly await the American response to this thread which will basically say "We're all smug, superior, self-satisfied and have bad teeth!"...
  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:50:18 27,426 posts
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    dominalien wrote:
    That said, the one that really does my tits in is "I could care less", although I don't think anyone's pretending it's the correct way to speak, even in the US.
    How could I forget that?

    It's going right on the list.

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  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:52:05 27,426 posts
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    Scimarad wrote:
    I eagerly await the American response to this thread which will basically say "We're all smug, superior, self-satisfied and have bad teeth!"...
    I think they did that already when Family Guy, the Simpsons and every American sitcom ever was invented.

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  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 07:53:34 27,426 posts
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    B0rked_Gamer wrote:
    'erbs
    See point 2.

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  • skuzzbag 27 Dec 2012 07:55:52 5,682 posts
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    What I hate is that if a film needs a bad guy/woman they are absolutely guaranteed to have an English accent.

    What really fucks me off is when British made films do exactly this in order to lick American audiences arses.
  • dominalien 27 Dec 2012 07:59:46 7,030 posts
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    skuzzbag wrote:
    What I hate is that if a film needs a bad guy/woman they are absolutely guaranteed to have an English accent.

    What really fucks me off is when British made films do exactly this in order to lick American audiences arses.
    That, and how they're always a white male. I know it's overreaction to years of slavery and the continuing unbelievable racism, but it's still a little grating.

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  • Armoured_Bear 27 Dec 2012 08:04:13 11,729 posts
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    Cilantro is Spanish.

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  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 08:13:17 27,426 posts
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    German people are just as likely to be villains in US movies as English people are (Die Hard is the classic go-to example), though admittedly WW2 peobably has played a mahoosive part in the latter and the former is probably rooted in the war for independence.

    Edited by darkmorgado at 08:14:06 27-12-2012

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  • nickthegun 27 Dec 2012 08:14:22 61,094 posts
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    Mangled internetisms are probably higher on the hit list

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  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 08:15:35 27,426 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Cilantro is Spanish.
    I know, but Americans don't speak Spanish do they?

    (and yes, I am being pedantic/generalising and am aware of the USA's origins as an immigration hotpot)

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