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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12650 on: March 02, 2016, 01:29:41 PM »
I loved it when southerners asked me to "Mash the switch"

Like I was going to get out a sledge hammer to turn on the lights.

If you did, you'd probably get your heart blessed. "Bless your heart" is Southern for "you fucked up".

Other refinements of the Southern dialogue include the distinction between a conniption fit and a hissy fit. A conniption fit is a justified response to extreme provocation, whereas a hissy fit lacks reasonable cause.

I never thought about this before, but it's true!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12651 on: March 02, 2016, 02:22:10 PM »
One of my coworkers is a single mom with a 4 year old daughter.  Dad is totally out of the picture, I think he may have passed away, but she definitely does not get child support.

She lives in a condo with the girl and was complaining how she has no money until next week because of all the food her daughter eats and then proceeded to list out a large meal the girl ate.

The cw probably makes $60K/year.

1) I'm sure there are things I don't know about the situation - but how the heck can you have difficulty paying bills for 1 kid and 1 adult on $60K/year?

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12652 on: March 02, 2016, 04:55:35 PM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12653 on: March 02, 2016, 06:47:46 PM »

Y'all is always plural; "all y'all" is reflexive or emphatic. :-)

Man how did I miss the y'all conversation?

I agree- y'all is NEVER singular. It is always plural.
All y'all is more plural.

Oh boy, now I'll have to try and sneak "all y'all" into daily conversation and see if anyone notices!

I would love to hear such a robust southernism pulled off in a British accent.

I had a coworker previously who was from rural NC but lived in London for 5+ years - fabulous accent!

And while I'm here, we also say y'all in Kansas, where I'm from though not all y'all, I've only heard that in NC. Another NC favorite of mine is "might could" as in:
You might could do that but instead maybe you should do this.

Love it.

Or else "fixin' to" - I'm fixin' to go to the store, can I borrow your credit card?

"Fixin' to" is a popular expression in Kentucky as well, followed shortly with the standard confirmation query, "Ya-un-to?"

And also widjadidja, as in " bring the barbie widjadidja?"
A friend from NC congratulated me once on my correct use of "rightly know" in a sentence >_> Oh come on, it's just Southern for "grok"!

Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?" 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12654 on: March 02, 2016, 06:54:03 PM »

Y'all is always plural; "all y'all" is reflexive or emphatic. :-)

Man how did I miss the y'all conversation?

I agree- y'all is NEVER singular. It is always plural.
All y'all is more plural.

Oh boy, now I'll have to try and sneak "all y'all" into daily conversation and see if anyone notices!

I would love to hear such a robust southernism pulled off in a British accent.

I had a coworker previously who was from rural NC but lived in London for 5+ years - fabulous accent!

And while I'm here, we also say y'all in Kansas, where I'm from though not all y'all, I've only heard that in NC. Another NC favorite of mine is "might could" as in:
You might could do that but instead maybe you should do this.

Love it.

Or else "fixin' to" - I'm fixin' to go to the store, can I borrow your credit card?

"Fixin' to" is a popular expression in Kentucky as well, followed shortly with the standard confirmation query, "Ya-un-to?"

And also widjadidja, as in " bring the barbie widjadidja?"
A friend from NC congratulated me once on my correct use of "rightly know" in a sentence >_> Oh come on, it's just Southern for "grok"!

Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?"

And if you are saying these things out loud, to get the feel of them, hold your nose.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12655 on: March 02, 2016, 06:59:37 PM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.

I hear ya!  We have recently resorted to ordering sheet pizzas for our family of 4.  That is 36 slices, 9 per person.  I may have 3.  The eating machines and my husband eat most of it and we usually have about 8 pieces left for lunch the next day (enough for the eating machines only.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12656 on: March 02, 2016, 07:13:43 PM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.

I hear ya!  We have recently resorted to ordering sheet pizzas for our family of 4.  That is 36 slices, 9 per person.  I may have 3.  The eating machines and my husband eat most of it and we usually have about 8 pieces left for lunch the next day (enough for the eating machines only.)

My brother used to make peanut butter sandwiches with an inch of filling. He'd slice half in thick slabs off the Costco cheddar. Even with cheap food, feeding him was very, very expensive for a few years.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12657 on: March 02, 2016, 07:51:59 PM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.


I hear ya!  We have recently resorted to ordering sheet pizzas for our family of 4.  That is 36 slices, 9 per person.  I may have 3.  The eating machines and my husband eat most of it and we usually have about 8 pieces left for lunch the next day (enough for the eating machines only.)

My brother used to make peanut butter sandwiches with an inch of filling. He'd slice half in thick slabs off the Costco cheddar. Even with cheap food, feeding him was very, very expensive for a few years.

That's like what one of my friends did when he took a job in SF out of college. It didn't pay well for the first year, but after that his income went up and he's happy (though he did later transfer to save up money).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12658 on: March 02, 2016, 11:52:31 PM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.
I was the same with eating at that age (13). But it seems to be necessary. According to my parents, I managed to grow 13cm in the one year between 13 and 14. That added biomass must come from somewhere...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12659 on: March 02, 2016, 11:55:00 PM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.
I was the same with eating at that age (13). But it seems to be necessary. According to my parents, I managed to grow 13cm in the one year between 13 and 14. That added biomass must come from somewhere...

My daughter turned into an absolute terror at one point in early infancy. Absolute infant fury if you did not produce a bottle INSTANTLY when she wanted one, and she wanted about twice as many as usual, straight through the night. She'd been having medical problems, so we were at the pediatrician a lot, and she grew an inch and gained a pound in a week. The doctor was so surprised she redid all the measurements because that allegedly was impossible.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12660 on: March 03, 2016, 02:32:50 AM »

I loved it when southerners asked me to "Mash the switch"

Like I was going to get out a sledge hammer to turn on the lights.



Sorry to interfere with your mashing, but one mashes a button, not a switch, so unless you have very old-style two button lights, you're flipping those.


Source: just had to mash the mute on the alarm twice (perhaps because I got it in 2003) before stumbling over and flipping on the lights so I could see to make coffee,

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12661 on: March 03, 2016, 02:38:22 AM »

I loved it when southerners asked me to "Mash the switch"

Like I was going to get out a sledge hammer to turn on the lights.



Sorry to interfere with your mashing, but one mashes a button, not a switch, so unless you have very old-style two button lights, you're flipping those.

I pictured this:


That's a switch, seems like you could mash that.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12662 on: March 03, 2016, 08:06:20 AM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.

I hear ya!  We have recently resorted to ordering sheet pizzas for our family of 4.  That is 36 slices, 9 per person.  I may have 3.  The eating machines and my husband eat most of it and we usually have about 8 pieces left for lunch the next day (enough for the eating machines only.)

Don't get between them and the food - it could be dangerous. I feel safer getting between the dog and her food than getting between our kids and their food these days. Its all teeth and chewing. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12663 on: March 03, 2016, 08:09:43 AM »
I would eat chicken skin in high school. I can't comprehend that being appealing now.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12664 on: March 03, 2016, 08:11:51 AM »

Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?"

It's y'uns, not you'uns, and that's mostly limited to Appalachia rather than the state at large.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12665 on: March 03, 2016, 08:29:14 AM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.

It could work out cheaper to feed a teenage boy, if you were talking about an extremely picky 4-year-old. Yeah, they only eat yogurt and snack packs, but they HAVE TO HAVE the yogurt that's $4 for a 2 oz container and the organic all-natural handmade by chimpanzees snacks that are $15 for 4.

Teenage boys, meanwhile, are not known for their discerning palates.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12666 on: March 03, 2016, 08:35:27 AM »
You are correct there. Would not be that surprised to see teeth marks on the exterior brick were they to get locked out of the house some afternoon. ;) Both active, normal weight, etc. Older one clearly going through a growth spurt. Same height as me. Don't know if I'll be looking up at him soon or not. Younger one is part monkey. Flips, climbing, etc.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12667 on: March 03, 2016, 08:36:41 AM »
Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?"
Agreed with below, but I'd spell the later "in'ere" on account of I'm pretty sure that's a contraction of "in there."


Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?"

It's y'uns, not you'uns, and that's mostly limited to Appalachia rather than the state at large.
And a note that that's ALL of Appalachia, not just the Tennessee portion. (says the Yinzer, I mean...Pittsburgher).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12668 on: March 03, 2016, 09:30:11 AM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.
My almost 10 year old boy started the day with 2pieces of toast, a smoothie, a banana, and some cheese.  Luckily he then had to go to school.  (Where he gets morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12669 on: March 03, 2016, 09:50:08 AM »
Reminds me of when I was in middle and high school. Between my older brother and I, we were playing some combination of hockey, football, baseball, or lacrosse, and we were caddying in the summer too. Mom and Dad bought another fridge for the basement just because they were tired of going to the grocery 3-4 times and didn't have room to buy more at a time. I know that between the two of us we were drinking 8 gallons of milk a week. I remember some friends that I ate lunch with my sophomore year of high school (so 15-16) calculated it out and figured out that I ate on average about 5,000 to 6,500 calories a day--large breakfast, mid-morning snack (which was the first lunch mom packed for the day), lunch (that mom packed), another "lunch" from the cafeteria, go home and snack, then eat dinner, then snack some more). Didnít start gaining weight until I turned 21 though. Iím not sure why. *mtn cracks open his favorite frosty beverage*

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12670 on: March 03, 2016, 10:43:23 AM »
Reminds me of when I was in middle and high school. Between my older brother and I, we were playing some combination of hockey, football, baseball, or lacrosse, and we were caddying in the summer too. Mom and Dad bought another fridge for the basement just because they were tired of going to the grocery 3-4 times and didn't have room to buy more at a time. I know that between the two of us we were drinking 8 gallons of milk a week. I remember some friends that I ate lunch with my sophomore year of high school (so 15-16) calculated it out and figured out that I ate on average about 5,000 to 6,500 calories a day--large breakfast, mid-morning snack (which was the first lunch mom packed for the day), lunch (that mom packed), another "lunch" from the cafeteria, go home and snack, then eat dinner, then snack some more). Didnít start gaining weight until I turned 21 though. Iím not sure why. *mtn cracks open his favorite frosty beverage*

Funny, when I played sports in high school a remember eating only a single serving of yogurt for lunch, and a couple slices of bread for dinner.  Ran 5 miles before school and 2 hour practice after. Guess the sport?

Anyhow, on topic, my boss(executive VP) isn't mustachian cheap, but is cheap cheap. Awhile back it came out that he somewhat regularly sneaks into hotels around town to eat continental breakfast. Just recently our maintenance  guy was about to call an appliance repairman, when the ice machine in the fridge seemed on the fritz. It turned out the boss was just emptying/stealing the ice every night.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12671 on: March 03, 2016, 01:02:57 PM »
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It turned out the boss was just emptying/stealing the ice every night.

Oh good god.  We have an ice machine at work, and there was a period of time when we had a LOT of people here.  During the summer, it couldn't keep up!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12672 on: March 03, 2016, 01:11:21 PM »
I would eat chicken skin in high school. I can't comprehend that being appealing now.

I had a skewer of grilled chicken skin at a Japanese restaurant in Montreal a few years ago.  I would order it again.  Very yummy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12673 on: March 03, 2016, 01:15:51 PM »
The skin is the best part of fried chicken!

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« Reply #12674 on: March 03, 2016, 01:19:49 PM »
The skin is the best part of fried chicken!

It puts the oil on the skin

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12675 on: March 03, 2016, 01:23:30 PM »
Is that a quote from Buffalo Chicken Bill?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12676 on: March 03, 2016, 01:27:52 PM »
The skin is the best part of fried chicken!

It puts the oil on the skin

Is that a quote from Buffalo Chicken Bill?

I don't know, but it reminds me of the psychopath who was keeping his victim at the bottom of a well in Silence of the Lambs.

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« Reply #12677 on: March 03, 2016, 01:31:23 PM »
I don't know, but it reminds me of the psychopath who was keeping his victim at the bottom of a well in Silence of the Lambs.

You mean the police captain in Monk?

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« Reply #12678 on: March 03, 2016, 03:15:32 PM »

2) As a mom to teen and pre-teen boys, I had to giggle to myself about food bills for a 4 year old girl.  She has no idea what kids eating a lot of food looks like.

No kidding.  My 3 year old seems to live on air.  But my 13 year old son recently complained that he wasn't hungry when called, and proceeded to only eat one whole 14 inch pizza by himself.  I'm just glad he wasn't hungry.

It could work out cheaper to feed a teenage boy, if you were talking about an extremely picky 4-year-old. Yeah, they only eat yogurt and snack packs, but they HAVE TO HAVE the yogurt that's $4 for a 2 oz container and the organic all-natural handmade by chimpanzees snacks that are $15 for 4.

Teenage boys, meanwhile, are not known for their discerning palates.

No, I don't think you understand.  I haven't seen the three year old eat more than a bite or two of anything in 6 days.  I put two ounces of dry cereal in her breakfast bowl yesterday morning, and a half-glass of milk.  After 10 minutes, I put the dry cereal back in the box & can't tell if she actually ate any, while the milk might still be half there when I put it in the refrigerator for her lunch.  She will eat any candy or cake offered, but that is not often offered, so I seriously don't know how she manages to gain weight.  Perhaps she steals it during the night, I don't know.

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« Reply #12679 on: March 03, 2016, 03:23:36 PM »
Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?"
Agreed with below, but I'd spell the later "in'ere" on account of I'm pretty sure that's a contraction of "in there."


Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?"

It's y'uns, not you'uns, and that's mostly limited to Appalachia rather than the state at large.
And a note that that's ALL of Appalachia, not just the Tennessee portion. (says the Yinzer, I mean...Pittsburgher).
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12680 on: March 03, 2016, 04:22:45 PM »
I would eat chicken skin in high school. I can't comprehend that being appealing now.

I had a skewer of grilled chicken skin at a Japanese restaurant in Montreal a few years ago.  I would order it again.  Very yummy.

I once roasted a chicken for supper, and then Mr. Tooth was very late getting home from work. I presented him with the now denuded chicken. I really like chicken skin. So does he. He was very, very disappointed.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12681 on: March 03, 2016, 04:53:07 PM »
I once roasted a chicken for supper, and then Mr. Tooth was very late getting home from work. I presented him with the now denuded chicken. I really like chicken skin. So does he. He was very, very disappointed.


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« Reply #12682 on: March 03, 2016, 05:19:15 PM »
Reminds me of when I was in middle and high school. Between my older brother and I, we were playing some combination of hockey, football, baseball, or lacrosse, and we were caddying in the summer too. Mom and Dad bought another fridge for the basement just because they were tired of going to the grocery 3-4 times and didn't have room to buy more at a time. I know that between the two of us we were drinking 8 gallons of milk a week. I remember some friends that I ate lunch with my sophomore year of high school (so 15-16) calculated it out and figured out that I ate on average about 5,000 to 6,500 calories a day--large breakfast, mid-morning snack (which was the first lunch mom packed for the day), lunch (that mom packed), another "lunch" from the cafeteria, go home and snack, then eat dinner, then snack some more). Didnít start gaining weight until I turned 21 though. Iím not sure why. *mtn cracks open his favorite frosty beverage*
Same here.  I ran cross country and track and was on the swim team.  My mom packed me a sack lunch every day, and it was always full enough that you couldn't close it at the top.  Our 25-minute lunch period was barely enough time to finish lunch.  And then I had a bagel sometime during another class period, because I got hungry.  I estimate I was eating (and burning) 5-6k calories per day.

Ah, to be young again.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12683 on: March 03, 2016, 06:43:26 PM »
Reminds me of when I was in middle and high school. Between my older brother and I, we were playing some combination of hockey, football, baseball, or lacrosse, and we were caddying in the summer too. Mom and Dad bought another fridge for the basement just because they were tired of going to the grocery 3-4 times and didn't have room to buy more at a time. I know that between the two of us we were drinking 8 gallons of milk a week. I remember some friends that I ate lunch with my sophomore year of high school (so 15-16) calculated it out and figured out that I ate on average about 5,000 to 6,500 calories a day--large breakfast, mid-morning snack (which was the first lunch mom packed for the day), lunch (that mom packed), another "lunch" from the cafeteria, go home and snack, then eat dinner, then snack some more). Didnít start gaining weight until I turned 21 though. Iím not sure why. *mtn cracks open his favorite frosty beverage*
Same here.  I ran cross country and track and was on the swim team.  My mom packed me a sack lunch every day, and it was always full enough that you couldn't close it at the top.  Our 25-minute lunch period was barely enough time to finish lunch.  And then I had a bagel sometime during another class period, because I got hungry.  I estimate I was eating (and burning) 5-6k calories per day.

Ah, to be young again.

Yeah, I remember having my (football, karate, swimmer) 15-year-old brother over for a weekend a few years back... His 4pm "pre-dinner" snack was an XL pizza and a sundae. And the. He ate about 3 times what I did for dinner 3 hours later. And you could see his ribs.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12684 on: March 03, 2016, 06:46:25 PM »
Reminds me of when I was in middle and high school. Between my older brother and I, we were playing some combination of hockey, football, baseball, or lacrosse, and we were caddying in the summer too. Mom and Dad bought another fridge for the basement just because they were tired of going to the grocery 3-4 times and didn't have room to buy more at a time. I know that between the two of us we were drinking 8 gallons of milk a week. I remember some friends that I ate lunch with my sophomore year of high school (so 15-16) calculated it out and figured out that I ate on average about 5,000 to 6,500 calories a day--large breakfast, mid-morning snack (which was the first lunch mom packed for the day), lunch (that mom packed), another "lunch" from the cafeteria, go home and snack, then eat dinner, then snack some more). Didnít start gaining weight until I turned 21 though. Iím not sure why. *mtn cracks open his favorite frosty beverage*
Same here.  I ran cross country and track and was on the swim team.  My mom packed me a sack lunch every day, and it was always full enough that you couldn't close it at the top.  Our 25-minute lunch period was barely enough time to finish lunch.  And then I had a bagel sometime during another class period, because I got hungry.  I estimate I was eating (and burning) 5-6k calories per day.

Ah, to be young again.

Yeah, I remember having my (football, karate, swimmer) 15-year-old brother over for a weekend a few years back... His 4pm "pre-dinner" snack was an XL pizza and a sundae. And the. He ate about 3 times what I did for dinner 3 hours later. And you could see his ribs.

When we had four teenage boys at home, we used to buy the 87c loaves of cheapy bread from the supermarket (along with the usual groceries).

The purchase requirement was one loaf per boy per day... None now bigger than normal (in fact two of them are bordering on the low end of weight for height), they just needed the extra calories a loaf of bread with peanut butter or cheese provided for normal functioning.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12685 on: March 03, 2016, 07:03:38 PM »
I don't know, but it reminds me of the psychopath who was keeping his victim at the bottom of a well in Silence of the Lambs.

You mean the police captain in Monk?


Noooo shit. That's the same acfor. Crazy part is that I absolutely love both Silence of the Lambs and Monk and have seen the movie numerous times and the series twice, and it never clicked.  That's kinda weird cause I'm extremely good with names/faces/actors.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12686 on: March 03, 2016, 07:05:18 PM »
I remember cooking a dinner with my now-husband back when we were both in college. I was shocked by the quantity he could eat. The vast amount was non-mustachian to say the least, but it did work out in the end!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12687 on: March 03, 2016, 09:19:41 PM »
On a related note, although we consume less sugar than the American median (mainly because we don't eat processed food much), DH and I were trying to cut down a bit more and reading labels, and we realized that ONE tiny Yoplait yogurt container has nearly an ENTIRE recommended daily added sugar amount. Seriously crazy.

And depending on the flavour, many have more than the recommended daily amount.
Not bad for a supposed health food.
side note, I was eating two yogurts a day on deployment until I got bored one night and read the list of ingredients. Binned half a container of it and gave the rest of my stash to another guy who ate it 5 or 6 times every day. He was also drinking 6 cans of coke a day so wasn't bothered by the sugar.
Till then I could not work out why I was gaining weight, hardly ever ate yogurt before then and still avoid it now.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12688 on: March 03, 2016, 09:23:23 PM »

Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?"

It's y'uns, not you'uns, and that's mostly limited to Appalachia rather than the state at large.

I lived in Tennessee twice, Middle & East, and never once heard "y'uns" there.  Where they do say it is in western Pennsylvania. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12689 on: March 04, 2016, 01:10:45 AM »
That's "yinz", not "y'uns".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12690 on: March 04, 2016, 05:49:23 AM »
Willpower is truly a finite thing...
Oh yes, it is! Your willpower can get depleted by small things so that you dont have any left for gib things, too. That is why poor people often have no willpower - all that thinking about how to get work, to buy this little thing or not, how to get the kids to school... they use up half the willpower a company CEO has just by shopping.

But willpower also behaves like a muscle, you can train it.
I realized this on vacation staying with family.  Fridges full of soda, beer, sugary snacks, chips, candy.

I put as much stuff away as I could.

But seriously, I hadn't realized how much of my at home willpower is because I just don't have that stuff around.

I sometimes suffer, not from will power but a lack of won't power. I won't have a second donut/slice of cake etc.
Getting better as it seems the older it gets the harder it is to keep it off, doesn't help to be carrying injuries and now driving a desk most of the time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12691 on: March 04, 2016, 07:36:44 AM »
I remember cooking a dinner with my now-husband back when we were both in college. I was shocked by the quantity he could eat. The vast amount was non-mustachian to say the least, but it did work out in the end!

Is he a fast eater too? I get reprimanded for that by DW sometimes. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12692 on: March 04, 2016, 07:38:46 AM »

Rural Kentucky has "y'all" and "all y'all" but we make fun of the folks just south in Tennessee who use "you'uns". Another of my favorites around here is "in-nair" to denote someone who is in good favor with the boss, as in "Boy, you in-nair, ain'tcha?"

It's y'uns, not you'uns, and that's mostly limited to Appalachia rather than the state at large.

I lived in Tennessee twice, Middle & East, and never once heard "y'uns" there.  Where they do say it is in western Pennsylvania.

We have a friend from East TN (Tri-cities) that says y'uns alot to this day. Never heard it much in the parts of the state where I lived.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12693 on: March 04, 2016, 09:13:26 AM »

I loved it when southerners asked me to "Mash the switch"

Like I was going to get out a sledge hammer to turn on the lights.



Sorry to interfere with your mashing, but one mashes a button, not a switch, so unless you have very old-style two button lights, you're flipping those.

I pictured this:


That's a switch, seems like you could mash that.

Where I grew up, you would occasionally be asked to "Outen the lights."  Also, we go and get our "hairs cut", because we want all of them trimmed, not just one.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12694 on: March 04, 2016, 09:15:39 AM »
Since we're already off-topic, does anyone else say "Paper poke" (or maybe "polk") for the brown product made of trees you put your groceries in?

Picked that up from my grandmother (appalachian upper south/PA roots) but have never heard it from other people.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12695 on: March 04, 2016, 09:18:32 AM »

I loved it when southerners asked me to "Mash the switch"

Like I was going to get out a sledge hammer to turn on the lights.



Sorry to interfere with your mashing, but one mashes a button, not a switch, so unless you have very old-style two button lights, you're flipping those.

I pictured this:


That's a switch, seems like you could mash that.

Where I grew up, you would occasionally be asked to "Outen the lights."  Also, we go and get our "hairs cut", because we want all of them trimmed, not just one.
My grandma would close the light.
Since we're already off-topic, does anyone else say "Paper poke" (or maybe "polk") for the brown product made of trees you put your groceries in?

Picked that up from my grandmother (appalachian upper south/PA roots) but have never heard it from other people.
I've heard "poke" for "bag" but never used it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12696 on: March 04, 2016, 09:26:56 AM »
I've heard "poke" for "bag" but never used it.
Wait, is that where the expression "a pig in a poke" comes from?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12697 on: March 04, 2016, 09:30:08 AM »
"poke 3  (pōk)
n. Chiefly Southern US
A sack; a bag.
[Middle English, probably from Old North French; see pocket.]

Word History: A pig in a poke is a colorful vernacular expression used to describe something offered in a manner that conceals its true nature or value. Naturally, a buyer cannot inspect the pig if it is covered by a pokeóthat is, a bag or sack. The word poke meaning "bag" is not confined to just the American Southóin many parts of Scotland, poke bag is still used of a little paper bag for carrying purchases like candy. Poke first appears in English in the 1200s and probably comes from Old North French, the northern dialect of Old French. The Old North French word in turn is probably of Germanic origin and is related to words like Icelandic poki, "bag." Poke has several relatives within English. The word pocket comes from Middle English poket, meaning "pouch, small bag," which in turn comes from Anglo-Norman pokete, a diminutive of Old North French poke. Pouche, a variant form of Old North French poke, is the source of the English word pouch." (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/poke)

Old North French via Scotland via Scottish American south, fascinating.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12698 on: March 04, 2016, 09:51:50 AM »
I've heard "poke" for "bag" but never used it.
Wait, is that where the expression "a pig in a poke" comes from?

Yes.  And "cat out of the bag" is the related saying :)

If you are buying a pig in a poke then anything might be in there and you wouldn't know - except if someone let the cat out of the bag. :)  Really only would work for piglets, but the pig in the poke couldn't be that big to start with.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12699 on: March 04, 2016, 09:54:30 AM »
God, I love etymology. I could spend hours just reading about the evolution of languages (and have).