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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16800 on: February 14, 2017, 11:31:29 AM »
My coworkers are currently all trying to convince me to buy a new car, or a sports car, or anything fancier than my last car ('05 Prius). I am shopping for a car (totalled the last one), but they really can't seem to understand that for me a car is a functional vehicle and hardly any of the "features" are important to me. "Don't you want an audio jack?" gets them a blank stare and an "I don't think I had one in my last car." I understand that these things matter to some people, but if they don't matter to me why should I pay for them?
Not just that, but an audio jack in particular is a pretty dumb reason to get one car over another.  My current car has one (2009), but I got one with my aftermarket radio in my last car (1992) which set me back all of ~$40 (the radio, not the car).
Since my car has a USB port I don't think I'll ever go back to wanting an audio jack.
Does the USB port typically do anything other than play audio files off a flash drive?  I have one too but I'm pretty sure that's all mine does (and I know it doesn't have enough juice to charge anything).

You can also use it to charge your phone should the need arise.

You can get a plug for the 'cigarette' socket that has usb ports, then plug in both your phone and mp3 player for long trips.  That's what I did with my recently totaled 2009 Corolla (with audio jack cord).

Coworkers and retired boss are convinced that I need a 4-wheel drive new (or very low mileage) car, since once or twice a year I go on a road trip up north at the holidays.  Granted, the accident happened because of snow, but I don't think that's a reason to buy a new Subaru.  In fact, I'm looking at another '09 Toyota with 100k miles on it.  They are of the opinion that it's just not safe without all the new tech.

I personally don't care about charging, but that's probably because I don't have an MP3 player and my dumb phone battery lasts for days without needing a charge.

Typically all you need are snow tires. A two-wheel drive car with snow tires will perform significantly better in the snow than a four/all-wheel drive car with all-season tires.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16801 on: February 14, 2017, 11:33:36 AM »
So we got 2 new interns at work today and I finally have a story. The girl got dropped off by her dad who apparently took 2 weeks off to drop her off every day. It would take approx 75 min for her one way to get there, using cheap public transport or a bit less than an hour if she took the train. Counting in real time connections and delays.

The guy though was even more of a charm. He asked me if there were 'smoskes' ordered somewhere at the company. Smoskes is Flemish closest translation I could find is something like the sandwiches from Subway. Normal price 3-4 Euros a piece. Sadly I couldn't help him more than referring him to the HR department (small company) as they order sandwiches before a certain hour there. I had the idea that packing a lunchbox was a very new thing for him. And he had some problems understanding why you don't ask people about their wage.

I just amn't sure if I am just too frugal or they are quite spendy.

Is the internship only two weeks and her dad is just going to drop her off every day?

You got it :)

And guys, I don't mind the correction, I just learned something new. For the people who think grammar is important, please note that it can be very important in more formal settings and correcting foreigners is fine. But unless you speak another language as fluent as them don't be a grammar nazi. It just doesn't make your true wonderful self come out as nicely ;).
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16802 on: February 14, 2017, 12:33:36 PM »
I was thrilled to see "amn't" in the wild. It's creative, fresh, and makes perfect sense. "Of course you would contract 'am not' into amn't!", I said to myself.

Double for me.  Love the word!  After I saw it, I re-read the entire post and saw (what I thought was) perfect grammar and sentence structure and word use in every other way.  The good grammar was the only tip-off to me that the poster could not possibly have learned English in the U.S. 

Guys, we suck at our own language.  Call it evolution if you want, but we really need to try harder if we want to be understood.  Americans are kind of dumb.  Can someone please dig out that old thread about Grammar Police?  I think Miss Primm started it.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16803 on: February 14, 2017, 03:44:01 PM »
My family had a Korean student living with them as he completed high school in the US.  He told us how when he first came to the country, he thought Americans were rude, condescending, and racist for casually smiling at him. 

Apparently in South Korea it is not common to smile at strangers.  You could smile at children or the mentally disabled to make them feel comfortable.  So if a passing stranger smiled at you, they were implying they believed you were a bit slow mentally.

It took a while before he realized these people were smiling at everyone, not just him, and it was just a thing Americans did.

Oh wow!  I would be really interested in a culture shock thread, if anyone knows of one that is going on the forums.

I would also be very interested in a thread on this topic.  I'm leaving the US in 3 1/2 weeks to visit Guatemala for 4 weeks, including a family homestay.  Aside from what I would consider respectful guest behavior, I'd love to hear any pointers specific to the local culture.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16804 on: February 14, 2017, 07:28:39 PM »
A coworker and I were talking about meat smokers today.

I asked: "Don't you have one?"
He replied: "No - I'm saving up my Cabella's points so I get a free one"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16805 on: February 15, 2017, 03:26:40 AM »
However when I see people pulling others up on their 'incorrect' use of grammar I just think... uugh why. Why though. Just leave them alone. If you understood what they meant, then they successfully communicated. Job done.

With This Herring was very POLITELY pointing out English conjugation to a poster who is from Belgium. WTH even said "English is a silly language" to make clear that they weren't mocking the OP but pointing out something that might seem logical but is not actually correct. In my experience, people who are not native English speakers would rather be gently corrected than continue to say something incorrectly.

The word "am" doesn't have contractions the way "are" and "is" do.  English is a silly language.

Sure, I meant no harm. I didn't intend my rant at all as a personal attack on With This Herring although I can see it very much looked like that, so I'm sorry for causing any offense.

I get a rage-klaxon going off in my head sometimes when grammar corrections happen. Yeah I am so much fun at parties.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16806 on: February 15, 2017, 05:48:15 AM »
Not necessarily heard, but during an interview with a 20 year old community college student who also works seasonally in the lawn/snow business who lives at home. 

Me:  What do you drive
Him:  A leased 2016 F150 truck.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16807 on: February 15, 2017, 06:22:29 AM »
... who lives at home. 


I never understood saying this when it is meant that somebody lives with their parents. Like, of course he lives at home. Where else do people live? I live at home too, it just happens to be my home.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16808 on: February 15, 2017, 07:11:04 AM »
Aren't alot of people implying a person ought to be working towards being self-sufficient at that age rather than spending wildly in ways that will delay this transition (launch to adulthood)?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16809 on: February 15, 2017, 07:13:28 AM »
... who lives at home. 
I never understood saying this when it is meant that somebody lives with their parents. Like, of course he lives at home. Where else do people live? I live at home too, it just happens to be my home.

My first two years of university I lived in campus housing.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16810 on: February 15, 2017, 07:45:35 AM »
Son of an English teacher here...I try to use what I understand to be correct grammar. However, language has two uses: conveying information via the meaning, and conveying social information through the subtext/social signalling of the speech.

Using non-standard constructions, words, or even blatantly falsifying statements can be an important tool of social meaning, i.e. conveying that you are a member of a desirable social group.

I choose to convey that I am a member of the "my mom beat these grammar rules into my head far more than anyone should" group.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16811 on: February 15, 2017, 08:53:37 AM »
... who lives at home. 
I never understood saying this when it is meant that somebody lives with their parents. Like, of course he lives at home. Where else do people live? I live at home too, it just happens to be my home.

My first two years of university I lived in campus housing.
Ok, but he goes to community college, so campus housing isn't a thing. Doesn't that mean that wherever he is staying (w/parents, in an apartment, in a rental, or owns a house) would still technically be "home" seeing as it's a permanent residence?

I kind of understand it for students at a 4 year university that stay in temporary housing during the school year, but if you're not in a situation where you can differentiate "school" and "home" then it just seems silly.

Example, a co-worker of mine at my last job was a college graduate that lived with his parents so that he could save money. People would say he "lives at home." My first thought as his peer who, at the time, rented a house was "well no shit, where else does somebody live?"

A more accurate statement for somebody in this situation should be "lives with his/her parents" as opposed to assuming that everybody considers their parents' house to be "home."
If I own a house, but I decide to sell it and move back in with my parents, many people would say I was "moving back home," but wouldn't I just be moving out of one home and into another? It just doesn't make sense to me.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16812 on: February 15, 2017, 08:57:47 AM »
... who lives at home. 
I never understood saying this when it is meant that somebody lives with their parents. Like, of course he lives at home. Where else do people live? I live at home too, it just happens to be my home.

My first two years of university I lived in campus housing.
Ok, but he goes to community college, so campus housing isn't a thing. Doesn't that mean that wherever he is staying (w/parents, in an apartment, in a rental, or owns a house) would still technically be "home" seeing as it's a permanent residence?

I kind of understand it for students at a 4 year university that stay in temporary housing during the school year, but if you're not in a situation where you can differentiate "school" and "home" then it just seems silly.

Example, a co-worker of mine at my last job was a college graduate that lived with his parents so that he could save money. People would say he "lives at home." My first thought as his peer who, at the time, rented a house was "well no shit, where else does somebody live?"

A more accurate statement for somebody in this situation should be "lives with his/her parents" as opposed to assuming that everybody considers their parents' house to be "home."
If I own a house, but I decide to sell it and move back in with my parents, many people would say I was "moving back home," but wouldn't I just be moving out of one home and into another? It just doesn't make sense to me.

I think the "moving home" idea comes with an unspoken "childhood" to it. As in, moving back to your first home, which is, traditionally, with your parents.  It's the environment in which you grew up (even though it may not be the same house in which you lived as a child).  When I go back to Buffalo to visit my mom, I often say I'm going "home" to visit, even though I haven't lived there in eight years. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16813 on: February 15, 2017, 09:26:51 AM »
... who lives at home. 
I never understood saying this when it is meant that somebody lives with their parents. Like, of course he lives at home. Where else do people live? I live at home too, it just happens to be my home.

My first two years of university I lived in campus housing.
Ok, but he goes to community college, so campus housing isn't a thing. Doesn't that mean that wherever he is staying (w/parents, in an apartment, in a rental, or owns a house) would still technically be "home" seeing as it's a permanent residence?

I kind of understand it for students at a 4 year university that stay in temporary housing during the school year, but if you're not in a situation where you can differentiate "school" and "home" then it just seems silly.

Example, a co-worker of mine at my last job was a college graduate that lived with his parents so that he could save money. People would say he "lives at home." My first thought as his peer who, at the time, rented a house was "well no shit, where else does somebody live?"

A more accurate statement for somebody in this situation should be "lives with his/her parents" as opposed to assuming that everybody considers their parents' house to be "home."
If I own a house, but I decide to sell it and move back in with my parents, many people would say I was "moving back home," but wouldn't I just be moving out of one home and into another? It just doesn't make sense to me.

I think the "moving home" idea comes with an unspoken "childhood" to it. As in, moving back to your first home, which is, traditionally, with your parents.  It's the environment in which you grew up (even though it may not be the same house in which you lived as a child).  When I go back to Buffalo to visit my mom, I often say I'm going "home" to visit, even though I haven't lived there in eight years.

My great Aunt never married, was a career woman and extremely successful. She was born and raised in Western Kentucky, and left home at 18 to go become a nurse. Her career took her through college, graduate school, 5 or 6 states. Her last stop in her career was Chicago, where she stayed for the rest of her life--over 50 years, and far longer than she lived anywhere else--she was even in her house for over 40 years.

She still went "home" for the family reunion, Christmas, etc. Even though her parents had been dead since the late 70's, and she lived in the same house in Chicago for over 40 years, for my entire life "home" was in Owensboro.

It is a little different in that she did own two houses there, but one was a townhouse that she used basically as a place to sleep (nothing homey in there really, and multiple family members did live there through the years), and the second she bought for her parents and after their death her niece rented it until it was left to her in the will.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16814 on: February 15, 2017, 10:14:09 AM »
I think the "moving home" idea comes with an unspoken "childhood" to it. As in, moving back to your first home, which is, traditionally, with your parents.  It's the environment in which you grew up (even though it may not be the same house in which you lived as a child).  When I go back to Buffalo to visit my mom, I often say I'm going "home" to visit, even though I haven't lived there in eight years.

Years ago after the military I moved back into my parents' home for a month. They treated me like I was 15 again so I was out of there again ASAP. Lots of silent vows to never rely on them for anything like that again. Those vows have served me well over the years.  ;)

Back then their home was barely my home. These days my home is wherever my DW and children live. I would not call moving in with my parents "moving back home". That part of my life is over.

I might call it some sort of punishment though... j/k

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16815 on: February 15, 2017, 12:24:31 PM »
My first two years of university I lived in campus housing.

When I was in university, I was crossing the border from a visit to Canada back into my home country of the U.S..  The border officer didn't like the fact that my car was registered in FL, since it was my dad's and I was using it as a student, but I was claiming I lived in another state (where I was attending grad school full time).  Finally he wanted to know where I was going to live when I graduated.  Since that date was still a good two years away, I looked at him, rather puzzled, and told him it would be wherever I got a job.  I'm not sure why an out-of-state student was such a peculiar situation for him, but fortunately he did finally let me go. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16816 on: February 15, 2017, 01:09:03 PM »
So we got 2 new interns at work today and I finally have a story. The girl got dropped off by her dad who apparently took 2 weeks off to drop her off every day. It would take approx 75 min for her one way to get there, using cheap public transport or a bit less than an hour if she took the train. Counting in real time connections and delays.

The guy though was even more of a charm. He asked me if there were 'smoskes' ordered somewhere at the company. Smoskes is Flemish closest translation I could find is something like the sandwiches from Subway. Normal price 3-4 Euros a piece. Sadly I couldn't help him more than referring him to the HR department (small company) as they order sandwiches before a certain hour there. I had the idea that packing a lunchbox was a very new thing for him. And he had some problems understanding why you don't ask people about their wage.

I just amn't sure if I am just too frugal or they are quite spendy.

Is the internship only two weeks and her dad is just going to drop her off every day?

You got it :)

And guys, I don't mind the correction, I just learned something new. For the people who think grammar is important, please note that it can be very important in more formal settings and correcting foreigners is fine. But unless you speak another language as fluent as them don't be a grammar nazi. It just doesn't make your true wonderful self come out as nicely ;).
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16817 on: February 15, 2017, 01:29:39 PM »

Years ago after the military I moved back into my parents' home for a month. They treated me like I was 15 again so I was out of there again ASAP. Lots of silent vows to never rely on them for anything like that again. Those vows have served me well over the years.  ;)

OTOH, I basically paid for my wife's engagement ring by staying with family during my last short stretch in the military and signing a lease with them where I paid $200/mo rent and received a ~$1k housing allowance from the military (all legal).  I actually paid the $200/mo, and my parents gave it all back to me when I left the military and moved out.  That plus the balance of the $1k/mo I had saved bought the engagement ring once I secured a civilian job and moved out.  But I have a great relationship with my parents. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16818 on: February 15, 2017, 01:43:15 PM »

Years ago after the military I moved back into my parents' home for a month. They treated me like I was 15 again so I was out of there again ASAP. Lots of silent vows to never rely on them for anything like that again. Those vows have served me well over the years.  ;)

OTOH, I basically paid for my wife's engagement ring by staying with family during my last short stretch in the military and signing a lease with them where I paid $200/mo rent and received a ~$1k housing allowance from the military (all legal).  I actually paid the $200/mo, and my parents gave it all back to me when I left the military and moved out.  That plus the balance of the $1k/mo I had saved bought the engagement ring once I secured a civilian job and moved out.  But I have a great relationship with my parents.

That's great! Yeah not all parents are the same. I moved back in with my parents after college to save up money and did save up quite a lot but after a few years it became unbearable. I would be saving a ton of money living at home and my parents would be happier, but I would be absolutely miserable there and so I don't like with them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16819 on: February 15, 2017, 02:35:53 PM »
My family had a Korean student living with them as he completed high school in the US.  He told us how when he first came to the country, he thought Americans were rude, condescending, and racist for casually smiling at him. 

Apparently in South Korea it is not common to smile at strangers.  You could smile at children or the mentally disabled to make them feel comfortable.  So if a passing stranger smiled at you, they were implying they believed you were a bit slow mentally.

It took a while before he realized these people were smiling at everyone, not just him, and it was just a thing Americans did.

omfg this is great. i want to use this to explain my resting grumpy face

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16820 on: February 15, 2017, 02:43:30 PM »
Re: tips for visiting Guatemala. I spent a month and a half there, including a homestay and volunteering at a clinic.

All that really comes to mind is not throwing toilet paper into the toilet (easily clogged) and trying to not get electrocuted by the shower. If you get carsick easily, avoid the chicken buses and pay up for a minibus shuttle type thing to get to other cities (but do not expect it to pick you up on time).

But seriously, people are very friendly, the food is fantastic, and the country is just gorgeous. Volcanoes everywhere. Definitely visit Tikal and Lake Atitlan if you can.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16821 on: February 15, 2017, 02:44:44 PM »
not quite overheard at work and cannot disclose much detail, but for a work project i'm going through old correspondence with the university i work at.
people who have money to donate to charity can have other strange financial goings on and also seemingly inordinate amounts of time to send corrections on university newsletters and magazines.

also tumblr grammar is it's own thing and i feel like there are internet dialects. i seem to come across as quite rude/informal here but on lj and now tumblr my writing style is just conversational. ╮(︶︿︶)╭

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16822 on: February 15, 2017, 04:30:35 PM »
I'm sorry my comment about living back with his parents was taken as a criticism of the practice.  I meant to use it to illustrate further what a bad idea it was for the guy to have a newly leased F150 truck.  I did not mean for it to be a criticism for living with family in order to achieve some sort of goal or out of necessity. 

Personally I couldn't live at home again.  My mom has some personality traits that would drive me nuts as an adult living with her.   

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16823 on: February 15, 2017, 07:21:29 PM »
not quite overheard at work and cannot disclose much detail, but for a work project i'm going through old correspondence with the university i work at.
people who have money to donate to charity can have other strange financial goings on and also seemingly inordinate amounts of time to send corrections on university newsletters and magazines.

also tumblr grammar is it's own thing and i feel like there are internet dialects. i seem to come across as quite rude/informal here but on lj and now tumblr my writing style is just conversational. ╮(︶︿︶)╭

Just wanted to say, love your userpic! Although I was always a Rei Ayanami fan, myself. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16824 on: February 16, 2017, 05:13:42 AM »
not quite overheard at work and cannot disclose much detail, but for a work project i'm going through old correspondence with the university i work at.
people who have money to donate to charity can have other strange financial goings on and also seemingly inordinate amounts of time to send corrections on university newsletters and magazines.

also tumblr grammar is it's own thing and i feel like there are internet dialects. i seem to come across as quite rude/informal here but on lj and now tumblr my writing style is just conversational. ╮(︶︿︶)╭

Just wanted to say, love your userpic! Although I was always a Rei Ayanami fan, myself. :)
Me too - and we all know that redhead can be a bit rude, so.... pft!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16825 on: February 16, 2017, 07:01:09 AM »
not quite overheard at work and cannot disclose much detail, but for a work project i'm going through old correspondence with the university i work at.
people who have money to donate to charity can have other strange financial goings on and also seemingly inordinate amounts of time to send corrections on university newsletters and magazines.

also tumblr grammar is it's own thing and i feel like there are internet dialects. i seem to come across as quite rude/informal here but on lj and now tumblr my writing style is just conversational. ╮(︶︿︶)╭

Just wanted to say, love your userpic! Although I was always a Rei Ayanami fan, myself. :)
Me too - and we all know that redhead can be a bit rude, so.... pft!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16826 on: February 16, 2017, 09:22:48 AM »
OTOH, I basically paid for my wife's engagement ring by staying with family during my last short stretch in the military and signing a lease with them where I paid $200/mo rent and received a ~$1k housing allowance from the military (all legal).  I actually paid the $200/mo, and my parents gave it all back to me when I left the military and moved out.  That plus the balance of the $1k/mo I had saved bought the engagement ring once I secured a civilian job and moved out.  But I have a great relationship with my parents.

Yeah - that was a great idea. I was never stationed anywhere near my family. And that was partially intentional. ;)

They were a part of why I joined the military in the first place... ;)

In some ways they were very much helicopter parents before that was a thing. When I returned the same rules I had in MS and HS went back into effect. I think their intentions were good but we had already been domestically incompatible for several years before the military. I made a plan and left again pretty quickly. Had a long time girlfriend at that point but that situation flamed out too within a few months.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16827 on: February 16, 2017, 12:13:56 PM »
I walk away for two days, and look what I miss!

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And guys, I don't mind the correction, I just learned something new. For the people who think grammar is important, please note that it can be very important in more formal settings and correcting foreigners is fine. But unless you speak another language as fluent as them don't be a grammar nazi. It just doesn't make your true wonderful self come out as nicely ;).

I can tell you that I speak a tiny bit of Spanish and know a smattering of words in other languages.  It is obvious your polyglot skills far exceed mine.  :)  And I am endlessly grateful that I do not need to learn English as a second language, for it is full of a million rules that change for each circumstance.

Thanks for the defense, ormaybemidgets.  (You're a fan of a certain large-scale band, perhaps? *grin*)

No offense taken, Torran.

I do try not to correct the grammar of native English speakers or infrequent grammar issues.  It is a terrible habit and very rude.  Once someone knows and is accustomed to speaking with correct grammar, that person can choose for themselves whether or not to use it.  But, if such is not the case, that person has little or no control over others' perceptions. 

But, bringing this back around to Overheard at Work, some experiences that have led me to mention grammar issues to non-native speakers:
  • At OldFirm, I had a European coworker who is married to an American man.  She wanted to be able to speak English as correctly as possible, as a significant portion of our job required written communication with clients.  She saw that I was asked to proofread certain things that OldFirm sent out, and so she asked if I would pull her aside when I heard her consistently misusing words or grammar.  I did, and she appreciated it.  Her husband did not provide her the same service, as he thought her mistakes and misunderstandings were "cute."  She found this very frustrating.
  • Also at OldFirm, a Chinese coworker got confused with the axiom "It is what it is" and began say "What it is is what it is."  He went to another American coworker for help figuring out which one was correct, but that American coworker began to use the incorrect version instead.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16828 on: February 16, 2017, 02:48:55 PM »
not quite overheard at work and cannot disclose much detail, but for a work project i'm going through old correspondence with the university i work at.
people who have money to donate to charity can have other strange financial goings on and also seemingly inordinate amounts of time to send corrections on university newsletters and magazines.

also tumblr grammar is it's own thing and i feel like there are internet dialects. i seem to come across as quite rude/informal here but on lj and now tumblr my writing style is just conversational. ╮(︶︿︶)╭

Just wanted to say, love your userpic! Although I was always a Rei Ayanami fan, myself. :)
Me too - and we all know that redhead can be a bit rude, so.... pft!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16829 on: February 16, 2017, 02:55:54 PM »
Care to define what "\(★ω★)/" means? Genuinely interested, computer challenged.

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« Reply #16830 on: February 16, 2017, 02:58:42 PM »
Care to define what "\(★ω★)/" means? Genuinely interested, computer challenged.

This ω looks like, ahem, a gentleman's coin purse.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16831 on: February 16, 2017, 03:10:10 PM »
Care to define what "\(★ω★)/" means? Genuinely interested, computer challenged.

Looks like a starry-eyed face

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« Reply #16832 on: February 16, 2017, 05:15:28 PM »
Care to define what "\(★ω★)/" means? Genuinely interested, computer challenged.

Looks like a starry-eyed face
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16833 on: February 16, 2017, 10:28:30 PM »
not quite overheard at work and cannot disclose much detail, but for a work project i'm going through old correspondence with the university i work at.
people who have money to donate to charity can have other strange financial goings on and also seemingly inordinate amounts of time to send corrections on university newsletters and magazines.

also tumblr grammar is it's own thing and i feel like there are internet dialects. i seem to come across as quite rude/informal here but on lj and now tumblr my writing style is just conversational. ╮(︶︿︶)╭

Just wanted to say, love your userpic! Although I was always a Rei Ayanami fan, myself. :)
Me too - and we all know that redhead can be a bit rude, so.... pft!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16834 on: February 16, 2017, 11:06:45 PM »
Care to define what "\(★ω★)/" means? Genuinely interested, computer challenged.

Looks like a starry-eyed face
Waving arms, starry-eyed, kissyface.
Those words do not seem to gain much meaning when put into that order...
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« Reply #16835 on: February 17, 2017, 04:43:03 AM »
Care to define what "\(★ω★)/" means? Genuinely interested, computer challenged.

Looks like a starry-eyed face
Waving arms, starry-eyed, kissyface.
Those words do not seem to gain much meaning when put into that order...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16836 on: February 17, 2017, 10:47:00 AM »
The word "am" doesn't have contractions the way "are" and "is" do.  English is a silly language.
Yeah, I wish "amn't" was a more widely-accepted term. :(

Well, it ain't.

I'm just being argumentative on the internet today, so: I studied English grammar as part of an Eng lit/lang degree. Most grammar rules were made up in the 18th century to give English some sort of gravitas in line with Latin, instead of it being viewed as a mongrel language. People were quite anxious for English to be seen as a legitimate language, because of snobbery.

Since then a lot of grammar 'rules' have gradually come into being through common usage. A lot of the rules have vanished over time.

The only rule we were given as gospel was that *as long as* people understand your meaning, your grammar is fine.

So when correcting someone's grammar, you have no real basis for doing so. Grammar was not invented by some divine being, it's just trial and error. If enough people say amn't, it will come into being.

Right throw stuff at me if you want now.

I'll throw the first stone:  as someone from an Appalachian coal town, I can tell you that grammar and pronunciation matters.  I have a degree from a top law school and people still think I'm a dirty stupid hillbilly because my grammar isn't perfect and I can drift back into that old twang/slurred speech when I'm excited or feeling relaxed.  It's worth learning and following the "rules."
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16837 on: February 20, 2017, 12:52:28 PM »
CW #1 - Oh we should buy these cute little cups for our vacation
CW #2 - Yeah we can order them now and they will be in before we go.
CW #1 - OK we need to find someone with room left on their credit card I don't
CW #2 - Me neither ...

For a $6.99 cup ... $6.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16838 on: February 20, 2017, 06:39:37 PM »
I don't think my colleagues realise how much of a burden buying lunch has become for them.

Every day there are the discussions about who is having what.

CW1: I feel like Thai for lunch. Want to come with me?
CW2: No, I had Thai last night. Can we get Chinese instead?
CW1: No, I don't feel like Chinese? Italian?
CW2: We're have reservations at [Italian place] for dinner.
They were still debating it when they left the office.

***

CW3: What are you having?
CW4: Oh, it's a salad from such-and-such. It's not very good on it's own, so you have to ask for extra this and that. You have to pay extra, of course, but it makes it edible.

***

CW1: What did you end up getting?
CW3: Oh, I couldn't be bothered going over the road so I just got this (from nearest cafe). It's actually not very good.

***

CW4: Oh, they gave me the wrong thing.
CW2: *examines meal* No, they didn't. That's what you ordered.
CW4: Oh. Well, it's not what I wanted. I wanted the noodles, not the soup.

They complain about the lines, the service, having to pay with cash at some places...

Four are on diets, two have food allergies and intolerances, and one is supposed to be on a tight budget.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16839 on: February 20, 2017, 09:02:34 PM »
CW #1 - Oh we should buy these cute little cups for our vacation
CW #2 - Yeah we can order them now and they will be in before we go.
CW #1 - OK we need to find someone with room left on their credit card I don't
CW #2 - Me neither ...

For a $6.99 cup ... $6.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16840 on: February 21, 2017, 04:21:08 AM »
Overheard from friends (yikes!):

Booked a spa day with three good friends. Yes, very indulgent, but I love these girls and they all have lots of kids so it's a great way to get some uninterrupted time to ourselves. It started like this:

Friend 1: Would anyone like to go to x spa? I got a gift voucher for Christmas and thought it would be more fun with a few other people. It's £70 which I know is a lot of money for one day, so no worries if you'd rather skip it! We'll catch up in March regardless.
Me: I would love to come! Thanks for thinking of me. I can do [these] dates
Friend 2: Yes! Count me in on that date, I need a day away from the kids!
Friend 1: Great! I'll book. It's payable upfront, is that ok?

[everyone says yes]. A few days later:

Friend 1: All booked, please could you transfer £70 to me.
Me: Done.
Friend 2: I need to wait to have some expenses paid back to me from work. I'll transfer ASAP after that though!
Friend 1: Thanks! Oh. Ok... just let me know.

[weeks go by]

Friend 2: I've paid!
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WHY ARE YOU BOOKING A SPA DAY if money is that tight? Seriously, it's madness. Friend 1 had been clear that it was expensive and payable up front, and was not pressuring anyone to go at all. Instead she got left floating friend 2! ARGH!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16841 on: February 21, 2017, 04:30:57 AM »
Colleague remarks that this weekend was NEARLY fantastic because an accumulator bet (with odds of 1,000 to 1) almost came in.  In fact the first 6 scores were right, it was only the last 1 that was wrong (it's unlikely anyone will predict accurately all 7 games, hence the high odds). 

My colleague had put £10 on those odds.

Colleague then explained that the £10k winnings (would) have been enough to wipe out debts that they will never be able to clear without a windfall.

I don't know how frequently my coworker places these bets, but I'd presume fairly often as they didn't even watch the games.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16842 on: February 21, 2017, 07:58:55 AM »
Care to define what "\(★ω★)/" means? Genuinely interested, computer challenged.

Looks like a starry-eyed face
Waving arms, starry-eyed, kissyface.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16843 on: February 21, 2017, 08:02:57 AM »
Colleague remarks that this weekend was NEARLY fantastic because an accumulator bet (with odds of 1,000 to 1) almost came in.  In fact the first 6 scores were right, it was only the last 1 that was wrong (it's unlikely anyone will predict accurately all 7 games, hence the high odds). 

My colleague had put £10 on those odds.

Colleague then explained that the £10k winnings (would) have been enough to wipe out debts that they will never be able to clear without a windfall.

I don't know how frequently my coworker places these bets, but I'd presume fairly often as they didn't even watch the games.

i'm not sure if this is the same kind of betting since i do none
but after complaining about money or pay issues, a coworker will stop by to get a lottery ticket or scratcher. it's not bad if it's once in a while but if it's very often then it can add up.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16844 on: February 21, 2017, 08:37:55 AM »
Mustachian co-worker and I are looking online and just baffled at the suggested price of the new iPhone 8 (over $1k) when another co-worker walks up, sees it and says, "I'll be getting one." 

I tell him it's over a thousand dollars, he just shrugs and says, "It'll be worth it," and walks off.

I know for a fact he has an iPhone 7 and considering we have known each other for over 10yrs, I know his finances are a total mess, mostly due to a previous drug problem, for which he wiped out his 401k/savings to pay for rehab a few years back.

Like, WTF?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16845 on: February 21, 2017, 08:43:49 AM »
I'm not sure that my bargain basement sub-$30 PAYG phone is worth it. Buy the phone and then pay $80 (Verizon) for service every month for the rest of my life???

Call me at my desk at work or speak to the answering machine at home. I'll call you back.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16846 on: February 21, 2017, 11:25:36 AM »
I don't think my colleagues realise how much of a burden buying lunch has become for them.

Every day there are the discussions about who is having what.

CW1: I feel like Thai for lunch. Want to come with me?
CW2: No, I had Thai last night. Can we get Chinese instead?
CW1: No, I don't feel like Chinese? Italian?
CW2: We're have reservations at [Italian place] for dinner.
They were still debating it when they left the office.

***

CW3: What are you having?
CW4: Oh, it's a salad from such-and-such. It's not very good on it's own, so you have to ask for extra this and that. You have to pay extra, of course, but it makes it edible.

***

CW1: What did you end up getting?
CW3: Oh, I couldn't be bothered going over the road so I just got this (from nearest cafe). It's actually not very good.

***

CW4: Oh, they gave me the wrong thing.
CW2: *examines meal* No, they didn't. That's what you ordered.
CW4: Oh. Well, it's not what I wanted. I wanted the noodles, not the soup.

They complain about the lines, the service, having to pay with cash at some places...

Four are on diets, two have food allergies and intolerances, and one is supposed to be on a tight budget.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16847 on: February 21, 2017, 11:31:08 AM »
Brand new to the forums. Just finished reading this entire thread over the last month or so and had to create an account in order to post.

CW1 recently told me that she was still paying of an impromptu road trip with her daughter that she put on a credit card six years ago. She said she was okay with it because Ďthe trip was really needed at the timeí.

Our company is doing a voluntary layoff right now and they sent out emails earlier this month. She was so happy when she got hers because she thought that meant that the company thought that she could afford to retire. When I told her that I got one as well she was genuinely confused and then upset.

She is dating the father of her first child and said that even when he moves in (dating less than a month mind you and the kid is 25) she wants him to keep his place because itís nice to have place for the weekend and the views are so awesome. This is an apartment that he is just renting.

CW2 is a hot mess.

She has three vehicles and a travel trailer all with payments on them. About 100k in vehicle debt as far as I can tell.
3 of the 4 were bought in the last year or so despite their other numerous debts which include lawyers, family, and the IRS.
They bought the suburban when I was out of maternity leave or I would have tried to talk her out of it. The idea was that it would tow their brand new trailer. Turns out it didnít have the right axels so her husband went out and bought a brand new truck.

She spent $1500 on a birth photographer when she had no money saved to get her through maternity leave and was calling all her different lenders to get payments deferred.

They are now selling their house to pay off some of their debts. To get their house ready for sale, since they didnít have the money upfront, they are working with a realtor whose husband is a contractor. The contractor is fronting the cost of the new flooring and will be paid out of the proceeds of the sale. To the tune of 14k. On top of regular realtor fees. She was being pressured into accepting an offer that was lower than she was comfortable with because the realtor wanted her money back. I donít think they got 14k more than they would have if they hadnít done the floors.

Sheís expecting to come out with about 50k from the sale when all is said and done. She is planning on paying off some of their non-vehicle debt and has recently began considering getting rid of the cheapest vehicle they own (10k). She is going to keep 15k to put down on the next house. They are looking in the 450k price range.

They are planning on renting until they find a new place because there isnít anything on the market that they like. She was considering a place on a lake that was $700 more a month than her mortgage. Now sheís considering a place thatís actually smaller than their current home but itís still over $200 more a month than the mortgage. They will be signing a year lease not sure how that will play out.

They go out to eat multiple times a week and at work she participates in the program where you scan your ID at the cafeteria and the money is taken out of your next check. Her breakfast will easily be $8.

Her step daughter asked why they didnít just pay off the lawyer and she said ĎPeople donít just pay off 30k in a yearí. She and her husband make about 150k a year base salary + overtime together.

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« Reply #16848 on: February 21, 2017, 12:40:12 PM »
Brand new to the forums. Just finished reading this entire thread over the last month or so and had to create an account in order to post.

CW1 recently told me that she was still paying of an impromptu road trip with her daughter that she put on a credit card six years ago. She said she was okay with it because Ďthe trip was really needed at the timeí.

Our company is doing a voluntary layoff right now and they sent out emails earlier this month. She was so happy when she got hers because she thought that meant that the company thought that she could afford to retire. When I told her that I got one as well she was genuinely confused and then upset.

She is dating the father of her first child and said that even when he moves in (dating less than a month mind you and the kid is 25) she wants him to keep his place because itís nice to have place for the weekend and the views are so awesome. This is an apartment that he is just renting.

OK, run this by me again. She's dating the father of her first child for a month but the kid is 25 so they've been dating for 25 years now?

Mustachian co-worker and I are looking online and just baffled at the suggested price of the new iPhone 8 (over $1k) when another co-worker walks up, sees it and says, "I'll be getting one." 

I tell him it's over a thousand dollars, he just shrugs and says, "It'll be worth it," and walks off.

I know for a fact he has an iPhone 7 and considering we have known each other for over 10yrs, I know his finances are a total mess, mostly due to a previous drug problem, for which he wiped out his 401k/savings to pay for rehab a few years back.

Like, WTF?

Yeah, I'm a bit of a phone geek myself but at least I pay for the phone up front with a Ä3 per month subscription. Even being a phone geek I don't get people *needing* a new phone every year. The iPhone gets regular updates and at least 3 major updates so software wise it'll be nearly if not exactly the same as the current model for a couple of years. At work we still use the iPhone 5, admittedly they are starting to fall apart for mose (ab)users but mine is still fine albeit being slow.

I also tried to convince my sister it was cheaper to buy the phone up front with a sim-only subscription. I got told off because she wouldn't pay 500,- for a phone. But having a 2 year subscription of 50,- per month is fine, even when I explained she'll be paying the phone twice over...
In this regards it's a good thing we had a law change regarding phone's included in subscription. Companies are now obliged to register the cost of the included phone as a loan with a maximum 14% anual interest rate. One ad was recently checked and appearently the interest for that subscription with phone came in around 520%... Hopefully sheeple will start thinking twice about the true cost of a subscription with phone included.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #16849 on: February 21, 2017, 01:10:07 PM »
My coworkers aren't too bad compared to a lot of the others on this thread, but they have their moments...

One coworker was complaining to me about how she recently refi-ed her student loans and her monthly payment went up and now it's hard for her to afford. I'm not sure how much debt she has, but her loans are from undergrad and grad school, so I think it's significant. To be fair she is the lowest paid person in our department of the low-paying non-profit we work for. BUT in the same conversation, she was also telling me about 2 separate vacations that she has coming up! Both vacations will definitely involve air travel and a lot going out to eat and a "treat yo'self" type mentality. She also goes out for lunch way more often than she brings it in, and drives to work everyday even though she lives less than 2 miles from our office. Girl, if you can't afford the minimum payment on your student loans, you can't afford to take 2 fancypants vacations in 4 months!

She is also my cautionary tale about grad school. She's the only person in my department with a masters degree, but is the lowest ranking and lowest paid in the department. I love the idea of grad school because I like school, but career-wise, I don't feel like I can justify it and definitely wouldn't do it if it meant taking on any debt at all.