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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7300 on: March 10, 2015, 11:42:27 AM »
When I had my first little part time teen-aged job it was at a store (does anyone remember Woolco?) that paid us every Friday ....IN CASH! We'd get an envelope with our wages, including coins, in cash and tear off handwritten pay stub for tax returns. Only time I ever worked for a company that paid in cash. This was in 1975.

I remember them!   And I worked for Kinney Shoes as my first job, which was owned by the same parent company (F.W. Woolworth).   We also got paid in cash every week.   The store was small enough that I got to see how it worked - the manager had a ledger where he multiplied people's hours by their rate, added in commission as appropriate.    All with pencil.   Then he paid us out of the drawer on Friday.    Back then there were enough cash purchases for it not to be an issue.  This was 1984-5.

I got paid weekly in cash once too, when I worked for a summer in Drumnadrochit, Scotland (touristy Lochness monster town). It was in 2002. We didn't get paid very much, but we got free room and board also.

I got paid weekly in cash in Scotland, too! It was so weird. It was not that long ago - 2008. It was exactly as described: a small manila envelope with cash and coins. This was a touristy pub in Edinburgh that only took cash, no cards or checks although I don't remember the check part ever being an issue.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7301 on: March 10, 2015, 12:54:14 PM »
I am on a biweekly pay schedule, my wife is on a bimonthly. 


You mean semi monthly. Bimonthly would mean your wife gets paid once every two months ;)

Seriously?  ~800 words and that is what you focus on?

Yup.



I'm with Pooperman on this one. As Cheddar Stacker noted, we don't say semi-sexual. Nor does semicircle mean two circles.

Colloquially, they are identical. Semantically, semi means half, bi means 2, so they aren't. Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7302 on: March 10, 2015, 01:13:45 PM »
I am on a biweekly pay schedule, my wife is on a bimonthly. 


You mean semi monthly. Bimonthly would mean your wife gets paid once every two months ;)

Seriously?  ~800 words and that is what you focus on?

Yup.



I'm with Pooperman on this one. As Cheddar Stacker noted, we don't say semi-sexual. Nor does semicircle mean two circles.

Colloquially, they are identical. Semantically, semi means half, bi means 2, so they aren't. Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

LOL this thread might be getting watered down.  Now we are having the same argument twice.

still lots of fun though

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7303 on: March 10, 2015, 01:23:08 PM »
As Cheddar Stacker noted, we don't say semi-sexual. Nor does semicircle mean two circles.

So you're saying it doesn't "go both ways". Got it.

Edit: fixed it for you johnny.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2015, 02:08:16 PM by Cheddar Stacker »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7304 on: March 10, 2015, 01:37:23 PM »
As Cheddar Stacker noted, we don't say semi-sexual. Nor does semicircle mean two circles.

So you're saying it doesn't "go both ways". Got it.

Looks like you edited the quotes incorrectly there.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7305 on: March 10, 2015, 02:31:45 PM »
The Earth revolves around the sun in 365.242199 days (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 46 seconds). Every 100 years, there is no leap year?(should be 128 years) Tax implications please? I need to know!

I have created this spreadsheet to workout your exact tax implications based on what century you were born in....

Years divisible by 100 don't  have leap years except if they are divisible by 400, then they do:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_year
This gets you to 365.2425.  Now we're only 0.0003 days off.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7306 on: March 10, 2015, 02:37:18 PM »
Thanks for the laughs about pay frequency.

Back on topic:

CW1: We're buying a new house! It's a the top of the budget, but [husband] says its fine.
CW2: that's great, what's it like?
CW1: [blah blah], and it news a new roof, there's water damage in the attic.
CW2: Oh, are you going to get the price reduced for it?
CW1: No, why?

I'm wincing.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7307 on: March 10, 2015, 05:19:12 PM »

Colloquially, they are identical. Semantically, semi means half, bi means 2, so they aren't.

Intrinsically, semi means half.  But inherently, bi means 2.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7308 on: March 10, 2015, 05:32:58 PM »

Colloquially, they are identical. Semantically, semi means half, bi means 2, so they aren't.

Intrinsically, semi means half.  But inherently, bi means 2.

Are we starting an adverb war now?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7309 on: March 10, 2015, 05:51:32 PM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7310 on: March 10, 2015, 06:34:37 PM »
The Earth revolves around the sun in 365.242199 days (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 46 seconds). Every 100 years, there is no leap year?(should be 128 years) Tax implications please? I need to know!

I have created this spreadsheet to workout your exact tax implications based on what century you were born in....

Bi weekly pay periods occasionally have a year of 27 pay periods. This could disqualify people from needs tested programs or screw up deductions if the employer isn't on it.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7311 on: March 10, 2015, 06:40:03 PM »
CW bought a house!
This is the best I can remember:

CW: we were supposed to get the house this week, but the loan guy says we need to bring 13 thousand dollars to closing. That's ridiculous!!!
me: that doesn't sound too bad. Your house is about the same price as mine was.
CW: how much did you have to give them in closing?
me: 11 grand.
CW: see? 13 is crazy!
me: it seems ballpark right. And remember, my loan was smaller than yours.
CW: no, our house is less than yours [his is 284k, mine was 292k]
me: but your loan is larger [he is putting 0% down] and I'm not totally sure, but I think some of the closing costs are based on the loan size. like, you're supposed to estimate closing costs as a percentage of the loan.
CW: no, our house is less than yours.
me: but you are putting less down. I put 25 thousand down, so I actually showed up to closing with a cashier's check for 36 thousand dollars, and I got a loan for 267 thousand. If you don't have a down payment, your loan will be larger.
CW: we did have a down payment! We gave them 5 thousand so we got first dibs on the house.
me: that sounds more like earnest money? A down payment makes your loan smaller, because you're giving the seller some of the price directly so you don't have to borrow as much from the bank.
CW: that's not how down payments work. They don't affect the amount of the loan.
me: um...
CW: oh, and they're saying we have to bring more now because of taking my name off the loan [his credit wasn't great]
me: well, yeah, it's not a VA loan anymore.
CW: the VA loan doesn't have anything to do with it!
me: ...ok.
CW: did you really have to pay 36 thousand?? how do you get that much money?!!
me: I saved it for a down payment! You know, if you don't have enough money to close on the house, your real estate agent can probably find a way out for you, it's not the end of the world.
CW: we'll get it from [wife's] parents, they always have money. Don't use this loan company, they're ridiculous.


He called me four times last week to have this same conversation. I am just waiting for the day CW uses an online amortization calculator, doesn't understand that the calculator shows only his P+I, and thinks the loan servicer is fleecing him with the escrow payments.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7312 on: March 10, 2015, 06:50:29 PM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

This thread is giving me a semi.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7313 on: March 10, 2015, 08:34:33 PM »
CW bought a house!
This is the best I can remember:

...

He called me four times last week to have this same conversation. I am just waiting for the day CW uses an online amortization calculator, doesn't understand that the calculator shows only his P+I, and thinks the loan servicer is fleecing him with the escrow payments.

This made me first laugh, then cry a little. DW and I have somewhat seriously talked about buying our first home in cash - I'm sure I'd end up with only a few golden work conversations for this thread if I did that haha.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7314 on: March 11, 2015, 05:53:16 AM »
CW bought a house!
This is the best I can remember:

...

He called me four times last week to have this same conversation. I am just waiting for the day CW uses an online amortization calculator, doesn't understand that the calculator shows only his P+I, and thinks the loan servicer is fleecing him with the escrow payments.

This made me first laugh, then cry a little. DW and I have somewhat seriously talked about buying our first home in cash - I'm sure I'd end up with only a few golden work conversations for this thread if I did that haha.

Oh, and he is PISSED that his monthly payment will be higher than mine. On a larger loan, in a county with higher taxes. D'oh!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7315 on: March 11, 2015, 06:54:23 AM »

Are your salaries actually stated in annual terms?  The companies i've worked for have always defined in either hourly, or as salary but defined as biweekly.   So if you make $40k/yr your employment contract doesn't state $40k/yr, it would state $1,600 biweekly based on 80 hours.

EDIT: math error

Mine is stated yearly. 

I looked it up, I get paid twice a month, not biweekly.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7316 on: March 11, 2015, 07:22:57 AM »
CW bought a house!
This is the best I can remember:

...

He called me four times last week to have this same conversation. I am just waiting for the day CW uses an online amortization calculator, doesn't understand that the calculator shows only his P+I, and thinks the loan servicer is fleecing him with the escrow payments.

This made me first laugh, then cry a little. DW and I have somewhat seriously talked about buying our first home in cash - I'm sure I'd end up with only a few golden work conversations for this thread if I did that haha.

Oh, and he is PISSED that his monthly payment will be higher than mine. On a larger loan, in a county with higher taxes. D'oh!

oh my god. that conversation... I don't even know how to react. can you believe they seriously give loans of hundreds of thousands of dollars to people whose lack of understanding is SO complete?!?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7317 on: March 11, 2015, 08:12:25 AM »
How is it very slightly bogus? And it's not even my pay scale. It's the federal government's.

Ha!  Still stuck in conflict mode, I see.

I meant the generic "you" not you in particular.   You, me, anyone with a biweekly check.  Your pay scale (our pay scales, any pay scales) are very slightly bogus because the annual dollar amount they claim to be paying you is based on a very long cycle of 26 pay periods in some years and 27 in others, and so they slightly underpay that amount in some years and slightly overpay in other years and you'd need to work many decades to have it all average out correctly with the leap years.

Hmm, I never knew why it was the case that I've never actually made what my Fed salary says I make in any given year!  Now I get it.  The bastards . . .

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7318 on: March 11, 2015, 08:37:14 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7319 on: March 11, 2015, 09:06:46 AM »
Is it ok to refer to bi-sexual as semi-sexual?

After they are married for a few years -
both of these posts didn't get nearly enough love

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7320 on: March 11, 2015, 09:24:02 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7321 on: March 11, 2015, 09:32:40 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

I thought I had all of this orange black box thing straitened out in my head.... Now you are telling me it is a semi black/bi orange with blue speckles, semi circle...  WTF...

How am I ever going to get this strait!!!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7322 on: March 11, 2015, 10:03:50 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

I thought I had all of this orange black box thing straitened out in my head.... Now you are telling me it is a semi black/bi orange with blue speckles, semi circle...  WTF...

How am I ever going to get this strait!!!

Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7323 on: March 11, 2015, 10:55:46 AM »
Is it ok to refer to bi-sexual as semi-sexual?

After they are married for a few years -
both of these posts didn't get nearly enough love

Thanks Grimm.

I gotta tip my cap to this one:

Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

This thread is giving me a semi.

Bigote was funny. Dragoncar was spit take funny.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7324 on: March 11, 2015, 11:03:27 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

I thought I had all of this orange black box thing straitened out in my head.... Now you are telling me it is a semi black/bi orange with blue speckles, semi circle...  WTF...

How am I ever going to get this strait!!!

Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.

Smart ass!  Serves me well for not paying attention to my grammar...  On that note... It would not be very mustachian for me to fish in the Florida strait, being from Canada :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7325 on: March 11, 2015, 11:09:09 AM »
Sigh... I am the one who started the paycheque madness/hilarity, I take responsibility.

My main gripe wasn't with the semi-monthy vs bi-weekly screwing someone once-every-whatever-the-fuck-you-guys-were-talking about-up-there due to tax purposes.

In my original post I said daily would be best! It is generally better to get paid for your services as quickly as possible after they are rendered. I'm standing by that god dammit!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7326 on: March 11, 2015, 11:36:19 AM »
Just went to a lunch and learn from the guys (all guys) who are responsible for my office's rrsp plan.  There was little actual discussion about rrsps other than it being a good idea, and that we should choose one of the risk level portfolios, and they'll take care of all the rebalancing etc.  Included in the talk was that they are a "premium" product, with "very active" managers who are "constantly moving" the portfolio composition.

They also showed how if you put the money in with them through work (i.e. pre-tax) that you end up with more money every pay than if you saved that same amount of money post-tax.  A whole $600 more over the course of a year.  Of course they didn't mention you would get that cash back anyways with your tax refund, and if you talked to HR they could adjust your withholding so you weren't giving the government a loan.  I was a good worker and didn't point this out.

I'm still going to sign up, because work does give a small amount of matching, and I might as well assume I'll still be here when it vests.  Plus I'm a sucker for Boursin cheese. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7327 on: March 11, 2015, 12:52:39 PM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

I thought I had all of this orange black box thing straitened out in my head.... Now you are telling me it is a semi black/bi orange with blue speckles, semi circle...  WTF...

How am I ever going to get this strait!!!

Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.

Smart ass!  Serves me well for not paying attention to my grammar...  On that note... It would not be very mustachian for me to fish in the Florida strait, being from Canada :)

Haha you can choose whichever strait is closest =P


Sigh... I am the one who started the paycheque madness/hilarity, I take responsibility.

My main gripe wasn't with the semi-monthy vs bi-weekly screwing someone once-every-whatever-the-fuck-you-guys-were-talking about-up-there due to tax purposes.

In my original post I said daily would be best! It is generally better to get paid for your services as quickly as possible after they are rendered. I'm standing by that god dammit!

Uh if you really want to do that, there's a fair chance that the overhead incurred in getting paid daily would eat into your salary.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7328 on: March 11, 2015, 01:55:24 PM »

Bigote was funny. Dragoncar was spit take funny.

Thanks, but I was going for jizz-in-your-pants funny.  I'll try harder

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7329 on: March 11, 2015, 02:18:30 PM »
Just went to a lunch and learn from the guys (all guys) who are responsible for my office's rrsp plan.  There was little actual discussion about rrsps other than it being a good idea, and that we should choose one of the risk level portfolios, and they'll take care of all the rebalancing etc.  Included in the talk was that they are a "premium" product, with "very active" managers who are "constantly moving" the portfolio composition.

They also showed how if you put the money in with them through work (i.e. pre-tax) that you end up with more money every pay than if you saved that same amount of money post-tax.  A whole $600 more over the course of a year.  Of course they didn't mention you would get that cash back anyways with your tax refund, and if you talked to HR they could adjust your withholding so you weren't giving the government a loan.  I was a good worker and didn't point this out.

I'm still going to sign up, because work does give a small amount of matching, and I might as well assume I'll still be here when it vests.  Plus I'm a sucker for Boursin cheese.

Wow, they're using my red flags as selling points!  I don't want active management, and I sure don't want churn from all those 'rebalancing' transaction fees to eat up my returns.

I have a DCPP at work. It's got lowish fees, but the options are pretty poor for funds. Lots of actively managed, high MER junk.  I'd just as soon have the pension adjustment gone so I could cram more into my self-directed RRSP (which is accessible if I retire early, unlike the DCPP), but I'd then miss out on $400/mo of free money.

I just take up to the max match in the pension, then put the rest into RRSP/TFSA.  It does kind of burn me up that over half of my (current) retirement savings will not be accessible until age 55. :(

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7330 on: March 11, 2015, 02:32:39 PM »

Bigote was funny. Dragoncar was spit take funny.

Thanks, but I was going for jizz-in-your-pants funny.  I'll try harder

It's got to be harder than semi for that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7331 on: March 11, 2015, 07:20:30 PM »
Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.
Smart ass!  Serves me well for not paying attention to my grammar...  On that note... It would not be very mustachian for me to fish in the Florida strait, being from Canada :)

I don't see what Bering that has on the discussion.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7332 on: March 11, 2015, 09:32:21 PM »
I am on a biweekly pay schedule, my wife is on a bimonthly. 


You mean semi monthly. Bimonthly would mean your wife gets paid once every two months ;)

It means both, we have had this discussion once before ;)

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/does-bimonthly-mean-twice-a-month-or-every-two-months

I think we had that discussion in this thread.  I still think it's stupid.  I think it's especially confusing when the bi prefix is used to mean every 2 periods, and also twice per period, within the same sentence.

Colloquially, they are identical. Semantically, semi means half, bi means 2, so they aren't. Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

As a matter of interest, why don't Americans use fortnight to describe a two week period like civilised people should?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7333 on: March 11, 2015, 09:38:55 PM »
I am on a biweekly pay schedule, my wife is on a bimonthly. 


You mean semi monthly. Bimonthly would mean your wife gets paid once every two months ;)

It means both, we have had this discussion once before ;)

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/does-bimonthly-mean-twice-a-month-or-every-two-months

I think we had that discussion in this thread.  I still think it's stupid.  I think it's especially confusing when the bi prefix is used to mean every 2 periods, and also twice per period, within the same sentence.

Colloquially, they are identical. Semantically, semi means half, bi means 2, so they aren't. Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

As a matter of interest, why don't Americans use fortnight to describe a two week period like civilised people should?

Because Americans are civilized, not civilised.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7334 on: March 11, 2015, 09:40:56 PM »
Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.
Smart ass!  Serves me well for not paying attention to my grammar...  On that note... It would not be very mustachian for me to fish in the Florida strait, being from Canada :)

I don't see what Bering that has on the discussion.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7335 on: March 11, 2015, 09:42:11 PM »
As a matter of interest, why don't Americans use fortnight to describe a two week period like civilised people should?


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« Reply #7336 on: March 12, 2015, 04:22:13 AM »
^^^^^^^

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Because Americans are civilized, not civilised.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7337 on: March 12, 2015, 04:44:05 AM »
Americanization...? 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7338 on: March 12, 2015, 05:33:30 AM »
Man, I stepped away from this thread for a little bit, and now there are 3 pages (!) of new... oh... never mind, nothing to see here.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7339 on: March 12, 2015, 08:04:29 AM »
As a matter of interest, why don't Americans use fortnight to describe a two week period like civilised people should?



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7340 on: March 12, 2015, 09:51:27 AM »
^HAHAHAHAHAHA AWESOME

Though, for the record, fortnight would be insanely useful if it didn't feel so old-timey. Might have to implement it in 50 years when I become that crazy old man who sits on his front porch yelling at neighbor kids.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7341 on: March 12, 2015, 06:24:17 PM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7342 on: March 12, 2015, 09:30:20 PM »
Actually, with TV now being more global, I have noticed Americans using more English words, or, at least, knowing what they mean.  I blame Dr Who.

Some 20 years ago in Japan I pursuaded an american friend that "wanker" meant "friend".  He introduced himself to someone quite important (who definitely knew the correct meaning" by saying "Hello, wanker"...






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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7343 on: March 12, 2015, 09:48:21 PM »
Some 20 years ago in Japan I pursuaded an american friend that "wanker" meant "friend".  He introduced himself to someone quite important (who definitely knew the correct meaning" by saying "Hello, wanker"...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7344 on: March 13, 2015, 02:32:55 AM »
A common chant at Aussie stadiums is the picking on an opposition player and repeating "You are a wanker" again and again.

There was a story of a 7 year old kid, upon hearing this, asking his father "Dad, what's a wanker?"

The father looked a little embarrassed and not knowing what to say ummed and ahhed a bit, searching for the right answer.

A big burly Scotsman sitting behind them overhead the conversation and saved the day. "Laddie, a wanker is a man who enjoys his own company".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7345 on: March 13, 2015, 02:51:27 AM »
A common chant at Aussie stadiums is the picking on an opposition player and repeating "You are a wanker" again and again.

There was a story of a 7 year old kid, upon hearing this, asking his father "Dad, what's a wanker?"

The father looked a little embarrassed and not knowing what to say ummed and ahhed a bit, searching for the right answer.

A big burly Scotsman sitting behind them overhead the conversation and saved the day. "Laddie, a wanker is a man who enjoys his own company".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7346 on: March 13, 2015, 05:39:58 AM »
Actually, with TV now being more global, I have noticed Americans using more English words, or, at least, knowing what they mean.  I blame Dr Who.

Some 20 years ago in Japan I pursuaded an american friend that "wanker" meant "friend".  He introduced himself to someone quite important (who definitely knew the correct meaning" by saying "Hello, wanker"...

This reminds me of when I was a kid, and my older sister convinced me that "hump" was another word for "jump," and so I sang a song (Pink Pajamas) in a talent show, inserting hump for jump.  "And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall, I hump right in between the sheets..."  I thought everyone was laughing at me because I was so cute and such a good singer, until my parents pulled me aside and explained it to me.  Yeah, I still owe my sister for that one.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7347 on: March 13, 2015, 05:46:07 AM »
Actually, with TV now being more global, I have noticed Americans using more English words, or, at least, knowing what they mean.  I blame Dr Who.

Some 20 years ago in Japan I pursuaded an american friend that "wanker" meant "friend".  He introduced himself to someone quite important (who definitely knew the correct meaning" by saying "Hello, wanker"...

This reminds me of when I was a kid, and my older sister convinced me that "hump" was another word for "jump," and so I sang a song (Pink Pajamas) in a talent show, inserting hump for jump.  "And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall, I hump right in between the sheets..."  I thought everyone was laughing at me because I was so cute and such a good singer, until my parents pulled me aside and explained it to me.  Yeah, I still owe my sister for that one.

One of my friend's older sisters told said friend that she was an accident. My friend being seven or so at the time, didn't know what this really meant, but knew that it was fun to say. So she ran around the house yelling "I'm an accident!" while they had family guests over.
My friend said she got the worst spanking ever that night. I don't actually think they explained what that meant though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7348 on: March 13, 2015, 08:54:07 AM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

Shortly after I moved to the US from the UK, an American asked me tetchily why we needed a word that meant two weeks. I should have asked her why Americans bother with a word that means two pints.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7349 on: March 13, 2015, 10:21:27 AM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

Shortly after I moved to the US from the UK, an American asked me tetchily why we needed a word that meant two weeks. I should have asked her why Americans bother with a word that means two pints.
Why is there a word for 2 anyway?
You can say any number with zero and one.

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