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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8900 on: June 25, 2015, 07:54:01 AM »
I don't go to work, so I'm reporting third-hand neighborhood gossip.

A 40-year-old married his fourth spouse in December 2011.  None of his previous marriages lasted longer than four years, mostly due to his own misconduct. 

The divorce betting pool started shortly after the honeymoon, and I picked this coming December because it's the four-year point.  No money is changing hands-- we're only comparing our skills at judging human behavioral psychology.

I've just learned that this couple financed their wedding and they're still paying it off nearly four years later.  Let me be clear on the vocabulary:  they didn't just finance their honeymoon, but they also financed the wedding (and he financed the rings) and they're still paying off all of that.  This is in addition to the first mortgage, the second mortgage, the student loan, and the car payments.  She also has a habit of buying high-end clothing for their 18-month-old daughter... I've heard estimates as high as 50 outfits (which are soon outgrown and replaced).  But although they're dual-working parents, they still manage to eat out and bar-hop with friends and "have fun".  You know, just living a typical life with debt up to their eyeballs.

It was pointed out to me that not only do they not have enough money to pay a divorce lawyer, but they're so enabling of each other's dysfunctional behavior that they may feel trapped in their marriage out of fear that they'd never survive on their own.  Because, after all, it takes two full-time incomes to handle this much debt.  It's simply not possible for them to break up the payments.

I'm going to have to re-think my divorce pool entry.  This marriage might be "until debt death do you part".

I just...I can't even. :boggles:

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8901 on: June 25, 2015, 08:15:28 AM »
As a person with a SUPER common first name (#1 or 2 the year I was born??) the small amount of annoyance of having 10 peers with the same name (guys think that's cool and use it as a reason to be friends) is vastly outweighed by the complete lack of chance that my name will be used to pull my resume out of a pile, keep me out of a job, or otherwise used against me in any way.

My name was in the top 10 the year I was born, but is not even represented in 2014's top 100. Interesting.
I've met maybe two people in my life who share my first name.  Nobody pronounces it correctly the first time.  Last year (when I was 33), my mom told me that they gave me a common middle name so that I could use that if I wanted to.

Seriously?  You waited until I was 33 to tell me this!?
How odd.  One would think that 'Pooperman' would have more staying power.  It has a certain je ne sais quoi.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8902 on: June 25, 2015, 08:26:41 AM »
My pastor met a lady who named her kid Fudgesicle! The lady saw it in the grocery store one day and thought it was the prettiest name she ever. Its pronouced foodge sciliy.
I did taxes for a couple who's baby was named Quetzalcoatl....They pulled out his social security card so I could make sure I spelled it correctly.

I'm another one of those who was given a name that was not popular...until the year I was born. My parents didn't know anyone else with my name at the time but there were three of us in my class of 40.

DH on the other hand has a name that I feel should be well known but is often mispronounced or misspelled. Seriously, people have issues with Eli...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8903 on: June 25, 2015, 09:28:56 AM »
My pastor met a lady who named her kid Fudgesicle! The lady saw it in the grocery store one day and thought it was the prettiest name she ever. Its pronouced foodge sciliy.
I did taxes for a couple who's baby was named Quetzalcoatl....They pulled out his social security card so I could make sure I spelled it correctly.

I'm another one of those who was given a name that was not popular...until the year I was born. My parents didn't know anyone else with my name at the time but there were three of us in my class of 40.

DH on the other hand has a name that I feel should be well known but is often mispronounced or misspelled. Seriously, people have issues with Eli...

Is it Ehl-ee or Ee-lie? It's ambiguous.

Very ambiguous. I met someone a few years ago with the same spelling who pronounces it Ee-lee

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8904 on: June 25, 2015, 09:45:34 AM »
My pastor met a lady who named her kid Fudgesicle! The lady saw it in the grocery store one day and thought it was the prettiest name she ever. Its pronouced foodge sciliy.
I did taxes for a couple who's baby was named Quetzalcoatl....They pulled out his social security card so I could make sure I spelled it correctly.

I'm another one of those who was given a name that was not popular...until the year I was born. My parents didn't know anyone else with my name at the time but there were three of us in my class of 40.

DH on the other hand has a name that I feel should be well known but is often mispronounced or misspelled. Seriously, people have issues with Eli...

Is it Ehl-ee or Ee-lie? It's ambiguous.

Very ambiguous. I met someone a few years ago with the same spelling who pronounces it Ee-lee
But wouldn't you as a standard go to the most common, biblical pronunciation? I'm not even exaggerating when I say that in my experience more than 50% of the time when people see it written they pronounce it wrong, or if I say it out loud they spell it wrong or ask me how it's spelled.

Since I handle all the financial stuff I've actually called places like his student loan company and said my name was Ehl-ee so they would talk to me and haven't been questioned yet. DH had a classmate once who was a little girl named Ellie and he hated her so he gets annoyed when people pronounce it that way

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8905 on: June 25, 2015, 10:12:44 AM »
OK, let's go back to stupid names for people's children.  Specifically Kaylee in all its variations.  The legitimate word is Ceilidh (Scots Gaelic) or sometimes Ceili (Irish Gaelic) and it means a party with alcohol and music and dancing and basically having a grand time.  Do the people using this as a girl's name have any clue as to the original meaning?

Okay - how about Stelmo for a little girl we know of? Our own children have old fashioned names so I can't laugh and point fingers. ;) Didn't want our kids to have any of the top 50 (especially the top 10) current names. I was one of those kids way back when. When they called my name about four or five of us all jumped to attention.  :)
Oooh! I'm a school teacher, I've taught some doozies!

My favourites:
  • Doobie (female)
  • Shoushan (female)
  • Dorsey ('door-see')(male)
  • Jacqualee ('ja-kah-lee') & Jamarlee (they're brothers)
  • Teniqua, Tanika, & Tamika (all in the same class)
  • Shonkiqua & Shaniqua (in the same class)
  • Tyreke and Tireek (again, in the same class)(and then I got a 'Tyreece' this year)
  • Phyia ('fire')(male)

There's lots more, but they get less funny.

A friend of mine taught in Korea and had a female student named Rim So Young.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8906 on: June 25, 2015, 10:15:30 AM »
Funny story: my friend (EE/CE) sold his bike to a roommate (EE/CE) who didn't take care of it as instructed, and the battery ran flat. Jumped it with a car. Yep, jumped a bike battery with a car. No google, no research, just straight up connected the two. Hilarious.

Motorcycle battery? Sure you can do it. You can also jumpstart a lawn tractor this way. Have done both. My motorcycle was hard to start in wet weather (cracked coil). Rode it year 'round this way for a year or so. Eventually sold it. Learned to live with the hard start and how to get around that (how to tease the carbs so it would start and run on two cylinders until the other two dried out and fired).

I've done it, too.  But EEs will generally be aware that automotive batteries are basically all 12v.

Yea it's fine, 12v all around (unless you have a really old/weird bike w/ 6v, but never seen one).  What you don't want to do is have the car running.  Car alternators can put out a lot more than 12v, which the bike might not like.

Cars don't put out any more voltage than motorcycles.  Excepting if you have an old 6v bike that is actually still running at 6v.  Most I've seen have been converted to run as a 12v system.

http://www.motorbikelicense.com/can-you-jump-start-a-motorcycle-with-a-car/

If this is wrong I'd be interested to hear why.  Alternator output varies a lot, up to 18v being common, as I understand it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8907 on: June 25, 2015, 10:25:28 AM »
Any page that says " more than 12v of power. " can be safely ignored.

A 12v alternator will typically put out 13.6V, it can supply a lot more current and hence power than a bike alternator but that is irrelevant. When I plug my phone charger into a house 110V outlet I don't care if it is supplied by a 300W gasoline generator or a  4Gw coal fired station.

The only danger with jump starting a bike is the same as jump starting a car, accidentally shorting the battery by touching cables - it's just a lot easier to do on a small bike.

Jump starting a bike can be entertaining as well. Run alongside, drop the clutch and have a 900cc sports bike engine start. My bike could do 0-60 in <3seconds and you are hanging onto it while running....


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8908 on: June 25, 2015, 10:26:57 AM »

DH on the other hand has a name that I feel should be well known but is often mispronounced or misspelled. Seriously, people have issues with Eli...

Is it Ehl-ee or Ee-lie? It's ambiguous.

Very ambiguous. I met someone a few years ago with the same spelling who pronounces it Ee-lee
But wouldn't you as a standard go to the most common, biblical pronunciation? I'm not even exaggerating when I say that in my experience more than 50% of the time when people see it written they pronounce it wrong, or if I say it out loud they spell it wrong or ask me how it's spelled.

Since I handle all the financial stuff I've actually called places like his student loan company and said my name was Ehl-ee so they would talk to me and haven't been questioned yet. DH had a classmate once who was a little girl named Ellie and he hated her so he gets annoyed when people pronounce it that way

Depends on the context I guess. Assumptions about male/female, race, etc. As far as "biblical pronunciation" goes, I'm not sure which one that is.
I guess biblical pronunciation isn't the best description because who the heck knows how it was pronounced back then. But the only time I've heard the name it's been Ee-lie unless someone is mispronouncing DH's name. Looking at media usage it's always Ee-lie; Eli Manning (football player), Eli's Coming (jazz song), The Book of Eli (2010 movie), Eli Lilly (pharmaceutical company)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8909 on: June 25, 2015, 10:55:27 AM »
OK, let's go back to stupid names for people's children.  Specifically Kaylee in all its variations.  The legitimate word is Ceilidh (Scots Gaelic) or sometimes Ceili (Irish Gaelic) and it means a party with alcohol and music and dancing and basically having a grand time.  Do the people using this as a girl's name have any clue as to the original meaning?

Okay - how about Stelmo for a little girl we know of? Our own children have old fashioned names so I can't laugh and point fingers. ;) Didn't want our kids to have any of the top 50 (especially the top 10) current names. I was one of those kids way back when. When they called my name about four or five of us all jumped to attention.  :)
Oooh! I'm a school teacher, I've taught some doozies!

My favourites:
  • Doobie (female)
  • Shoushan (female)
  • Dorsey ('door-see')(male)
  • Jacqualee ('ja-kah-lee') & Jamarlee (they're brothers)
  • Teniqua, Tanika, & Tamika (all in the same class)
  • Shonkiqua & Shaniqua (in the same class)
  • Tyreke and Tireek (again, in the same class)(and then I got a 'Tyreece' this year)
  • Phyia ('fire')(male)

There's lots more, but they get less funny.

A friend of mine taught in Korea and had a female student named Rim So Young.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8910 on: June 25, 2015, 10:58:47 AM »
Funny story: my friend (EE/CE) sold his bike to a roommate (EE/CE) who didn't take care of it as instructed, and the battery ran flat. Jumped it with a car. Yep, jumped a bike battery with a car. No google, no research, just straight up connected the two. Hilarious.

Motorcycle battery? Sure you can do it. You can also jumpstart a lawn tractor this way. Have done both. My motorcycle was hard to start in wet weather (cracked coil). Rode it year 'round this way for a year or so. Eventually sold it. Learned to live with the hard start and how to get around that (how to tease the carbs so it would start and run on two cylinders until the other two dried out and fired).

I've done it, too.  But EEs will generally be aware that automotive batteries are basically all 12v.

Yea it's fine, 12v all around (unless you have a really old/weird bike w/ 6v, but never seen one).  What you don't want to do is have the car running.  Car alternators can put out a lot more than 12v, which the bike might not like.

Cars don't put out any more voltage than motorcycles.  Excepting if you have an old 6v bike that is actually still running at 6v.  Most I've seen have been converted to run as a 12v system.

http://www.motorbikelicense.com/can-you-jump-start-a-motorcycle-with-a-car/

If this is wrong I'd be interested to hear why.  Alternator output varies a lot, up to 18v being common, as I understand it.

If a car is producing 18v it is broken.  Specifically, the voltage regulator is broken.  Both my bike and my car produce about 14 volts while running as read by a multimeter at the battery terminals.  Both are also capable of producing substantially more if it weren't for the regulator.

I prefer to push start my bikes when the batteries die because of the pain that it is to get to the battery.  I have however jump started several bikes over the years, both mine and other peoples, and have never had a problem. 

Any page that says " more than 12v of power. " can be safely ignored.   <------  THIS A MILLION TIMES

Jump starting a bike can be entertaining as well. Run alongside, drop the clutch and have a 900cc sports bike engine start. My bike could do 0-60 in <3seconds and you are hanging onto it while running....


I prefer to be on the bike when I pop the clutch.  Seems less likely to get away from me.  Run, hop, pop.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8911 on: June 25, 2015, 11:27:58 AM »
As a person with a SUPER common first name (#1 or 2 the year I was born??) the small amount of annoyance of having 10 peers with the same name (guys think that's cool and use it as a reason to be friends) is vastly outweighed by the complete lack of chance that my name will be used to pull my resume out of a pile, keep me out of a job, or otherwise used against me in any way.
ha ha my husband is Michael.  #1 for decades, literally

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« Reply #8912 on: June 25, 2015, 11:30:47 AM »
I have a top 10 name from the year I was born, but it was a "new" name. My parents thought it was unique. My grandparents had hardly heard of it. I used that when I gave my kids "weird" names.

As a person with a SUPER common first name (#1 or 2 the year I was born??) the small amount of annoyance of having 10 peers with the same name (guys think that's cool and use it as a reason to be friends) is vastly outweighed by the complete lack of chance that my name will be used to pull my resume out of a pile, keep me out of a job, or otherwise used against me in any way. 

This works if you're a man. Those of us with very common feminine names have the annoyance alongside the chance that my name will keep me out of a job. And, also, women's names seem more cyclical than men's, so they can also be used for age discrimination. As an example of what I'll be facing in 20 years, the equivalent name for girls 20 years before I was born was Linda. For boys, it was Jeffrey. I've known a much wider age-range of Lindas than Jeffs.
My name peaked in popularity in the 50's.  I've met 2 or 3 other women with the same name (born in the 50's or earlier!)

My neighbor has 3 daughters and mostly gave them gender neutral names.  The middle one is a bit more feminine but has a gender neutral middle name.

Funny because her husband's name is also gender neutral.  Or, is a male name that became gender neutral in the 70's.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8913 on: June 25, 2015, 11:58:16 AM »
OK, let's go back to stupid names for people's children.  Specifically Kaylee in all its variations.  The legitimate word is Ceilidh (Scots Gaelic) or sometimes Ceili (Irish Gaelic) and it means a party with alcohol and music and dancing and basically having a grand time.  Do the people using this as a girl's name have any clue as to the original meaning?

Okay - how about Stelmo for a little girl we know of? Our own children have old fashioned names so I can't laugh and point fingers. ;) Didn't want our kids to have any of the top 50 (especially the top 10) current names. I was one of those kids way back when. When they called my name about four or five of us all jumped to attention.  :)
Oooh! I'm a school teacher, I've taught some doozies!

My favourites:
  • Doobie (female)
  • Shoushan (female)
  • Dorsey ('door-see')(male)
  • Jacqualee ('ja-kah-lee') & Jamarlee (they're brothers)
  • Teniqua, Tanika, & Tamika (all in the same class)
  • Shonkiqua & Shaniqua (in the same class)
  • Tyreke and Tireek (again, in the same class)(and then I got a 'Tyreece' this year)
  • Phyia ('fire')(male)

There's lots more, but they get less funny.

I had a student named M'kaleah, and had an interesting discussion during a grammar assignment about whether she could have two apostrophes to be possessive, lol.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8914 on: June 25, 2015, 02:41:53 PM »
Blast from the past about the bike thing.

Let me put it this way: he basically burned out the entire electrical system by fucking up what he was doing. The details aren't nearly as important as the fact that an EE didn't think to figure out how to properly jump his bike, and just ham-handed it to death. Nothing wrong with not knowing, a lot wrong with killing $3k by making assumptions.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8915 on: June 25, 2015, 03:22:15 PM »

Jump starting a bike can be entertaining as well. Run alongside, drop the clutch and have a 900cc sports bike engine start. My bike could do 0-60 in <3seconds and you are hanging onto it while running....

I prefer to be on the bike when I pop the clutch.  Seems less likely to get away from me.  Run, hop, pop.
Yes this occurred to me about 0.001 seconds after the engine started and about 0.5seconds before I could get the clutch in.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8916 on: June 25, 2015, 03:58:33 PM »
OK, let's go back to stupid names for people's children.  Specifically Kaylee in all its variations.  The legitimate word is Ceilidh (Scots Gaelic) or sometimes Ceili (Irish Gaelic) and it means a party with alcohol and music and dancing and basically having a grand time.  Do the people using this as a girl's name have any clue as to the original meaning?

Okay - how about Stelmo for a little girl we know of? Our own children have old fashioned names so I can't laugh and point fingers. ;) Didn't want our kids to have any of the top 50 (especially the top 10) current names. I was one of those kids way back when. When they called my name about four or five of us all jumped to attention.  :)
Oooh! I'm a school teacher, I've taught some doozies!

My favourites:
  • Doobie (female)
  • Shoushan (female)
  • Dorsey ('door-see')(male)
  • Jacqualee ('ja-kah-lee') & Jamarlee (they're brothers)
  • Teniqua, Tanika, & Tamika (all in the same class)
  • Shonkiqua & Shaniqua (in the same class)
  • Tyreke and Tireek (again, in the same class)(and then I got a 'Tyreece' this year)
  • Phyia ('fire')(male)

There's lots more, but they get less funny.

A woman I dated was a high school teacher and had a girl named "La-a" in her class.  On the first day of class when she was trying to pronounce it, it was quickly pointed out to her that it was pronounced 'La-dash-ah'.  :|

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8917 on: June 25, 2015, 04:03:34 PM »
Coworker: Laundry is such a hassle. I just get mine done for me and my girlfriend at (some service I didn't understand) for only $60.
Me: What?! $60 is insane!
Coworker: Not really. We do like 2-3 loads, it costs at least $15 at the laundromat.
Me: (As is $45 is not already a big enough difference) How is it $15?
Coworker: It's $2 per washer and 2 loads, then you have to dry it and that's another dollar.
Me: So 2+2+1+1 = ....... 15?
Coworker: (Trails off).....

Note: This guy workers in a well-paid role at a prestigious company and is about to start his MBA at a very high ranked and well-known university. He's supposedly smart (rolls eyes).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8918 on: June 25, 2015, 04:03:37 PM »
A woman I dated was a high school teacher and had a girl named "La-a" in her class.  On the first day of class when she was trying to pronounce it, it was quickly pointed out to her that it was pronounced 'La-dash-ah'.  :|

Ever seen the movie Idiocracy? yeah... shit like that makes me believe it is happening already. Next thing you know that child will be under the care of Carl's Jr. ...

Edited to include relevant link. https://youtu.be/wW-4LU79qbU
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8919 on: June 25, 2015, 04:25:42 PM »
A woman I dated was a high school teacher and had a girl named "La-a" in her class.  On the first day of class when she was trying to pronounce it, it was quickly pointed out to her that it was pronounced 'La-dash-ah'.  :|

Ever seen the movie Idiocracy? yeah... shit like that makes me believe it is happening already. Next thing you know that child will be under the care of Carl's Jr. ...

Edited to include relevant link. https://youtu.be/wW-4LU79qbU

HA!  My mom had one of those too!  Her favorite all time was the little boy named Shitheed, pronounce Shi Heed....she called that kid shithead by accident on more than one occasion

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8920 on: June 25, 2015, 04:39:11 PM »
Come on, everybody's heard the La-a and Shithead ones before. For years.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8921 on: June 25, 2015, 04:53:01 PM »
Come on, everybody's heard the La-a and Shithead ones before. For years.

Confirming first time for me. I also grew up in a backwoods Oregon town, so I don't know if that makes a difference.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8922 on: June 25, 2015, 05:11:57 PM »
I'll just leave this here: http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp

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As to whether there is such a child, despite our hearing from dozens and dozens of readers who have claimed to us a girl bearing such a name was in their class or was in a class taught by a relative or acquaintance of theirs, we've yet to find documentation of anyone's bearing a name of "Le-a" that is pronounced "Ledasha" (or any other way). What we found through searching online Social Security databases (which are not complete repositories of information and thus aren't the final say in the matter) showed that while there were more than 4,000 "Lea"s, there weren't any "Le-a"s. For what it's worth, references in various news stories document that "Ledasha" (fully spelled out, not in a "Le-a" form) has indeed been used as a girl's name.

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« Reply #8923 on: June 25, 2015, 05:13:43 PM »
I'll just leave this here: http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp

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As to whether there is such a child, despite our hearing from dozens and dozens of readers who have claimed to us a girl bearing such a name was in their class or was in a class taught by a relative or acquaintance of theirs, we've yet to find documentation of anyone's bearing a name of "Le-a" that is pronounced "Ledasha" (or any other way). What we found through searching online Social Security databases (which are not complete repositories of information and thus aren't the final say in the matter) showed that while there were more than 4,000 "Lea"s, there weren't any "Le-a"s. For what it's worth, references in various news stories document that "Ledasha" (fully spelled out, not in a "Le-a" form) has indeed been used as a girl's name.

Wow, just kill all the fun. :P

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« Reply #8924 on: June 25, 2015, 06:38:24 PM »
My husband's colleagues have been buying lunch at a toasted sandwich place in Sydney for the last couple of months.

Apparently it's really popular because they put all sorts of 'trendy' things on sandwiches, like spaghetti bolognaise or roast meat.

They're paying for bread and leftovers! $8 each and they buy two plus a drink = $20.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8925 on: June 25, 2015, 09:51:21 PM »
I'll just leave this here: http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp

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As to whether there is such a child, despite our hearing from dozens and dozens of readers who have claimed to us a girl bearing such a name was in their class or was in a class taught by a relative or acquaintance of theirs, we've yet to find documentation of anyone's bearing a name of "Le-a" that is pronounced "Ledasha" (or any other way). What we found through searching online Social Security databases (which are not complete repositories of information and thus aren't the final say in the matter) showed that while there were more than 4,000 "Lea"s, there weren't any "Le-a"s. For what it's worth, references in various news stories document that "Ledasha" (fully spelled out, not in a "Le-a" form) has indeed been used as a girl's name.

Wow, just kill all the fun. :P

Correcting stupid urban legends that are being passed on as true isn't killing fun. Snopes is wonderful. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8926 on: June 25, 2015, 09:56:16 PM »
My husband's colleagues have been buying lunch at a toasted sandwich place in Sydney for the last couple of months.

Apparently it's really popular because they put all sorts of 'trendy' things on sandwiches, like spaghetti bolognaise or roast meat.

They're paying for bread and leftovers! $8 each and they buy two plus a drink = $20.

That sounds like a good idea, I'll make this at home sometime. Thanks!

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« Reply #8927 on: June 25, 2015, 09:58:31 PM »
Apparently it's really popular because they put all sorts of 'trendy' things on sandwiches, like spaghetti bolognaise or roast meat.

That sounds like a good idea, I'll make this at home sometime. Thanks!

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« Reply #8928 on: June 25, 2015, 10:53:26 PM »
I'll just leave this here: http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp

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As to whether there is such a child, despite our hearing from dozens and dozens of readers who have claimed to us a girl bearing such a name was in their class or was in a class taught by a relative or acquaintance of theirs, we've yet to find documentation of anyone's bearing a name of "Le-a" that is pronounced "Ledasha" (or any other way). What we found through searching online Social Security databases (which are not complete repositories of information and thus aren't the final say in the matter) showed that while there were more than 4,000 "Lea"s, there weren't any "Le-a"s. For what it's worth, references in various news stories document that "Ledasha" (fully spelled out, not in a "Le-a" form) has indeed been used as a girl's name.

Wow, just kill all the fun. :P

Correcting stupid urban legends that are being passed on as true isn't killing fun. Snopes is wonderful. :)

Also can you remove or shrink the image in your signature?

Love snopes, just being a difficult SOB

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8929 on: June 25, 2015, 11:51:13 PM »
I don't know about today, but 20 years ago if you saw a large crowd of people and shouted...

"Hey Mike!"

...about a third of the men would look.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8930 on: June 26, 2015, 01:48:12 AM »
Naming conventions are so interesting! When you register a birth in the US then, are you allowed to include apostrophes in the name? I don't know if that would be allowed in the UK.

Hyphens are ok, Sarah-Louise or Sarah-Lou was popular when I was young. la-dash-a was definitely the first time of hearing it for me!

Also I have an American relative called W. Richard Surname, and we're like, 'What's the W for?' and he's like, 'Er,it's just W', and we were like, 'What?'. That is not a thing in the UK either.

(Insert joke about socialism v freedom here).

And just to keep this on track, my co-worker was telling me about his cool weekend plans. They are paying 100 per person to go to a regular office building and be locked into an office. They then have to open filing cabinets and desk drawers, and crack codes until they find the key to let themselves out.

I was like, dude, I have an office, I'll lock you in it for free.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8931 on: June 26, 2015, 03:18:04 AM »
My husband's colleagues have been buying lunch at a toasted sandwich place in Sydney for the last couple of months.

Apparently it's really popular because they put all sorts of 'trendy' things on sandwiches, like spaghetti bolognaise or roast meat.

They're paying for bread and leftovers! $8 each and they buy two plus a drink = $20.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8932 on: June 26, 2015, 03:45:11 AM »
Naming conventions are so interesting! When you register a birth in the US then, are you allowed to include apostrophes in the name? I don't know if that would be allowed in the UK.

Hyphens are ok, Sarah-Louise or Sarah-Lou was popular when I was young. la-dash-a was definitely the first time of hearing it for me!

Also I have an American relative called W. Richard Surname, and we're like, 'What's the W for?' and he's like, 'Er,it's just W', and we were like, 'What?'. That is not a thing in the UK either.

(Insert joke about socialism v freedom here).

And just to keep this on track, my co-worker was telling me about his cool weekend plans. They are paying 100 per person to go to a regular office building and be locked into an office. They then have to open filing cabinets and desk drawers, and crack codes until they find the key to let themselves out.

I was like, dude, I have an office, I'll lock you in it for free.

That's quite a popular game in Singapore. The "escape from a room" game.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8933 on: June 26, 2015, 04:09:20 AM »
Also I have an American relative called W. Richard Surname, and we're like, 'What's the W for?' and he's like, 'Er,it's just W', and we were like, 'What?'. That is not a thing in the UK either.

I'm less concerned about the W. and more concerned that your relatives last name is Surname. That's fucking comedy gold right there.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8934 on: June 26, 2015, 04:23:02 AM »


And just to keep this on track, my co-worker was telling me about his cool weekend plans. They are paying 100 per person to go to a regular office building and be locked into an office. They then have to open filing cabinets and desk drawers, and crack codes until they find the key to let themselves out.

I was like, dude, I have an office, I'll lock you in it for free.

LOL.:P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8935 on: June 26, 2015, 05:05:14 AM »
I think it's in Argentina that it's common to name people with just an initial in the middle: Juan R. Nombre. Just R. Then the person decides when they're an adult what R. stands for.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8936 on: June 26, 2015, 05:23:36 AM »
Also I have an American relative called W. Richard Surname, and we're like, 'What's the W for?' and he's like, 'Er,it's just W', and we were like, 'What?'. That is not a thing in the UK either.

I'm less concerned about the W. and more concerned that your relatives last name is Surname. That's fucking comedy gold right there.

That actually made me LOL.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8937 on: June 26, 2015, 05:38:24 AM »
Naming conventions are so interesting! When you register a birth in the US then, are you allowed to include apostrophes in the name? I don't know if that would be allowed in the UK.

Hyphens are ok, Sarah-Louise or Sarah-Lou was popular when I was young. la-dash-a was definitely the first time of hearing it for me!

Also I have an American relative called W. Richard Surname, and we're like, 'What's the W for?' and he's like, 'Er,it's just W', and we were like, 'What?'. That is not a thing in the UK either.

(Insert joke about socialism v freedom here).

And just to keep this on track, my co-worker was telling me about his cool weekend plans. They are paying 100 per person to go to a regular office building and be locked into an office. They then have to open filing cabinets and desk drawers, and crack codes until they find the key to let themselves out.

I was like, dude, I have an office, I'll lock you in it for free.


President Harry S Truman had "S" as his middle name. The S was to please both his grandfathers Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8938 on: June 26, 2015, 07:41:42 AM »
A woman I dated was a high school teacher and had a girl named "La-a" in her class.  On the first day of class when she was trying to pronounce it, it was quickly pointed out to her that it was pronounced 'La-dash-ah'.  :|

This is a common story, along with the famous mythical twins "Orangejello" and "Lemonjello".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8939 on: June 26, 2015, 08:53:13 AM »
We're part of the funny name club . . . named our kid ";DROP DATABASE" just to see what government agencies properly protect against injection attacks.

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« Reply #8940 on: June 26, 2015, 08:57:39 AM »
We're part of the funny name club . . . named our kid ";DROP DATABASE" just to see what government agencies properly protect against injection attacks.

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Although my absolute favorite has to be this one:


(There is a better picture somewhere in which it doesn't have a misspelling of table, but it's still damn funny)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8941 on: June 26, 2015, 09:48:51 AM »
A woman I dated was a high school teacher and had a girl named "La-a" in her class.  On the first day of class when she was trying to pronounce it, it was quickly pointed out to her that it was pronounced 'La-dash-ah'.  :|

I'll just leave this here: http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp

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As to whether there is such a child, despite our hearing from dozens and dozens of readers who have claimed to us a girl bearing such a name was in their class or was in a class taught by a relative or acquaintance of theirs, we've yet to find documentation of anyone's bearing a name of "Le-a" that is pronounced "Ledasha" (or any other way). What we found through searching online Social Security databases (which are not complete repositories of information and thus aren't the final say in the matter) showed that while there were more than 4,000 "Lea"s, there weren't any "Le-a"s. For what it's worth, references in various news stories document that "Ledasha" (fully spelled out, not in a "Le-a" form) has indeed been used as a girl's name.

Wow, just kill all the fun. :P

Correcting stupid urban legends that are being passed on as true isn't killing fun. Snopes is wonderful. :)

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That lying bitch...... :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8942 on: June 26, 2015, 10:18:28 AM »
A woman I dated was a high school teacher and had a girl named "La-a" in her class.  On the first day of class when she was trying to pronounce it, it was quickly pointed out to her that it was pronounced 'La-dash-ah'.  :|

I'll just leave this here: http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp

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As to whether there is such a child, despite our hearing from dozens and dozens of readers who have claimed to us a girl bearing such a name was in their class or was in a class taught by a relative or acquaintance of theirs, we've yet to find documentation of anyone's bearing a name of "Le-a" that is pronounced "Ledasha" (or any other way). What we found through searching online Social Security databases (which are not complete repositories of information and thus aren't the final say in the matter) showed that while there were more than 4,000 "Lea"s, there weren't any "Le-a"s. For what it's worth, references in various news stories document that "Ledasha" (fully spelled out, not in a "Le-a" form) has indeed been used as a girl's name.

Wow, just kill all the fun. :P

Correcting stupid urban legends that are being passed on as true isn't killing fun. Snopes is wonderful. :)

Also can you remove or shrink the image in your signature?

That lying bitch...... :D
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It may have started out as urban legend, but my mother works in a low income subsidized child care center in a ghetto and some bright lights out there really are naming their kids some stupid shit, she's gotten everything from the puns to the "future famous rapper" names, like Little Lay Lay and and William "Un" Rest (a brother and sister pair about 5 years ago).  Those aren't nicknames, those are no shit on the birth certificate at registration names She's also had her fair share of miniature phsychopaths over the years (she's been doing it 22 years now)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8943 on: June 26, 2015, 11:02:08 AM »
All children are psychopaths, man.

But yeah, poor people (and trash with money) fucking love weird-ass names. Race and culture don't matter, they all have 'em. Who the fuck names their kid Trig?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8944 on: June 26, 2015, 11:42:05 AM »
A woman I dated was a high school teacher and had a girl named "La-a" in her class.  On the first day of class when she was trying to pronounce it, it was quickly pointed out to her that it was pronounced 'La-dash-ah'.  :|

This is a common story, along with the famous mythical twins "Orangejello" and "Lemonjello".

TRUE STORY: Had a former student in my school district named D'iar Rhia 

When you say first and last together,  it sounds like diarrhea

Another student - from the middle east - had a name which sounds like SITH-HEED, however, it was spelled Shithead!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8945 on: June 26, 2015, 11:44:25 AM »
A woman I dated was a high school teacher and had a girl named "La-a" in her class.  On the first day of class when she was trying to pronounce it, it was quickly pointed out to her that it was pronounced 'La-dash-ah'.  :|

This is a common story, along with the famous mythical twins "Orangejello" and "Lemonjello".

TRUE STORY: Had a former student in my school district named D'iar Rhia 

When you say first and last together,  it sounds like diarrhea

Another student - from the middle east - had a name which sounds like SITH-HEED, however, it was spelled Shithead!

I knew an Indian boy named Gorung, which I am likely misspelling, but it sounded like "GO WRONG!"
 
Another one named Faqad, which when pronounced sounds like, $#% head." At least for him, his family was in India when he was born and moved later.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8946 on: June 26, 2015, 11:55:41 AM »
A guy I used to autocross with was from Korea. His name was You-Suk. He went by Alex.

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« Reply #8947 on: June 26, 2015, 12:06:06 PM »
I work with many Asian engineers.  There's a Hu, Hao, and Yu on my team alone.

I've heard some hilarious unintentional Who's on First style conversations because of these names.

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« Reply #8948 on: June 26, 2015, 12:12:12 PM »
I work with many Asian engineers.  There's a Hu, Hao, and Yu on my team alone.

I've heard some hilarious unintentional Who's on First style conversations because of these names.

Hu's on first, Yu's on Second, Hao'd they get there, only Yu know :D.

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« Reply #8949 on: June 26, 2015, 12:22:22 PM »
I work with many Asian engineers.  There's a Hu, Hao, and Yu on my team alone.

I've heard some hilarious unintentional Who's on First style conversations because of these names.

Hu's on first, Yu's on Second, Hao'd they get there, only Yu know :D.

- You on project A?
- No, Yu's on project B right now.
- Who's on the project then?
- Yes.
- Yes, what?
- Hu's on the project.
- That's what I asked!