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Posted: 08/09/10 01:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just thought of another one. I was born here so please don't call it "Worshington". Even people that live here say that, even my mother used to. I think I used to say that also, until I was corrected in the 3rd. grade.
-Or "worsh your hands" . (American) English is so messed up.

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Let me see if I understand you correctly, you are telling me that every time you go to Boston, you correct them when they say "kar" and every other word that starts with a "c"? I don't think so! If you did, you would need an orthodontist on retainer.

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A "preventive" measure is a "preventative". One is an adjective and the other is a noun. I hear them used incorrectly very frequently.


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Antidisestablishmentarianism

I just dont know for sure if it is for or against


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hershey wrote:

Hot Water Heater????

That one I find a bit ambiguous. On the first startup cycle, yes, the water is cold. On subsequent service cycles though, the water is typically hot, and the heat cycle now just makes it a little hotter. Because of that, I tend to accept "hot water heater" without comment.


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Have you ever watched the tv show House hunter's? There are so many people that say BET ROOM'S instead of bed room's. OK I'm done.


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I lived in Hawaii for 35 years and worked for a guy that was from Boston. It was funny when he tried to talk to one of the locals that had their own accent. Neither could understand each other and I sometimes had to translate English to English. His kaar was not faar out in the yaard....What did he say? You should hear some of the broken English and pigeon English that was used. If you don't know the local words you would be lost.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

hershey wrote:

Hot Water Heater????

That one I find a bit ambiguous. On the first startup cycle, yes, the water is cold. On subsequent service cycles though, the water is typically hot, and the heat cycle now just makes it a little hotter. Because of that, I tend to accept "hot water heater" without comment.
I guess we don't have enough to do after retirement
But: a water heater doesn't heat hot water, it heats water that is either cold or not hot enough. Once it is hot, its job is done.
Now once the water starts to cool, it again is a water heater again.
But: I'll go with either and have to admit that at one time or another I'm sure I've used the term "Hot Water Heater" and I'll bet I use it again at one time or another.


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DKean wrote:

Have you ever watched the tv show House hunter's? There are so many people that say BET ROOM'S instead of bed room's. OK I'm done.


Oh yes! And that brings up another one... "it's in a quite neighborhood"... Quite what? Quite nice? Quite expensive? I see this in ads all the time too. It's quiEt. Not quite.

Re the Hawaii translations... I can only imagine just how funny that would have to be!! I've had to translate "southern" English to Bostonians and Brooklynites! It is hilarious! Try explaining that a "rivuh" is a body of flowing water...also known as a river!

Southern English is just so much fun. And before anyone gets their feathers ruffled... I can say that being deep fried southern myself. I've just live in the north a bit...and in the midwest too. Accents and dialects are just amazingly different!

Well...I think I'll go find a "quite" place now.



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This might be a long story but bear with me, it might be funny. I will call it "lost in translation". While working in Hawaii for a shipyard we got an emergency job on a cargo tanker ship that was passing through the islands. It's crew was working to make repairs on one of the engines and had a problem and called us to help. My boss did not know what the job involved and sent me with a crew of guys to look at it. When we arrived we learned that the port engineer would not let them leave U.S. waters until the repair was finished. The crew had dropped the flywheel of one of the engines from about 30 ft. up when the weld on the pad eye broke. This flywheel is big and weighs about a ton. It came crashing down and broke a lot of pipes and decking and made one heck of a mess. There was oil in the bilge that was 4 ft. deep. I looked at the mess and wondered what the heck I was suppose to do. That was a major job and there was no way my small crew of guys could do anything that would make a difference. I called my boss and told him the problem. He said do what you can, they already paid for the whole days worth of labor.
I called for a meeting with the port engineer and the captain of the ship. I find out this is a Chinese tanker that has German officers and Filipino and Chinese crew. And nobody could speak English. In order to talk to the captain of the ship I had to tell one of my workers who spoke Filipino to talk to another guy on the ship who could speak Filipino and have him translate to Chinese. Then that guy who spoke Chinese could translate to German to the Ship's captain what I wanted to say. And of course the answer had to come back the same way. By the time the message went through three different languages, it got kind of twisted around and lost the original meaning. All I could do was look at my watch and wonder if it's time to go home yet....The job that ate my brain.

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