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Old 07-13-2011, 07:56 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Claire View Post
My father was in the military, so I just kind of go with the flow on most words, and don't consider any option right or wrong. When I was in New Hampshire, a water fountain was a bubbler. Carbonated beverages were soda most places I lived, but here are pop and in New Hampshire were tonic. Then over many years I had to learn a few words in many different languages. Don't know enough to speak any of them! So few can offend me by their pronunciation unless they are trying hard to do it!

I, too, do have my limits. I am an aunt, not an ant. Probably comes from a French-Canadian translation from "tante". It isn't so much that I'm being stubborn, but just prefer my nieces and nephews to use "aunt". I find it amusing how people get offended if you pronounce something differently.
I grew up in Maine with a strong French Canadian background. I grew up saying aunt, after moving away I noticed that many people say ant, struck me as odd since it isn't spelled that way. I've had people comment on my use of "aunt" saying that it made me sound snooty, I thought that was hilarious.

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:15 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by buckytom View Post
yum, i love rashers of streaky bacoun..
Hey, that ou thing looks cool


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Old 07-13-2011, 08:25 PM   #43
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Did somebody mention bacon?

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Old 07-13-2011, 10:25 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
Really? I thought that was Vanna White.
No, because Vanna White makes you BUY the vowels.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:24 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by CWS4322 View Post
American Standard English drops the "u."
Canadian Standard English sometimes drops the "u."
British Standard English doesn't drop the "u."

The different Style Guides are a pain. I'm forever having to verify usage issues with punctuation and spelling conventions. And, Canadian spelling conventions and punctuation conventions are a hybrid of US and British. Go figure.
I have a funny story on this CW! Many years ago I worked for the BC Government in International Trade. We were a small department that was developing a Database to link local exporters with International Importers. My boss was American, and the assistant boss was English. I, of course, am Canadian. The two of them got into a very heated argument over this very thing. Since I was the one actually writing all the leads, I used "ou" and also spelled it "centre" if it was a place and "center" if it was the middle. My boss said that because this was international it should be the American spelling. His Assistant said that because it was extensively for Europe it MUST be British English.

I looked at them both and said "this is Canada, I am Canadian and I am spelling it in Canadian".......which is a little bit of both .

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Old 07-14-2011, 04:44 AM   #46
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Remember the years of the "you might be a redneck if...." jokes? A nephew of mine was really into Jeff Foxworthy and loved those jokes. Various of his other female relatives are "ants". But my sisters, my father's sisters, and my mother's sisters are all AUNTS. He one time lost track and called me "Anty Claire." I just laughed and said, you might be a redneck if .... I didn't even finish before we were all laughing.

you can't take this stuff too seriously. My husband said that when he was in Vietnam his platoon got into a huge fight about whether it was soda or pop. He said he had to declare it to be "soda pop" and that everyone would say it that way. "As if we didn't have enough fighting without that!"
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:01 AM   #47
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While we're on the subject ... So much of what we buy now is made or assembled in China or other countries. What about instructions written in a language that vaguely resembles English but make no sense at all? I'm sure it is the same in the other languages the directions come in. I can just about assemble a piece of furniture using the directions, most of the time. The last thing I tried, though, left me with 16 screws in my hand, wondering, what the hades? The entire thing, of course, fell apart leaving me to see where I should have reinforced some joints with the screws. Another recent one was trying to attach a new printer to my computer. I used to be good at this, I really did. I gave up and called computer guy, who just for the heck of it looked at the instructions and laughed and said, Claire, these are simply wrong, wrong, wrong. I actually used to be an electronics technician in the Air Force, but now am so stupid I can't even read the instructions to hook up basic computer equipment, or for that matter, most recently, recharge my cell phone!

I just feel that if you're selling an item in a country that has a predominant language (this came in about 5 languages and I suspect they all were that poorly translated), hire one person in your company to write instructions for whom that language is their first language.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:08 AM   #48
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>>made in China

it's not a hard&fast rule, but the "written" stuff is often a very good tip-off as to whether the made in China stuff is of any quality or just knock off junk.

companies that have stuff made in China usually provide the written materials - or at least the text/copy for printing.

the knock off companies 'translate' into English on their own - which frequently 'shows up' with a case of the giggles.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:18 AM   #49
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I've had to assemble most of my furniture. The instructions I usually get often have few words, but well done diagrams.

I'd order from Walmart and have them delivered right to my planned assembly area. So easy, with a few breaks to vent my bad words vocabulary, usually caused by those #$%^&*()_ pegs.

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Old 07-14-2011, 10:17 AM   #50
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Here's part of an eBay description for a beautiful red Chinese teapot:

"...it is priceless if you own an excellent chicken-blood-coloured stone teapot, be sure of its treasure, bid it immediately,noble artwork!!..."

Of course, their English is excellent compared to my Chinese.

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