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Author:  Thee SPC [ Tue May 10, 2011 6:48 pm ]
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LSD as an acronym has always puzzled me. Shouldn't it be LAD?

I guess it doesn't matter that much when you're watching your face melt in a green mirror. Err.....or so I'm told!

Author:  Mrs Ray Flicker [ Tue May 10, 2011 6:57 pm ]
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KevW wrote:
Right. I get annoyed when things are claimed to be acronyms but aren't. Like RSPCA, RSPB etc. I also get annoyed at the needless splitting up of the word 'myself'.


Fair enough, but it's important to remember that people who call "RSPB" etc acronyms aren't getting it wrong. There is no clear, single definition of "acronym". Some definitions include terms like "BBC" others don't. Basically you're not getting riled by a mistake but taking sides in an on-going argument.

It's a similar story with "myself" v "my self". You claim it's an unnecessary split, but (a) who says it's unnecessary? and (b) who says only necessary splits should be allowed?

Where, for example, do you stand on something like "CAMRA"? Is it a contraction of Camampaign Real Ale? Or what?

Author:  KevW [ Tue May 10, 2011 7:14 pm ]
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CAMRA is fine. That's an acronym.

This thread wasn't supposed to get this serious to be honest! It was meant as a bit of fun!

The definition of acronym is hazey looking at wikipedia, but it certainly started as being a set of initials that spell out another word.

Author:  KevW [ Tue May 10, 2011 7:19 pm ]
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Can I add that acronyms can also include more than just the first letter of each word to make it work. Like SONAR for example.

Author:  SPT [ Tue May 10, 2011 7:26 pm ]
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Thee SPC wrote:
Devilish Red wrote:
I know what you mean. I've got a workmate who always adds an 's' to names of people without an 's', i.e. Charlie Adams, John Simms. God, that grinds my gears.....


"Please also see Mary Hopkin. She must despair"


I ahve a workmate who does that despite having a surname that is a sitter for people doing it to her.

Author:  Mrs Ray Flicker [ Tue May 10, 2011 8:14 pm ]
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KevW wrote:
CAMRA is fine. That's an acronym.


But where's the "F"? If it's a no-no to add extra letters, how come it's OK to leave some out? EXPLAIN YOURSELF! :P

KevW wrote:
The definition of acronym is hazey looking at wikipedia, but it certainly started as being a set of initials that spell out another word.


It did, but usage changes over time. My guess would be that terms like "MBA" will eventually be non-controversially called "acronyms" simply because "acronym" is a much less cumbersome word than "initialisation" or any of the alternatives.

Author:  Cavey [ Tue May 10, 2011 8:30 pm ]
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People arguing over acronyms :P

People who say 'Don't be angry but...' and then say something to make you angry.

People who mix coffee granules in with the sugar ones

Author:  Thee SPC [ Tue May 10, 2011 9:50 pm ]
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I find its much faster to say ACRNYM

Author:  Devilish Red [ Wed May 11, 2011 12:13 pm ]
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KevW wrote:
Another minor irritation is people saying things like "this vodka is 80% proof."
Proof is not a percentage!


You need to find a group of more discerning, grammar-aware alkies... :D

Author:  Devilish Red [ Wed May 11, 2011 12:15 pm ]
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Who doesn't quietly bristle at the sight of the '10 Items Or Less' signs...? :x

Author:  KevW [ Wed May 11, 2011 12:23 pm ]
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Devilish Red wrote:
KevW wrote:
Another minor irritation is people saying things like "this vodka is 80% proof."
Proof is not a percentage!


You need to find a group of more discerning, grammar-aware alkies... :D



Proof is measured in degrees, not percentage! I will pick my drunken friends more carefully.

In fact a recently departed friend (he was in his 80s) and a member of my quiz team always got a bee in his bonnet about people saying 'percent proof'.

Another pet hate of his was sport. Tennis, football, golf, cricket etc... they're GAMES not sports. Fishing/hunting and the like are sports.

Author:  Bovine Juice [ Wed May 11, 2011 12:28 pm ]
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People who start emails "Hey".

Author:  Thee SPC [ Wed May 11, 2011 1:15 pm ]
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Bovine Juice wrote:
People who start emails "Hey".


I do that from time to time. This is 'cos my missus made me watch Friends on rotation for ten years.

I've since bought her a Frasier box set.

Author:  hertz [ Wed May 11, 2011 9:52 pm ]
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There was one of my language teachers who used to mispronounce all possible words and make fun of us for correct pronunciation. We all were following her language for 3 long years and ended up mispronouncing various words. Thanks Mam…

Author:  jimgibb [ Wed May 11, 2011 10:29 pm ]
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people who sit on the outside seat on the bus when the window seat is empty

Author:  Devilish Red [ Thu May 12, 2011 9:55 am ]
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jimgibb wrote:
people who sit on the outside seat on the bus when the window seat is empty


...whilst closing the window as they do so :x Truly the perfect storm...

Author:  Westie [ Thu May 12, 2011 2:42 pm ]
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jimgibb wrote:
people who sit on the outside seat on the bus when the window seat is empty


I've noticed that people who are sitting on the outside seat have started not actually getting up for you when you're sitting by the window and are trying to get out. You ding the bell, you get to your stop, you get up and say 'Scuse me, can I get out' and they merely swivel 90 degrees to the right/left (depending on what side of the bus) still sitting down - creating a dreadfully narrow gangway for you to get out from.

Why have people started doing this? WHY?

Author:  Cavey [ Thu May 12, 2011 4:25 pm ]
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Why indeed, westie, why indeed. This has really rattled my whiney chains now. I have no idea why people can't shift their arses anymore - like there is some kind of invisible public transport glue that ensures that their rears stay attached to their bastard seats but there it is.

What happened to public transport etiquette hey? And as for the oyster swindlers - beeb beeb (no money on card) and they know it and they stand there protesting and then pull out a twenty pound note knowing full well the driver doesn't have change and sometimes the driver just waves them on and I want to scream 'Hang the fuck on, why do I bother paying for my ticket?' and other such travel questions...and breathe...

And the feckers who literally sit on your lap, yeah this woman had one of her bum cheeks on my trouser leg the other day and I said to her if I was a man you'd be pregnant now, get the fuck off my lap.

And the people who read the shite free newspapers and dramatically turn the pages to a point that the tip of the paper restyles your hair...oh god i'm dreading going home now. I hate commuters.

Author:  jimgibb [ Thu May 12, 2011 6:47 pm ]
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I just got really annoyed about the seat thing yesterday, I was coming home from town and went upstairs on the no8. There were only 2 seats available, one behind the other, on one there was a woman sitting by the window and the other a man sitting on the aisle seat. So I asked the bloke to move so I could sit down. he actually looked over his shoulder at the empty seat and sucked his teeth but I just stood there and eventually he moved. It made for a very uncomfortable bus ride but really, does he think his special ticket entitles him to 2 seats?

Author:  Devilish Red [ Tue May 24, 2011 3:47 pm ]
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Hey,

Just thought of another bus-related gripe - numerous ringings of the bell when approaching a stop, when surely just the one will suffice as the bus only makes the stopping action once? I've been soooo close to contacting the bus company to demand a bell-mechanism overhaul so that it's disabled once it's been rung once and only resets after the bus has started off again. Call me small-minded but it's the drip-drip of this kind of thing that leads to a Falling Down-style rampage, believe me...

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