Things that annoy you beyond reason...(Vol 5)

Things that annoy you beyond reason...(Vol 5)

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deckster

4,278 posts

194 months

Thursday 14th March
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Halmyre said:
I'd never heard Reims pronounced, so I always thought of it as Reems. Of course the bloody French pronounce it as 'Rans'.
It's nearly as much fun as listening a Yank asking for directions to Loughborough.

The Mad Monk

4,332 posts

56 months

Thursday 14th March
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RizzoTheRat said:
Unlike the bloody Belgians. I go to Mons occasionally for work. In Walloon (French-ish) it's pronounced "Mont", in Flemish (Dutch-ish) it's pronounced "Bergen" confused
I think you will find that it isn't a question of pronouncing the word differently (Bergen).

I think you will find that it is, in fact, a completely different word.

No. There is no need to thank me.

Langweilig

3,265 posts

150 months

Thursday 14th March
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The Mad Monk said:
RizzoTheRat said:
Unlike the bloody Belgians. I go to Mons occasionally for work. In Walloon (French-ish) it's pronounced "Mont", in Flemish (Dutch-ish) it's pronounced "Bergen" confused
I think you will find that it isn't a question of pronouncing the word differently (Bergen).

I think you will find that it is, in fact, a completely different word.

No. There is no need to thank me.
There's a nasty rumour going around that there's at least twenty different ways to spell "Ypres".

Halmyre

6,903 posts

78 months

Thursday 14th March
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deckster said:
Halmyre said:
I'd never heard Reims pronounced, so I always thought of it as Reems. Of course the bloody French pronounce it as 'Rans'.
It's nearly as much fun as listening a Yank asking for directions to Loughborough.
I'd never heard 'Beaulieu' pronounced out loud before I visited; as a 14 year old with a couple of years of French lessons under my belt I assumed it was 'Boh-lyoo" paperbag

Old Man Fred

514 posts

28 months

Thursday 14th March
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DannyScene said:
People who don't understand merge in turn and get arsey when you try follow the rules of the road and use all of the lane up to the merge point
Driving home last night a dual carriageway is reduced to one lane for roadworks. A woman in a polo decided she was going to be the police after one car passed her when she was crawling along with about 200 yards to the merge (150 of which were empty in lane 2)

The next car that tried to do this, she actually swerved out just before he reached her and straddled both lanes and was waving her hands at him wildy. She did this up to the merge point (a roundabout) where i lost sight of her. Some people are genuinely dangerous and need their license taken away
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captain_cynic

4,383 posts

34 months

Thursday 14th March
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I Love Cake said:
hehe

I was just trying to point out how daft it is to be pedantic about languages... they are inherently irrational, English doubly so but we all still understand each other.

But to comfort the Gramma nazi's in here:
They're, their, there.

Cliftonite

6,864 posts

77 months

Thursday 14th March
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captain_cynic said:
hehe

I was just trying to point out how daft it is to be pedantic about languages... they are inherently irrational, English doubly so but we all still understand each other.

But to comfort the Gramma nazi's in here:
They're, their, there.
Here, here!

getmecoat


yellowjack

11,366 posts

105 months

Thursday 14th March
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Old Man Fred said:
yellowjack said:
I call then "Grippers". They seem pathologically unable to release their grip on their trolley while selecting items from the display case or shelf, blocking access to other shoppers until they are good and ready. Which usually means "quite a long time".<snip>
The most annoying thing i find is when the grippers are looking at one side of an aisle and their trolley is parallel to the display, then decide they need something from the other side and drag their trolley across at right angles blocking the entire aisle and then are completely oblivious to it
yes

Definitely!

petop

1,582 posts

105 months

Thursday 14th March
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So i admit i live in a well to do area. Small town with few shops but a Costa Coffee. Reason for Costa coming here is for the very thing that annoys me.
So having some spare time on my hands i partake in some so-so latte and toasted sandwich, a bit council i know but tastes palatable.
But this Costa during the day is filled with mothers sans pram(s) who sit there sipping their mocca whatever wondering how to spend all their husbands money. I say this because of my well to do comment and people who work in the bank HQ couple of mile away live in our town hence why Costa set up shop.
But to add to the annoyance was what i saw this morning.
2 cackling wives with kids, around 3 years old but one baby. One of the kids was playing up a bit so for around 15 mins the mother was trying to get Indiana to say sorry. Indiana was having none of it. We know this as everyone in the coffee shop heard it.
The 2nd mother was on one of the comfy chairs changing the baby on the chair. Lovely view of the nappy as i finished off the greasy sandwich.
Now i do not have an issue with baby changing but there are baby changing facilities in Costa you clatty cow!

I think Indiana even now is still contemplating saying sorry!!!!

Edited by petop on Thursday 14th March 12:29

yellowjack

11,366 posts

105 months

Thursday 14th March
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Cliftonite said:
captain_cynic said:
hehe

I was just trying to point out how daft it is to be pedantic about languages... they are inherently irrational, English doubly so but we all still understand each other.

But to comfort the Gramma nazi's in here:
They're, their, there.
Here, here!

getmecoat
Or, for any South Walians reading this...

Ear, year, here...






Current TTAYBR? Mine is my Garmin Forerunner 910xt GPS watch.

There are 4 "bars" indicating remaining battery life when switching it off. Which I, logically, assume means 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. This morning i finished using it for a short run and turned it off. The display then showed one bar remaining. So I assumed that meant "25% or less" power remaining in the battery. So I plugged it into a usb port in the kitchen, and it immediately showed "Charging - 37%".

This annoys me in two ways.

Firstly, that the "bar" system is counter-intuitive in so far as it has far more life left than I think it does.
Secondly, that the watch is capable of displaying an accurate figure for charge status when plugged in to a usb port, but relies on this crude 4-bar guesstimating service when not connected to power. Just why? Why not just give me the % number in the first instance?

I know, for instance, that if I want to go for a 2½ hour bicycle ride, then 37% battery will probably be plenty. But that "25% or less" is probably cutting it a bit fine. Hence (why? wink ) my decision to charge it. Which I almost certainly didn't need to, and so I've used up another charging cycle needlessly, bringing forward the inevitable end of the battery's useful life.

Oh, and the fact that I can no longer upload data from the watch to my pc, because Garmin Express no longer works with Windows Vista. Despite the fact that I've installed an old version of Garmin Express which worked just fine with Vista for almost a year after they stopped updating it for Vista. It's a full tinfoil bodysuit conspiracy to make me update my OS, I tell thee...

First world problems, I know, but still... irked

yellowjack

11,366 posts

105 months

Thursday 14th March
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petop said:
So i admit i live in a well to do area. Small town with few shops but a Costa Coffee. Reason for Costa coming here is for the very thing that annoys me.
So having some spare time on my hands i partake in some so-so latte and toasted sandwich, a bit council i know but tastes palatable.
But this Costa during the day is filled with mothers sans pram(s) who sit there sipping their mocca whatever wondering how to spend all their husbands money. I say this because of my well to do comment and people who work in the bank HQ couple of mile away live in our town hence why Costa set up shop.
But to add to the annoyance was what i saw this morning.
2 cackling wives with kids, around 3 years old but one baby. One of the kids was playing up a bit so for around 15 mins the mother was trying to get Indiana to say sorry. Indiana was having none of it. We know this as everyone in the coffee shop heard it.
The 2nd mother was on one of the comfy chairs changing the baby on the chair. Lovely view of the nappy as i finished off the greasy sandwich.
Now i do not have an issue with baby changing but there are baby changing facilities in Costa you clatty cow!

I think Indiana even now is still contemplating saying sorry!!!!
Hmmm? "petop"? Suggests West Moors, so presume it's the Ferndown Costa, and the bank HQ is JP Morgan in Bournemouth?

I'm planning to move very close to JP Morgan if all goes to plan over the next few days/weeks. I'm hoping that I'm not making a huge mistake now, reading your description...

wink

theplayingmantis

1,773 posts

21 months

Thursday 14th March
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people who take an age to exit a lift. waiting ages for it to arrive at work and then its a case of 'after you Claude' for the 3 people waiting to get out. really boils my pee for some reason! probably because the lift call system is so crap and nonsensical in my office.

ElectricSoup

5,073 posts

90 months

Thursday 14th March
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Jackets with really thin linings which constantly get caught in the fking zip, which then refuse to budge upwards or downwards without applying the strength of Samson before his trip to the salon. My current one does it on the main zip and the 2 outside pockets, which I use constantly.

Yes yes, I know. Buy a new fking jacket. I'd like to be able to road test one for a week to see if the problem appears though.

Frank7

2,447 posts

26 months

Thursday 14th March
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DannyScene said:
People who don't understand merge in turn and get arsey when you try follow the rules of the road and use all of the lane up to the merge point
Oh, you mean virtually every dumb British driver ever.
They used to run a Public Information commercial on German TV to show drivers the best course of action in a merge scenario, it portrayed a zip, but each fastener part of the zip was a car.
As the zip was pulled up, the cars fell into place alternately, simple really.

DannyScene

5,191 posts

94 months

Thursday 14th March
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Frank7 said:
DannyScene said:
People who don't understand merge in turn and get arsey when you try follow the rules of the road and use all of the lane up to the merge point
Oh, you mean virtually every dumb British driver ever.
They used to run a Public Information commercial on German TV to show drivers the best course of action in a merge scenario, it portrayed a zip, but each fastener part of the zip was a car.
As the zip was pulled up, the cars fell into place alternately, simple really.
They should start including that in our driving lessons!

popeyewhite

8,870 posts

59 months

Thursday 14th March
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DannyScene said:
Frank7 said:
DannyScene said:
People who don't understand merge in turn and get arsey when you try follow the rules of the road and use all of the lane up to the merge point
Oh, you mean virtually every dumb British driver ever.
They used to run a Public Information commercial on German TV to show drivers the best course of action in a merge scenario, it portrayed a zip, but each fastener part of the zip was a car.
As the zip was pulled up, the cars fell into place alternately, simple really.
They should start including that in our driving lessons!
It's group behaviour and unless you want a more ordered and less quirky society like Germany then it will stay that way. It's simple conflict avoidance.

Clockwork Cupcake

59,054 posts

211 months

Thursday 14th March
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Frank7 said:
Oh, you mean virtually every dumb British driver ever.
You mean every driver who hasn't read The Highway Code recently, and isn't aware that Merge in Turn has been added to The Highway Code?

It's a relatively recent addition. And by that I mean it has been added since many people passed their test.

I agree that people would benefit from Public Information Films though and there should be a greater awareness.

Certainly in situations where there are signs clearly saying "Merge in turn" then people are far more likely to merge in turn. Us "dumb Brits" are almost as good at obeying signs as ze Germans.

I do wonder why you spend so much time on a British website when you hold Brits in such contempt, Frank. You do it a lot.


yellowjack

11,366 posts

105 months

Thursday 14th March
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Frank7 said:
DannyScene said:
People who don't understand merge in turn and get arsey when you try follow the rules of the road and use all of the lane up to the merge point
Oh, you mean virtually every dumb British driver ever.
They used to run a Public Information commercial on German TV to show drivers the best course of action in a merge scenario, it portrayed a zip, but each fastener part of the zip was a car.
As the zip was pulled up, the cars fell into place alternately, simple really.
It's VERY simple. But it relies on drivers slowing down and opening up the space between them and the car in front to allow cars in the closing lane to merge.

Sadly, the reality is everyone pushing forward and bunching up, often to deliberately remove spaces between vehicles.

My simple 'rule of thumb' when merging is to cede priority to any car alongside of me which is level with me or in any way further ahead. So if the front bumper of my car is further back than theirs, I'll back off and open enough space for them to get into "my" lane ahead of me. I expect the same consideration from other drivers too, of course, but don't always get it. But there's no point getting into a pushing and shoving match with that type of driver, because some of them (as shown on youtube, etc) are actually mental enough to drive into you deliberately.

The best one I had was on the A303 just before the hill down to Stonehenge. Some loser was behind me blocking a car alongside me. He'd done it to a couple of cars (which were, admittedly, trying to merge too early). So I let the gap ahead creep up in size, buzzed down my window and beckoned the car that was getting blocked to merge in front of me rather than behind. The "blocker" turned purple with rage, but I just smiled and waved.


T'other ones what annoy me are folk behind me raging about me closing right up to the car in front. Not happening! Many reasons, among them being able to move over for blue lights, but usually because I've spotted a filtering cyclist/motorcyclist in my mirrors and I'm creating a space they can take refuge in if they get caught out in the "wrong" lane. Or I'm avoiding blocking a driveway or business entrance.

Sadly, the vast majority of drivers seem either unable, or unwilling, to look beyond the end of their own bonnet. Hence these selfish attitudes/actions we see on the roads with tedious monotony...

RizzoTheRat

17,659 posts

131 months

Thursday 14th March
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fkwits on Amazon. Looking at something where someone has asked what size batteries it requires...2 people have replied to say they don't know rolleyes

Lemming Train

2,122 posts

11 months

Thursday 14th March
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<checks calendar>

Ah, the bi-weekly 'merge in turn' argument.