Things you just don't get

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  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wish. Actually, oddly enough I am wearing the same suit I was wearing for The Incident. Different shirt and tie for good reason.
     
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    I'm a twenty something, but I just like to have a few things available to make dinner without having to schlep to the store every evening.
     
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    Just because I have little memory of that night, but it wasn't my fault, was it?
     
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    The Weather Channel's pimping
     
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    I have to put up with this crap almost daily. My first name is as simple as they come - one syllable and very, very common; yet, people often refer to me by the commonly used nick name, but the nick name is NOT my name. I've never ever introduced myself by that name or signed my name as that name. Also, my last name is often mispronounced - it's only two syllables and is pronounced as it looks. Why do folks get it wrong so often? :facepalm:
     
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    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    I talked to a person just a few days ago whose last name is Meyer. She told me that people constantly mispronounce it! (I'm not sure how common that name is throughout the whole US, but in the midwest it is very common.)

    My first name has a nonstandard spelling, but it's not all that unusual. The people I work with every day often spell it wrong in e-mails to me or in the minutes for meetings. My last name is easy to pronounce, but you cannot guess the pronunciation by looking at it. (In fact, if you tried to guess, you'd probably guess wrong.) I never get upset at people for not knowing right away, but once I tell people, they shouldn't continue to get it wrong.

    I used to organize an academic conference every year, and one of the things I demanded was that we pronounce the speakers' names correctly. I'd constantly have chairs (the people who run the individual sessions) saying things like "I know I'm going to get this wrong, hehehe" and then butchering a person's name. For the love of all that is holy, you can just ask the presenter how his or her name is pronounced. There is no excuse for mispronouncing their names.
     
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    Thomas Senior member

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    So, I see this once in a while and most of the time I bite my tongue.

    Generally speaking, perfumes are a luxury. No one ever died from a lack of perfume / cologne, and the like. And there is a subset of perfume consumers who think nothing of dropping major lucre on the rarest / vintage / newest / etc. They moan when the prices rise, but continue to buy - often much more than they will use in multiple lifetimes (hoarders much?)

    Then someone drops the question of markup. High dudgeon ensues. To paraphrase: "OMG the latest Mona went up to $230 (that's for a 50ml bottle) and I think that's outrageous. How much markup is in these bottles anyway? We're all being fleeced"

    I chuckle at this point, because I know, more or less, how the costs break down for them, and how many layers of markup there typically are. For giggles, I downloaded the Estee Lauder annual reports, among others, just to verify that Estee Lauder is not committing highway robbery. I recently found some old Neiman Marcus annual reports as well, and surprise surprise, NM is raking it in, but again not an unusual net profit for their niche. But these are all verifiable and it only takes a few moments' consideration to understand why they get what they get, and why you're not taking it in the rear when you buy this luxury item.

    And if you Really Really Must Have The New Mona, then why are you bitching about dropping $230. It's either worth it to you, or it's not. Get over it, people.
     
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    JayJay Senior member

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    I'm glad to hear that you insist on getting pronunciations correct. I cringe when people are making an introduction and provide a disclaimer regarding the correct pronunciation of the speaker's name. There's no excuse for this.

    Similarly, don't introduce a person as Bill, if he goes by William. Happened to me once as I was being introduced before a large crowd. For an ever-so-short second I cringed. I hate it when that happens.
     
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    Your name is pretty close to Jason. You have at least two letters in your name in common with Jason.
     
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    That is true. My real name is Jaxen. (My parents thought that was a clever way to spell Jackson, I guess.)
     
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    Liar, we all know it's Jaxoff.
     
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    How can an 11kg dog hog a whole duvet.
     
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    I have the same thought when I look at my wife..

    How can I allow a 60 kilo woman to empty my bank account every month?
     
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    Dogs are liquids, they expand to take up all available space.
     
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    I don't get how expensive car parts are. I mean, if they added up the retail price for parts, even the most modest car would cost millions. Sheesh. I had to replace 1/2 of a tail light housing (part trunk, part fender) and they wanted $500 for that piece of plastic shit.

    Lucky I had the cheaper one, the fender side cost even more... had I needed all 4 housings, it would have been almost $3,000.

    Had to troll eBay and car forums for a month before I found one 2nd hand for $150.
     
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