1. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Not sure if I ever told you the story about the B&B I stayed in Paris the first time.

    We were going over the reviews on TripAdvisor and we came across this one review by an American. He gave it a one because... Wait for it... The TV had only one English channel.

    That tells me all I need to know...
    At least he kept it classy. He could have complained about having too many French people there.

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    01-13-2016 06:46 AM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    At least he kept it classy. He could have complained about having too many French people there.

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    I wouldn't be surprised to find one of those...
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    01-13-2016 06:48 AM
  3. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Last time I checked Clarkson is British, not Australian. The accents are different. I know most Americans can't tell the difference...

    It sounds different from an Aussie.
    My favorite thing has always been when i hear people mispronounce Iran as "I ran". My knee jerk response is always to wonder "I ran for cover? I ran from trouble? I ran for a cause?"

    Now if people think I'm being a whole ***, answer this: why do 'Muricans pronounce things this way:

    Iran: "I ran"
    Iraq: "I rack"
    Italy: Italy (not "I tally")

    Why can they only get it right for the last one and not the first two also? Is it the love of pasta? The fear of the Mafia? Or the fact that Italian culture is so woven into the Murican fabric you'd be a Numbskull to mispronounce Italy?

    Yup, and you wonder when you have the highest state's reading proficiency at graduation being 54% why people globally cannot take you seriously...

    (Drops mic)

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    01-13-2016 07:01 AM
  4. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I wouldn't be surprised to find one of those...
    You mean just like the idiots who go to Egypt and shoot a porno with the pyramids of Giza as a backdrop, or the ***** who went streaking through machu Picchu and got arrested?

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    01-13-2016 07:03 AM
  5. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    You mean just like the idiots who go to Egypt and shoot a porno with the pyramids of Giza as a backdrop, or the ***** who went streaking through machu Picchu and got arrested?

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    I have to be honest and never heard of either of those two... sounds interesting...
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    01-13-2016 07:13 AM
  6. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    My favorite thing has always been when i hear people mispronounce Iran as "I ran". My knee jerk response is always to wonder "I ran for cover? I ran from trouble? I ran for a cause?"

    Now if people think I'm being a whole ***, answer this: why do 'Muricans pronounce things this way:

    Iran: "I ran"
    Iraq: "I rack"
    Italy: Italy (not "I tally")

    Why can they only get it right for the last one and not the first two also? Is it the love of pasta? The fear of the Mafia? Or the fact that Italian culture is so woven into the Murican fabric you'd be a Numbskull to mispronounce Italy?

    Yup, and you wonder when you have the highest state's reading proficiency at graduation being 54% why people globally cannot take you seriously...

    (Drops mic)

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    Most people can't pronounce a lot of Italian food correctly...

    Ask anyone to pronounce bruschetta who isn't Italian or speaks the language.

    I'm still trying to figure out why the h is silent on herb in the US.
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    01-13-2016 07:16 AM
  7. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I have to be honest and never heard of either of those two... sounds interesting...
    Someone also went streaking through one of (i believe) the top Cambodian tourist sites too. I believe in all three cases there were arrests, deportation and fines...and possibly bans from entering the respective countries for periods of time.

    Bing/Google...you'll have a grand read.

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    01-13-2016 07:19 AM
  8. Rose640's Avatar
    My favorite thing has always been when i hear people mispronounce Iran as "I ran". My knee jerk response is always to wonder "I ran for cover? I ran from trouble? I ran for a cause?"

    Now if people think I'm being a whole ***, answer this: why do 'Muricans pronounce things this way:

    Iran: "I ran"
    Iraq: "I rack"
    Italy: Italy (not "I tally")

    Why can they only get it right for the last one and not the first two also? Is it the love of pasta? The fear of the Mafia? Or the fact that Italian culture is so woven into the Murican fabric you'd be a Numbskull to mispronounce Italy?

    Yup, and you wonder when you have the highest state's reading proficiency at graduation being 54% why people globally cannot take you seriously...

    (Drops mic)

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    I always thought that's the way, the rule, you guys pronounce those state names.

    Here in South-eastern Europe we have no problems pronouncing any words in any language. Possibly cause our language is so complicated.
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    01-13-2016 07:28 AM
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    You mean just like the idiots who go to Egypt and shoot a porno with the pyramids of Giza as a backdrop, or the ***** who went streaking through machu Picchu and got arrested?

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    Well that one i'd like to see... the Egyptian one. Lol
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    01-13-2016 07:28 AM
  10. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Morning folks. My satire is in perfect working order...which means I'm all ready to go into work today.

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    01-13-2016 07:49 AM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Well that one i'd like to see... the Egyptian one. Lol
    I guess you can't find any other porn anyplace? I mean, from what i read it was two white folks having sex. Nothing new there.

    But hey, whatever floats your boat...

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    01-13-2016 07:51 AM
  12. Sport Driver's Avatar
    Here in South-eastern Europe we have no problems pronouncing any words in any language. Possibly cause our language is so complicated.
    You sure that's the case? Maybe we pronounce them wrong but we don't know since we all pronounce it like that? ;)
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    01-13-2016 07:52 AM
  13. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I always thought that's the way, the rule, you guys pronounce those state names.

    Here in South-eastern Europe we have no problems pronouncing any words in any language. Possibly cause our language is so complicated.
    I tried to learn Finnish. Though it's a phonetic language, usage is a whole other ball game... The Finns do have some difficulty with other languages if they haven't been taught them simply because they have issues with the other languages not being phonetic and don't understand why that is. :P Then of course there's that thing about Finns being embarrassed about speaking incorrectly, mostly the instructor's fault for implying there's an issue with that.
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    01-13-2016 07:54 AM
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    Most people can't pronounce a lot of Italian food correctly...

    Ask anyone to pronounce bruschetta who isn't Italian or speaks the language.

    I'm still trying to figure out why the h is silent on herb in the US.
    There a lot of stuff in "American English" many 'Muricans cannot pronounce, and yet some of those folks are ready to rip kufis, hijabs and tubans off people's heads.

    Damn honkeys...

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    01-13-2016 07:54 AM
  15. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I tried to learn Finnish. Though it's a phonetic language, usage is a whole other ball game... The Finns do have some difficulty with other languages if they haven't been taught them simply because they have issues with the other languages not being phonetic and don't understand why that is. :P Then of course there's that thing about Finns being embarrassed about speaking incorrectly, mostly the instructor's fault for implying there's an issue with that.
    Had an old penpal the old school way from Finland who shared this stuff with me also. Some of the languages on this earth are hard to learn...

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    01-13-2016 08:00 AM
  16. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    You know, working folks dream of money... hitting the lotto.

    I never play, because Uncle Sam always wins. And depending on how poor you are, everything changes - not for the better in some cases.

    "More money, more problems indeed..."

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    01-13-2016 08:05 AM
  17. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Well, the 8X is officially dead. What a sad day. I know dirt has been thrown on the M8, but I'm sorry to see the 8X go...

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    01-13-2016 08:18 AM
  18. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Well, the 8X is officially dead. What a sad day. I know dirt has been thrown on the M8, but I'm sorry to see the 8X go...

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    It's the Nokia/MS effect.... impression is if it's not a Lumia it's not a WP...
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    01-13-2016 08:42 AM
  19. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    You know, working folks dream of money... hitting the lotto.

    I never play, because Uncle Sam always wins. And depending on how poor you are, everything changes - not for the better in some cases.

    "More money, more problems indeed..."

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    Money doesn't solve all your problems but it can help, if you're smart about it.
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    01-13-2016 08:42 AM
  20. worldspy99's Avatar
    Morning folks. My satire is in perfect working order...which means I'm all ready to go into work today.

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    Let's see how well it stacks up against the ineptitude of NJ Transit and the boorishness of your magnificent supervisor!

    Oh and good morning to you as well.
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    01-13-2016 09:54 AM
  21. worldspy99's Avatar
    You sure that's the case? Maybe we pronounce them wrong but we don't know since we all pronounce it like that? ;)
    English has the most exceptions as rules. Other languages focus on the letter as a sound. So less of an issue compared to English.
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    01-13-2016 09:56 AM
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    There a lot of stuff in "American English" many 'Muricans cannot pronounce, and yet some of those folks are ready to rip kufis, hijabs and tubans off people's heads.

    Damn honkeys...

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    My lab mate laughed at one of my pronunciations 20 years ago. I had just arrived in USA and wasn't yet familiar with Murican yet. We were both getting our Masters degree and had taken the GRE and the difference in our English section scores was over 400 points. The guy had grown up here and only knew one language and yet his score was less than 50% of the maximum possible. He could pronounce that one word better than I could, didn't mean he knew the language that well, which also happened to be his mother tongue.... SMH.
    01-13-2016 10:01 AM
  23. worldspy99's Avatar
    Had an old penpal the old school way from Finland who shared this stuff with me also. Some of the languages on this earth are hard to learn...

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    Mandarin, Arabic and Russian from what I hear are quite difficult to learn.
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    01-13-2016 10:02 AM
  24. worldspy99's Avatar
    Well, the 8X is officially dead. What a sad day. I know dirt has been thrown on the M8, but I'm sorry to see the 8X go...

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    Yup that was an interesting announcement yesterday. I was thinking of getting one for an audio player in the car.
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    01-13-2016 10:03 AM
  25. worldspy99's Avatar
    You know, working folks dream of money... hitting the lotto.

    I never play, because Uncle Sam always wins. And depending on how poor you are, everything changes - not for the better in some cases.

    "More money, more problems indeed..."

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    So many stories of folks winning the lottery and then going bankrupt. Although this time around you would have to be inferior to a doorknob to flush away a billion dollars down the tube.
    01-13-2016 10:05 AM
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