(Closed) Remember The "How-Don't-You-Know-About-Apartheid" Post?

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Post # 78
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2780 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Mimoza:  Because everyone,  everywhere knows where all food originates. 

Post # 79
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@drummerbride:  It’s funny because she knew exactly that the word zucchini was in fact italian. She realized right after she asked the question how silly it was and laughed along with us. Relax. A worldly person like her does know where it comes from; no one put a stake through her heart – it was mostly silly of her to say that, not ignorant. 

Post # 80
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I remember watching someone on some reality TV show years ago saying they’d never been overseas to places like Europe and Canada. Ummmmm… how does an American not know that we share a border?

Post # 81
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I worked as a secretary/office admin in a medical office through high school and undergrad, they basically only hired people who knew important people. So they hired a girl around my age at the time who was one of the other doctor’s in the buildings neices For the summer. She was apparently a computer science major at the local community college but wanted to be a dentist. Aside from never dressing appropriately for an office, not knowing the alphabet and hanging up a ronging phone because “it was annoying” her… She was trying to do soething on the computer and asked me where the letter L was on the keyboard…. *rolls eyes*

Post # 82
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Pinkmoon:  Hah. Didn’t Paul Ryan say something similar once?

EDIT: Found it! and Here

Post # 83
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@badabing88:  a co worker (now SIL) once told me she didnt know where popcorn came from… Gotta love her. She is acutally very intelligent. We all have our moments, I guess lol.

 

Post # 84
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@alotlikelove:  i know that a lot of high schools are teaching “to the test”, at least where i’m from (massachusetts). in order to graduate high school in MA, you have to pass the MCAS test. it’s a stupid standardized test that you take like, 6 times throughout your school career, starting in 2nd grade i think. it’s absurd. teachers aren’t allowed to teach certain things anymore. i’ve got a nephew who’ll be a senior in high school next year. i asked if he’d learned things that i learned in my sophomore/junior years. he told me “no, did you?” i was horrified.

/rant over.

Post # 85
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Bee Keeper

“Fukushima? Oh yeah… is that still going on?”

“I don’t worry about radiological contamination. I get more radiation from my cell phone… what do you mean that’s not the same kinda radiation? Ionizing-whu??”

 

Post # 86
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

A co-worker who says she used to be an English teacher in high school says things like “Warshington” instead of Washington.  I can’t stand her anyway and have to bite my tongue when she uses improper English because what I would like to say is “Apparently they fired you because your grammar sucks.”

She will also say things like “I seen”.  UGH drives me freaking nuts.  Oh I’ll also get emails from her with things like “they’re” instead of “their”.  I would love to ask her how she became an English Teacher.

Post # 87
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Helper bee

Along the grammar lines – “On accident”. What?! 

Also, “could care less” – so it is possible for you to care less about this than you do? 

I suspect these are both American turns of phrase, as I’ve  only ever seen them online. 

Post # 88
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When I was a waitress the restaurant I worked it would tuthe off most of the lights for earth hour every year. We were suppose to tell customers that we’d be participating so they’d know what was going on when the lights went off. one time I had a trainee with me so I explained it to her, saying the lights would be off for earth hour starting at 8pm. And she looked and me and said “earth hour….how long is it for?”

recently I what’d mentioned that my husband was from Ireland and someone asked me if he spoke/knew English. I thought they were kidding. But they actually thought English wasn’t spoken in Ireland. 

Post # 89
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@almostmrsj:  Ack! I have a couple of coworkers that always say, “I already send her that email!” 

 

IT’S SENT!!! AAAAARRRRRRGH

Post # 90
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@NurseMandie:  OMG – YES!  “I seen.”  NO!  YOU SAW IT. 

@PoppyRose:  “I could care less” is a lazy American way of saying “I couldn’t care less.”  As in “I could care less if the rest of the world thinks I’m too dumb and lazy to finish words like couldn’t so they can understand what I’m trying to convey.”

I had a “discussion” with my husband this morning about using proper grammar.  He accused me of being a snob because I correct his grammar and use correct grammar when I speak.  I told him he just looks like an idiot when he purposely uses incorrect grammar, and I’d rather not look like an idot when I can easily avoid it.  Using my education for something as simple as constructing a sentence properly is not snobbery. Realizing that English is not his first language I don’t always correct him, only when he’s being obtuse and doing it on purpose because “English is a stupid language.”  Well yes, it is, but that’s the way you say it – so say it right.

Post # 91
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I have a co-worker who says “it’s” instead of “there’s”. Like “it’s not gonna be anyone here tomorrow”. Or “its  too many cars outside”.

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