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Rant Thread - What really grinds your gears?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Phases, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. atljatl

    atljatl Android Enthusiast

    It's ridiculous when people get judged for using a particular language/dialect/pidgin/etc..
    And then go off and judge the language of those who were judging them. It's idiotic and illogical.

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  2. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    I used to know Esperanto. I'd give that a go. Confused quite a few people.
  3. atljatl

    atljatl Android Enthusiast

    I wish I could forget esperanto. I envy you. I had very cruel parents.
  4. sherri

    sherri Android Expert

    As a teacher, I can assure you the sentence "Where you be at?" is not proper. I wouldn't tolerate it in class, and no, Ebonics is NOT a dialect. There is no country that speaks that language. I thought it was moronic that CA was trying to have it added as a language, and wanted it taught.
  5. atljatl

    atljatl Android Enthusiast

    Lol... The angles saxons and jutes really disagree with your perspective of language... as a teacher.... Oh.. And do some research about ebonics. No school system or politician ever espoused teaching it. They wanted it recognized (by linguists and the federal govt.) as a codified language for the purposes of acquiring federal ESL funding. Are you an art teacher by chance?
  6. atljatl

    atljatl Android Enthusiast

    Did I mention prescriptive language proponents grind my gears?
  7. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    ...and it's China. :rolleyes:

    A teacher friend of mine has a South African passport, she was born in Durban. She is white, has blonde hair and speaks English with no detectable SA accent. She as a master's degree. You'd think she was from Oxford or something. Spent much of her life in London. However the difficulty she's had in finding a good teaching position here. Sends off her resume/CV and a picture of her SA passport, many of the schools just don't want to know, sometimes they don't even bother replying. She's also had difficulty in getting a long term work visa as well, could be that's political though. Maybe Beijing doesn't like Pretoria or something?

    I know a couple of Australian and NZ teachers that have have difficulty in finding good positions, usual reason given is that students can't understand their dialects.
  8. sherri

    sherri Android Expert

    No, BA in Child Psychology and Masters in N-6 with specialties in math and special ed. So....is it better to recognize Ebonics ("Where you be at? I is waiting for you...") as a codified language and teach it to people born and raised here as a second language? I taught ESL to children from Uzbekistan back in 1990. They were brought here by an Orthodox Jewish foundation. They needed English as a second language. Not someone who is born and raised here, taught in our public school system from the age of 5 (or if your school has an early childhood program, age 3!) by teachers who are usually required to have a Masters Degree.

    The children (and their parents) that I have met who decry Ebonics as their native language are just wrong. Ebonics is not native anywhere on Long Island. Or Jamaica, Queens. Or Harlem. Or even the Bronx! Do not come to me from there and say you need special services (as ESL is) because you only learned Ebonics at home. You parents are from Jamaica, Queens, not the Country. They were taught English as a first language. It should be taught to child as well. Federal Funding to teach your native language because you say it is foreign? Get a grip.

    I know plenty of children taught their parents native language at home. Parents may not even speak a word of English (another thing that really grinds my gears....). However, once these children enter school, most learn the language naturally, as it is taught. Most do not need ESL, but it is available for those that do, for a period of time. Many kids are bilingual. Find me a country where Ebonics is the native language. Then we can add it to the list of recognized languages that federal funding provides ESL for......
  9. atljatl

    atljatl Android Enthusiast

    Again.... Go research the term 'ebonics. '
    You'll find you just wrote a bunch of nonsense. No one ever wanted to teach it.
  10. Member243850

    Member243850 Guest


    I like couldn't agree with this any more dude :)

    Well well well said!

    Many people think South Africans sound ******ed but what they don't know and in reality is for such a small county we live in... we invented the CAT Scan...

    South African inventions - SouthAfrica.info

    The Dolosse for protecting harbors also used all over the world was made in Durban where I was born... Die RooiValk (The Red Falcon / Kestrel) which was a really impressive attack helicopter that the basic design was copied all over the world because it was so successful and brilliant and out of the shell.

    Denel AH-2 Rooivalk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    We were the first country in the whole world to perform the first human to human heart transplant right in Groote Schuur Hospital by Christiaan Barnard right here in Cape Town.

    Christiaan Barnard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    What also grinds my gears is when stupid people think South Africa is filled to the brim with stupid racists and fools and only remember us as a racist country when we are soooo freaking much more than that!!!!

    They think we are all scum but that is just not true!!!!

    Makes my blood boil.

    Anyway don't want to start World War 3 or turn this into a political thread just wanted to show why I am sooooo damn angry at times... makes me kuk angry.

    They can all go to hell!!!

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  11. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    I'm just wondering if it's not so much accent, but whatever other languages have been adopted into your English. Some must use quite a few Boer words that have made their way in -

    New Zealand probably has Maori, Australia something else.

    Even here, those living in Hawaii might lace speech with Hawaiian words.

    We have a lot of Spanish here (which do get mispronounced, badly) which mean nothing to someone from New England.

    America and Australia were once penal colonies, and a lot of the basics survived from that time. Lack of communication fostered the differences.
  12. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Keep getting notices that I haven't posted. They are in the spam box, but that's not the point.

    FB needs to realize that some Android developers have their customer service on FB, and that's the only reason for me to even have an account. I am not posting anything social, don't want anyone else's social posts. I'm not interested.

    I still say FB needs an "Eff off" button.
  13. atljatl

    atljatl Android Enthusiast

    Georgia was a penal colony.... North and South America were not penal colonies. Smh. I'm out. Yall have fun.
  14. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    North and South Carolina also accepted Indentured Servants.
  15. Keithwg24

    Keithwg24 Newbie

    Ha, great idea for a thread

    my absolute biggest pet peeve and it friggin infuriates me is something that I think only goes on here in Tennessee.

    People will be coming up to an intersection and they realize they have missed their turn, instead of doing what all effing normal people do and going to the next stop and turning around... they will literally STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAMN ROAD until their "lane" is clear and they can turn left/right into it. No kidding, they will dead stop in the road.

    How in the hell there aren't as many accidents as there should be is pure, dumb luck.
  16. atljatl

    atljatl Android Enthusiast

    I hate that one too! We have that here in Atlanta too!
  17. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Here, too. It's my RIGHT to make a left turn regardless of what.

    I use the 2 rights make a left.
  18. netlinkz

    netlinkz Well-Known Member

    You know what grinds my geas? Me! That's right i said it! Me! It grinds my geas that i can't neva get me a damn quality good phone and that im stuck with metro piece of shit( hello hello hello!)cause of my horrible credit! Damn!!!! Anyways, this is what grinds my geas.....
  19. atljatl

    atljatl Android Enthusiast

    Your gears wouldn't be so ground if you used a donor phone to put a decent phone onto mpcs.
  20. sanibel

    sanibel Android Enthusiast

    I broke my nail.
  21. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

  22. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

  23. TTGSteve

    TTGSteve Newbie

    Wireless signals that are effected by microwaves. :/
  24. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Facebook's behavior.

    Facebook ads and comments largely useless - Poll reveals users don

    How Facebook tries (and lies) a little too hard | Technically Incorrect - CNET News

    Starting to see more articles and blogs like this turning up. So it ain't just me.

    I've used a throwaway addy for FB, and listed all messages from FB as spam.

    Now Google + is starting up. Big notice on Play to sign up for +. Hides the link to account.
    If Google makes that a rule, I'll get even.

    I have plenty of copies of Greeked text from Pagemaker. I'll post that. Trouble is, some damn fool would probably "like" it!

    The usual post on Twitter is a photo. The last one was a huge bullfrog, simply labled Jeremiah. That's all I ever post anyway.
  25. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    People / companies who push supplements to excess and ridiculous "diets" like GOMAD (Gallon of Milk a Day) to people who are "hard gainers".

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