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Old 10-31-2005, 02:25 PM   #521
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Uh, huh... I think you're right Anguirel. They always pick on little old me... it's just not fair... my excuse is that I'm a scientist... we use maths to do most things and most mathematicians can't spell!

I think that house mates who won't play LotR Trivial Pursuit with you just because they know you'll win should be sent to Mordor... although maybe only for a short time, and maybe Little Man Poet can help them to get out quickly... but it was an expensive game and it's no fun in the box... mean people!
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Old 10-31-2005, 02:35 PM   #522
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I consign to Mordor people who misuse the wor[d] assign.

*Fordim ducks flurry of heavy, pointed, objects *
I assign Fordim Hedgethistle to Mordor. So come and play at the rpg. Hmmmm...... I thought I got the "assign" word from Tolkien. ? ...

Just in case some of you are a mite bit intimidated by what seemed to be my elitist "you can't all play" post earlier on this thread, there's room for at least 4 more, and maybe 5 more players. I'll make it simple what you need to do:

1) make a list of the things you've assigned (consigned if you must) to Mordor.
2) make a list of the ways you've been assigned to Mordor.
3) create a character according to the Shire rpg rules, found in The Red Book of Westmarch .
4) make a first post according to the Shire rpg rules, based on my first post on the Assigned to Mordor planning thread.
5) PM the two lists, the character description, and first post, to littlemanpoet.

6) If you've never posted at the Green Dragon, you need to do that too, and will need to make a character to present there too.

So give it a shot. There's still room.
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Old 10-31-2005, 03:51 PM   #523
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I assign rubbish English trick or treaters to Mordor. I normally just ignore it all because frankly I don't want to hand all my loose change over to some kids who have made no more effort than to wear a mask from Poundland.

About an hour ago some 12 year olds just smashed off my front door bell (ironically as my TV, on nuclear volume, had just played the first scene of the Wookies roaring in Revenge of the Sith) and I chased after them in the car and shouted at them. davem says you could hear me shouting from right up the street. Maybe next year I will wear my cloak and get the staff and sword out and really scare them.

EDIT Don't I sound just like Victor Meldrew?
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Old 10-31-2005, 04:45 PM   #524
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School.

That's probably already been assigned, somewhere, so I'll be a little more specific...

Teachers (that is, my English teacher) who assign huge projects and then don't let you know all the requirements, or change the requirements about three different times between the day the project is assigned and the due date - one of those times being on the due date. Doubly assigned to Mordor when they are excessively unhelpful and unreasonable when they know you've been having a lot of trouble with a part of the project. Triply assigned when the grading is absurdly hard (speaking objectively, here. Not even kidding), and the smallest errors merit monstrous deductions.

All homework, especially when all your teachers assign it on the same day. Especially when it's on the same day as when you have to be finishing (or revising... see above) projects.

Heavy backbacks (see above).

Memory lapses - in other words, forgetting material you need to study in your locker over the weekend.

Group projects - especially big ones.

The "no graphing calculator" rule in my math class. I don't even know how to use most of the capabilities! It's just a more comfortable calculator to use!

My art teacher, for being discriminant and having a very unyielding opinion of what art should be. Hasn't affected me so much, but there are definitely people in my class who should be getting higher grades...

I am not happy with school right now. At all.
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Old 10-31-2005, 04:54 PM   #525
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No school would be fantastic but it's my own fault I'm going to be in serious amounts of trouble tomorrow with various different teachers. So I will assign procrastination. I have had a week to do, oh, 6 pieces of homework and I have done only the two I knew would take 5 minutes. So, you might be thinking, there's still today, and what am I doing? Anything but.

The moral of this story, anyone who is not yet in 6th form but is planning to go - do not use me as a role model, unless you are very very good at lying to teachers (fortunately I am!).
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I consign to Mordor people who misuse the work assign.
I consign people who misuse the word work.
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assign: (1) to transfer (property) to another esp. in trust or for the benefit of creditors (2) a to appoint to a post or duty b prescribe (3) to fix authoritatively : specify (assign a limit) (4) to ascribe with assurance esp. as motive or reason.

consign: (1) to give over to another's care (2) to give, transfer, or deliver into the hands or control of another; also, to assign as a destination or end (3) to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold.

I assign, and consign and co-sign and ensign and shmensign and when sin and then some, people who use dictionaries as if English is a dead language. This is settled. Both words work. I said so, it's my thread. nya nya nya.
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Old 11-02-2005, 08:06 AM   #528
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I consign people who misuse the word work.
Fair 'nuf.

Hate to be the one to tell you lmp but English is a dead language: in England it's ossified, in America it's been replaced with something they call English but is really a tortured and brutalised version of the orginal, in Canada it's ignored, in Australia, New Zealand and India it's a museum piece of colonization.

Just about the only place in the world where English has any hold on life is in the West Indies where it's been joined with other languages and become an incredible and wonderful creole in which all rules are broken for the sake of aesthetic pleasure of words...

So I suppose I would conassign to Mordor anyone who thinks that it's incorrect to make up a new word!
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Hate to be the one to tell you lmp but English is a dead language: in England it's ossified, in America it's been replaced with something they call English but is really a tortured and brutalised version of the orginal, in Canada it's ignored, in Australia, New Zealand and India it's a museum piece of colonization.
I did notice that in England the language is still very latinized compared to in the U.S. However, what you call tortured and brutalized betrays certain biases against culture groups that don't deserve it, such as Native, and African American. And if you are indeed a proponent of word creation within the English language, I don't know how you can square that with the contention that English is a dead language. It don't make sense! (and if you presume to correct the grammar of that last sentence, it figures, considering that you agitate for English being dead.)
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I did notice that in England the language is still very latinized compared to in the U.S. However, what you call tortured and brutalized betrays certain biases against culture groups that don't deserve it, such as Native, and African American. And if you are indeed a proponent of word creation within the English language, I don't know how you can square that with the contention that English is a dead language. It don't make sense! (and if you presume to correct the grammar of that last sentence, it figures, considering that you agitate for English being dead.)
Au contraire the poet who is little, the destruction of English in the US is not being carried forward by Black American, Latinos or any of the other "minority" groups there -- it is being perpetrated by the oligarchs who run that benighted land. Two examples shall suffice:

1) The tendency to talk about people and human relations in corporate terms -- people "self-actualising" or groups "negotiating their position" relative to each other; "prioritizing" your life and taking your children out to their "play-group" for some "directed quality time", etc...

2) The insistence by government on making up simple terms with which to encapsulate complex ideas and issues: "weapons of mass destruction" (the bad things other people have, unlike the biological/chemical/nuclear arsenal we have); "insurgents" (not rebels); "homeland security"; "the war on terror"; "the war on drugs"; and on and on and on....

It would be so refreshing, and more than a little honest, to see President Bush stand up in front of the microphone and declare, "Me and my dogs is gonna pop a cap up the *** of any ******-****** who comes rock our crib! Gonna air out their *** with some kick-*** hardware, y'hear!"

Oh...to get back on topic:

I conassign to Mordor anyone who uses more than two acronyms in the same sentence.
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Because I'm Fea and that means that I can do anything, I'm going to remove my beloved Americanized English from Mordor and pack it in bubble paper to be Fed-Ex'ed at first chance to the Shire. Though I feel that I must leave the phrase "bust a cap" in the Dark Land... it's just too funny not to incorporate into AtM.
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I would like to see the following annoyances and perturbances Sent to Mordor:

The gunk left in the sink when you're done washing dishes.

The gunk that you find in the sink while you're washing dishes.

The gunk people leave on their plates when it's your turn to do the dishes.

When you're washing dishes and you have to leave off suddenly, and the nasty cold water drips down your elbows.

The job of dishes in general.

Plain potato chips. I can't live without my flavas.

The "ghetto" or "gangsta" look. Sorry, but it's just silly looking...

Mike's costume this year. C'mon man, you weren't even trying!

Stalling a standard car in the middle of an intersection...yeah, embarassing.

And waiting rooms (or lack therof) inside car repair shops.
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Hate to be the one to tell you lmp but English is a dead language: in England it's ossified,
Maybe ye olde British Daily Mail reader would argue with that. The new developments in our language as demonstrated in the OED Language Report are usually held up as some kind of example of the decline of the UK, just one more step to having us all happyslapped in our beds by chavs and pikeys.

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1) The tendency to talk about people and human relations in corporate terms -- people "self-actualising" or groups "negotiating their position" relative to each other; "prioritizing" your life and taking your children out to their "play-group" for some "directed quality time", etc...

2) The insistence by government on making up simple terms with which to encapsulate complex ideas and issues: "weapons of mass destruction" (the bad things other people have, unlike the biological/chemical/nuclear arsenal we have); "insurgents" (not rebels); "homeland security"; "the war on terror"; "the war on drugs"; and on and on and on....
But this kind of 'language' is dreamed up by committees of middle class, frustrated graduates who found that their dreams of being the next editor of the Observer were all to end in civil servitude. It is then perpetuated by their underlings who are too afraid to challenge the notion that they are no longer a person, nor even personnel, but simply, and sadly, a 'resource', like a ream of paper or perhaps a box of buff envelopes.
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But this kind of 'language' is dreamed up by committees of middle class, frustrated graduates who found that their dreams of being the next editor of the Observer were all to end in civil servitude. It is then perpetuated by their underlings who are too afraid to challenge the notion that they are no longer a person, nor even personnel, but simply, and sadly, a 'resource', like a ream of paper or perhaps a box of buff envelopes.
Hey Mithalwen, is this true....?
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Au contraire the poet who is little, the destruction of English in the US is not being carried forward by Black American, Latinos or any of the other "minority" groups there -- it is being perpetrated by the oligarchs who run that benighted land. Two examples shall suffice:

1) The tendency to talk about people and human relations in corporate terms -- people "self-actualising" or groups "negotiating their position" relative to each other; "prioritizing" your life and taking your children out to their "play-group" for some "directed quality time", etc...

2) The insistence by government on making up simple terms with which to encapsulate complex ideas and issues: "weapons of mass destruction" (the bad things other people have, unlike the biological/chemical/nuclear arsenal we have); "insurgents" (not rebels); "homeland security"; "the war on terror"; "the war on drugs"; and on and on and on....

It would be so refreshing, and more than a little honest, to see President Bush stand up in front of the microphone and declare, "Me and my dogs is gonna pop a cap up the *** of any ******-****** who comes rock our crib! Gonna air out their *** with some kick-*** hardware, y'hear!"

Oh...to get back on topic:

I conassign to Mordor anyone who uses more than two acronyms in the same sentence.
Ah! So you're talking about political-ese. I quite agree. Euphemism to sell something hard to stomach. Lor' please bring back the rhetoric of a Winston Churchill (we shall stand on the beaches, in the cities, etc.) or at least a Roosevelt (nothing to fear but fear itself), or at the very least a Reagan (make my day).

But don't blame all Americans for this guy in the White House who doesn't know how to talk!

Edit: And I hereby conassign the above italicized terms and what they mean to Mordor.
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Hey Mithalwen, is this true....?

Which bit?

I hate the term Human resources certainly. At least "Personnel" emphasised the person. Human resources make me think of that Dilbert cartoon which says that "we were wrong all the time we said that our employees were our most important resource... paperclips are our most important resource. .."

I suppose to quote the title of one of those books I should have read for my degree "Language change - process or decay?". I would lean to the decay side. I find soundbite politics depressing. I have sat in at a meeting this week contucted almost entirely in cliche. Can someone explain what an "iterative" (?) process is? On second thoughts, please don't. Meanwhile, I received an e-mail from someone who said "I have got round the problem by frigging my sheet". Either that has homophonous/polysemic aspects of which I was previously unaware or it was random information that caused me to choke on the completely foul coffee.

I would admit to being part of the decline. I have been fascinated by language as long as I can remember. I have a couple of degrees in English and yet, I have wobbly spelling and a fairly hazy grasp of the finer points of punctuation. My writing style is generally stream of consciousness.

Even bearing this in mind, I am shocked by the level of literacy and knowledge displayed by many youngsters who are clearly intelligent (not the ones I meet on the downs) and occasionally by the inability of people earning about four times what I do to write a coherent letter.

Language is the thing that distinguishes us as a species. It is a powerful force for political control. Synchronic and diachronic linguistics mirror the history of the world.

I live in a society where, to speak english correctly opens you up to ridicule, where we are governed by a man who, despite a privileged education, cannot articulate the word "government", where the education system has been debased and tinkered with ..... Soon English will be preserved by highly literate foreigners while the natives regress to communicate in grunts.

Yet there are a few bright spots - maybe all is not lost when cockney slang can contrive "Listerine" mean anti-american. There are some glorious neologisms like "chuddies". Otherwise, I might join with my old lecturer's campaign to revive what he termed "perfectly good words that have fallen out of use". I am possibly a hopeless case, having had an upbringing in the " A lounge is something they have in hotels, darling" mould and consequently a rather miserable time at the rather rough comprehensive school I attended. I learnt too late the need to be bilingual in myown language....

Ah well..... what was the question...?
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Speaking of language, I'd like to send the english-latin mumbojumbo I have to read every day to Mordor. Words like Oligodendrogliocyt, adrenocorticotropic hormone, schlerenchyma, morphogenesis or phytoremediation... Does that sound sane to you?

And to all of you english speaking persons sending grammar or spelling to this and that dark place, think of us non-native english speakers. We've got to learn at least two languages to manage in this world: our own and yours. Not that I try to imply that you have an easy time in school or that we are so much brighter than you (that's up to each and everybody to decide ). I guess I'm just looking for some sympathy . I don't want to send learning english to the Land of Shadows, but I agree in sending spelling, english or whatever language, and grammar to Mordor.

Not much of a consistent or coherent post this, is it? Halfway I started to wonder what it was I thought of in the beginning
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well, i send irregular verbs in whatever language (if they're not there already) to mordor. what good is grammar (rules!) if you can disregard them sometimes!
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For ATM rpg and for the hey of it:

Here's an alphabetical list of what was assigned to Mordor on the first 5 pages of this thread. Enjoy the review, or skip it if you prefer.

alarm clocks
algebra
American spelling
apostrophe mis-users
ATMs
authors of 'bad-ism' allegories
bad weather
'Big Brother' television
black licorice
boredom
British spelling
British television miniseries
British transportation system
Britney Spears
budget cuts
busy-work
CAPs lockers
'Caucasian' used to categorize or describe white people
celebrity magazines
cell phones
chapped lips
'chavs'
chewing gum spat out, covering pavement
cigarettes
cigarette smokers
cold viruses
comic sans font
computer viruses
conjunctivitis
corsets
country music
dangling prepositions
deadlines
diamonds
drivers who ignore pedestrians
empty tubes of chap stick
dentists
depression
dirty dishes
Disney
dog clothes
dogs that can't be housebroken
door to door sales people
double negatives
early classes
emergency rooms
English
fan fiction
final exams
fish
flash software
flat tires
food poisoning
frat parties
frog ring tones
fume and stench
furry animals
geometry
German
getting up early
government trying to improve people
ground spitters
guys who think pretty girls are always dumb
'have got'
heavy traffic
hot weather
i.b. exam (?)
ignorant fools
inability to turn down food dares
inconsiderate customers
incorrect written use of your and you're
incorrect written use of its and it's
intolerant people
Jamesian English speakers
know nothing nurses
lack of published Quenya
lawn mowing
lemmings
liability paranoids
library freeloaders
lima beans
long road trips
Mary Sues
math
men who proposition random girls
mice
mobile phones
'my bad'
'myself and ______'
nagging mothers
news report sound bites
nightmares
nonstandard word users
nuclear bombs
'nuculer'
'official Wendy's guy'
off-topic posts
overzealous political correctness
parents who name their kids badly
people always in a rush
people who are easily offended
people who are horrified by 'weird' food combinations
people who are overly worried about offending others
people who hate white chocolate
people who pay with change
people who say 'it's not rocket science'
people with gender double standards
perverts
political correctness
political correctness ignoramuses
politicians
Portuguese men of war
possums
pretentious pronunciations
pretentious silent letters
pretentious pronunciation of foreign words and phrases
PT Cruisers
purple ketchup
queue cutters
rabbit bites
raccoons
racism
rap music
reality television
red food coloring
religious fundamentalist terrorists
rising gas prices
road rage
SAT supporters
scary professors
shrieking early birds
slugs
snorers
snotty Sarumans
snotty upperclassmen
soap operas
soccer
spell checkers
spider bites
spyware
squirrels
standard English
stupid people
summer reading books
tax code writers
tax collectors
thongs
tomato hornworms
unfriendly computers
unpredictable kilns
vectors
vomit
war
watered down drinks
Wednesdays
white chocolate
Yankees announcers
year-long redundant teachers
Yoda


--------um, that tomato one is something I'll need to go back and figure out, because I couldn't read my own writing ..... unless one of you remembers and can tell me.

So just to keep this in the spirit of the thread, I assign to Mordor my own sloppy writing that I can't read later.

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I did a search. I think it was Tomato Hornworms posted by Oddwen. I'm not sure what tomato hornworms are, but they sound like they belong in Mordor.
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They're big, waxy, green, horrid, fat, ugly caterpillars that can bite. Oh gross, I just found a recipe...bring the Mordor-bound truck around, there's another shipment ready...
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Skwerls and Deus Ex Machina.

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I'm sending excessively stupid people to Mordor, or more specifically, excessively stupid people who earn far higher wages than I do.

Yesterday I got to work and found an e-mail from someone who earns approximately 3.5 times more salary than I do. It was in response to an e-mail inviting said person to a meeting and furnishing them with all necessary details and papers. The instructions could not have been more clear had I gone and gently led them by the hand to the meeting themselves. The reply I received simply said "whens the meetin" (sic). If I could get approximately 3.5 times my salary for sitting behind a desk and going "nurrrrrr" while drooling then I would. However, said e-mail was sent at 6.40am, so clearly being willing (or stupid enough) to get up and get to work before the milkman has even started his rounds negates any lack of brain cells.

I am not sending to Mordor my excess of sarcasm.
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Dark-Eye seems I missed a few assignments to Mordor...

...so I'm adding this handy list, compliments of the phantom:

* People who "don't get" Strong Bad.
* People who "don't get" fantasy or sci-fi.
* People who drive really slow and stop at corners that don't have stop signs and generally act lost.
* Pedestrians who walk in the street when there is a perfectly good sidewalk ten feet away.
* All cats, except ones with no claws that can play without biting and come when you call them.
* People who think popularity equals quality.
* People who think everyone should get out and vote, even the people (about 40% of voters) who couldn't tell you who's running for what office, who the current vice president is, or what the capital of their state is.
* And yes, all you Brits, I just insinuated that soccer is the official sport of Mordor.
* I declare that all people who think Republicans should go to Mordor should go to Mordor themselves.
* I imagine Mordor's official television station runs nothing but soaps.
* People who are easily offended should go to Mordor.
* And also, people who are constantly worried about offending someone should go to Mordor, too.
* I believe I will send going to work on Saturday to Mordor.
* Anyway, off to Mordor with all teens who don't understand that parents see their children as extensions of their own bodies and souls, and are just as interested in and worried about their children as they are themselves, and want to spare their children as many bumps and bruises, physical and emotional, as possible, and help their children be better at everything than they were when they were young.
* But, people who tailgate when you are going the speed limit or above... yes, indeed, they should go to Mordor.
* So I say, off to Mordor with easy driving tests!
* I send working any time before noon to Mordor!!
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I send to Mordor discrimination against the stupid. Nobody chooses their intellect, or we'd all be geniuses, with the possible exception of chavs.
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I did a search. I think it was Tomato Hornworms posted by Oddwen. I'm not sure what tomato hornworms are, but they sound like they belong in Mordor.
Thanks for the assist, radagastly! (forgot to say that earlier, sorry)
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I send siblings who get up at aproximately 6:30am in the morning. GRR!!! I swear, my sister got up that early just to anger me and if that's what her plan was, then she acheved it.

Edit: I noticed what I said earlier and decided to change it seeing as there are young ones around. Sorry to everyone for that.
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I send to Mordor discrimination against the stupid. Nobody chooses their intellect, or we'd all be geniuses, with the possible exception of chavs.
I believe there was no excuse in this case - as said person was in a position of responsibility. I'm much lower in the pecking order, so I'm the one allowed to be stupid.
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I believe there was no excuse in this case - as said person was in a position of responsibility. I'm much lower in the pecking order, so I'm the one allowed to be stupid.
Why not compromise and send the system that allows less intelligent people into positions of authority to Mordor? I mean, surely we should have a strictly Feudal society, based on intelligence according to tests taken at birth, with the phantom as our leader?
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Being told that I have to do something.

I might have actually wanted to do that thing, I might've already been heading off to do it; but nine times out of ten, as soon as you tell me I have to do it I really don't want to.
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I might have actually wanted to do that thing, I might've already been heading off to do it; but nine times out of ten, as soon as you tell me I have to do it I really don't want to.
Yes TORE that's it exactly! Like if a parent tells you to go do your homework when you were planning on doing just that in about 5 minutes, you immediately feel put upon and don't do it.
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I send siblings who get up at aproximately 6:30am in the morning. GRR!!! I swear, my sister got up that early just to p0iss me off and if that's what her plan was, then she acheved it.
Looks like I'm in Mordor...again. 6:30 is sleeping in for me.

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Sexist radio hosts who assume that you don't know anything about sports or talk radio just because you're young and female. (I do know much less about sports than the average listener of that show, but still a lot more than the average girl my age.)



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The fact that Britain has no decent festival to celebrate with fireworks, so we instead celebrate the fact that, 400 years ago, a man failed to blow up a monarch so that said monarch was able to continue his horrendous persecution of Catholics. Makes so much sense, celebrating that, you know. I feel like partying just mentioning it.
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The fact that Britain has no decent festival to celebrate with fireworks, so we instead celebrate the fact that, 400 years ago, a man failed to blow up a monarch so that said monarch . . . .
You know, I've always thought of Guy Fawke's Day as a very clever bit of nose-thumbing at a thoroughly entrenched monarchial system, similar to the telling and preservation of the Robin Hood legends. Or the Carnival that has almost died out in Europe. Events that aren't dogmatically enfranchised by some ideology or political celebration, like our Thanksgiving or national birthdays--a teensy bit anarchic. But then, I've never participated in such events.

I suppose I must keep this on-topic, though, eh?

To Mordor, to Mordor, I send irresponsible pet owners over. People who walk their dogs without 'stooping and scooping.' People who let said dogs defile sandboxes in children's playgrounds. People who turn the entire country into dog runs. People who... oh, alright. I guess you get the idea.
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Sexist radio hosts who assume that you don't know anything about sports or talk radio just because you're young and female.

Though I'm not a radio host, I am guilty of the same thing.

But really, can you blame me? The fact is, a majority of the young ladies I know roll their eyes at sports. The only reason they would ever open a sports page is to see if there are any "cute guys" in it.

And so, since that is what I am used to, you can't accuse me of being unfair when I assume a young lady doesn't know anything about sports. That's the way the world works, m'dear.

If you get slow service at a certain restaurant 75% of the time, it is logical to walk into the restaurant expecting slow service. That's not an unreasonable expectation, nor is the expectation of girls not being sports savvy unreasonable.

You just have to prove that the expectation is wrong in your case. Personally, I love bumping into a girl who disproves the sports stereotype. I wish there were more of you.
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We still have it! And it's great fun. A procession all round the town followed by a fair and fireworks. I used to be in it pretty much every year but no longer And speaking of the Carnival I assign being too ill to walk because I missed it this year due to that! I meant to post that long ago but I think I forgot.
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I know politicians have already been sent to Mordor (by myself, nonetheless! [or should that be me?]) but I really must send in particular the much-overused Tory phrase "cutting red tape." What exactly does red tape mean? Free transport services for the elderly? Free milk for schoolchildren? The NHS?!

Gah. I feel like attacking David Cameron. With something blunt.
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Hearing "because you don't need to."

If I want to go to a movie or something and the only reason against it is "you don't need to" my blood pressure rises really quickly. Whether I need to or not is completely relative. "You don't need to" is not a reason & therefore shouldn't be offered as one.

Heck, I didn't need to go on this mini rant here. But it sure felt good...
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I know politicians have already been sent to Mordor (by myself, nonetheless! [or should that be me?]) but I really must send in particular the much-overused Tory phrase "cutting red tape." What exactly does red tape mean? Free transport services for the elderly? Free milk for schoolchildren? The NHS?!
A few years ago I toured the American Revolution Barracks in Trenton, New Jersey, where a heck of a history buff of a tour guide revealed that Official Documents, such as orders from a military superior, were placed in envelopes, then wrapped with red tape to distinguish them from other missives. So a humble army officer had to 'cut the red tape' in order to read the important official missive. I suppose the same practice was used across the sea.

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