Americans: A Superlative People

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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by ExPenhMan » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:00 pm

OrangeDragon wrote:clearly not a layout put together by an american... the handgun is facing the wrong way. flip it over so it's faster to grab.
Eff me, I never would have got that. It could be a citizenship test. :lol:
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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by StroppyChops » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:08 pm

Username Taken wrote:Peanut? Who are you calling a peanut, dickhead?
Feeling a bit precious there, princess?
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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by ExPenhMan » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:40 pm

LTO wrote:===clip===

[1.] I also found Americans to be some of the politest, most considerate people on the face of the planet. Far friendlier than Euros, infinitely more considerate and thoughtful than SEAsians. A real delight to be around. Always holding doors and making way, waving me to go first or offering a helping hand. Lots of expressions of well wishes and good will - 'Have a wonderful afternoon' 'Be safe, y'all,' 'After you….' Lots of pleasant words, offers of assistance and other small kindnesses, even when unrequested. People often went out of their way to be polite. Every time I go to the US it spoils me and challenges my cultural tolerance to come back to SEA to have doors dropped on me with regularity, people jumping queues and cutting me off in traffic or stopping in groups at the top of the escalator to discuss their day plans. There is a lot to be said for consideration.

[2.] That said, it does sometimes take on something of a saccharin flavor - sweet but a trifle overly so, and with a hint of facade - service people citing restrictive rules with a sympathetic tone and indifferent eyes, average joes doing average things with the broad smiles and puppy dog enthusiasm of an evangelical working a mark. It occasionally triggers my guard and leads me to wonder what is behind this suspiciously common ebullience.

Or maybe it's me.
Pre-amble: I'm not American.

[1.] Absolutely. Punctuated by big smiles that are more authentic than the smiley-fakery around these parts, especially Thailand. Some days I yearn for a dose of "niceness" and think about going back home long-time. Somehow it never happens -- often.

[2.] You said it all. We get that too-good-to-be-true smile in Canada, too. As soon as you see it, you know the answer is "No."
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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by General Mackevili » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:54 pm

Ok, jeez. Enough of that.

Cease fire! !
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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by General Mackevili » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:02 pm

Yes, I deleted a post. Drop it, both of you.
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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by EdinWigan » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:05 pm

StroppyChops wrote:If we're going to split hairs and play one-up with language, consider:
  • more awesome (comparative)
    most awesome (superlative)
Now, what were you saying about sucking dick, NB?
Nice one Stroppy C ;)

I do not recall the author but there was an excellent piece of work done by a professor of linguistics, who also had a great deal of experience in sexual cognitive therapy, who, as I recall, described an inverse link between use of vocabulary and phallic endowment. I can not reference it here, as I did not see the full article, just the abridged version. I do remember the article was named 'Smart Talking Cock' maybe someone could research that?

But it did really make me reflect and as a result, I have come to the conclusion, it simply does not matter if it is CK or X, at the end of the day - Bollocks or Bollox is still Bollocks to me

It is what you say and I for one , want to hear what everyone has to say and not try to exclude them using elitist lexix, I mean every Muppet has a thesaurus.

Keep it simple and keep it real.

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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by StroppyChops » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:10 pm

Cheers Ed. Can't source that article, by the way, any chance it had a different name?
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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:31 pm

General Mackevili wrote:Yes, I deleted a post. Drop it, both of you.
I just repeated this line in a Clint Eastwood voice.
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Re: Americans: A Superlative People

Post by StroppyChops » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:33 pm

Kung-fu Hillbilly wrote:
General Mackevili wrote:Yes, I deleted a post. Drop it, both of you.
I just repeated this line in a Clint Eastwood voice.
Goosebumps? I got goosebumps. Also, a little chubbed.
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