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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Enough! (An Old-style "RantZ" list)

Todays post contains a list of things that bother me to various degrees. Most are things that only mildly perturb me, while a couple of them (at most) really piss me off. Let's see if you can guess which are which.

However...

I'm feeling a bit lazy today, so here's the deal: I'll throw out the subjects, and you fill in the RantZ! (In your own mind, in the comments section... wherever. I don't care.)

1. The expression, "Meh."

2. "Back in the day," as opposed to "back in the good old days."

3. Referring to males and females who act as "actors." Katharine Hepburn was an actor? Rita Hayworth was an actor?

4. The longish, calf-baring pants they're calling "shorts" nowadays.

(Hm. I've gotta come up with something that'll get a rise out of people. But what?

Oh, wait, I've got one. Heh, heh, heh.)

5. People who insist on using British spellings of words even though they're not originally from Great Britain (or Canada, or Australia, or anywhere else that started out as a British territory). And that's coming from someone who always uses "grey" instead of "gray!" Just trying to generate some kinda s**t here, folks.

6. People who can't insult Ted Kennedy without starting off by saying "that fat... " As someone who is also overweight, if you start a conversation about him like that with me, I'll cut you off with two very crude -- but very popular -- words. (Oops, that was almost a rant!) And please don't leave any predictable memos in the comments section on this one. I'll answer in kind. And I know where you live.

7. Back in the good old days -- I just love the sound of that! -- this nation had creative titles for its political scandals: Whiskey Ring, Bay of Pigs, Petticoat Affair, Teapot Dome... But ever since Watergate in 1973? We've been subjected to endless, unimaginative terms with meaningless "-gate" suffixes: Debategate, Contragate, Travelgate, Koreagate... and that list is far from exhaustive.

8. "I heart this or that."

9. Thin-skinned people who can be as politically incorrect as they see fit on their blogs, but if I do it JOKINGLY on mine... I'm an asshole.

Thanks for your time.

10 comments:

subtorp77 said...

1. Mildly perturbed with "meh" as opposed to "fah" or "eh"

2. Or even "back in the olden days". Sometimes I'll really piss people off and just say "in olden times".

3.Actress! Actresssss! Well okay, Rita Hayworth was more the Godess type...

4. Don't know why these things are called "shorts". In olden times I'd've called 'em "high-waters".

5. People that spell like...hey wait a minnit! Is that a dig on me? You just wait, mister!

6. You know I share your pain, on this one, David. Damn Doritos!

7. And what a list! Also we ahve a habit of declaring "war" on anything; the war on drugs; the war on aids; the war on crime. We've got the only National Anthem that mentions f***ing "rockets and bombs" in it, man! (thank you, George Carlin. You may return to your eternal slumber ).

8. I am so fed up with this crap! I~heart~dogs; I~heart~N.Y.; I~heart~my colon( yes, I've actually seen that one ). Why dont they wear their ~heart~ on their sleeve? That way I can just punch it! Sorry, kinda lost it there for
a minute.

9. This I know, totally pisses you off! 'Nuff said!

Cake said...

1. The expression, "Meh."

I don't have a rant for this one as I've been known to use that...mainly because I'm expressive in person and try to get that across in conversational writing without resorting to the smiley face icon thingy. So *shrug* it's not perfect...meh.

2. "Back in the day," as opposed to "back in the good old days."

I guess the one that I'd want to rant about is..."I could care less." That doesn't mean the same thing, goofballs! That means you care and there's room for less caring. Sheesh.

3. Referring to males and females who act as "actors." Katharine Hepburn was an actor? Rita Hayworth was an actor?

When the Oscars start doing this, then I'll get ticked.

4. The longish, calf-baring pants they're calling "shorts" nowadays.

CAPRIS! I'm told they make women look short and fat. I wear skirts/dresses all summer so I know nothing about these things called capris. (Though I do know some lovely women who manage to wear them and still look nothing but lovely.)

5. People who insist on using British spellings of words even though they're not originally from Great Britain (or Canada, or Australia, or anywhere else that started out as a British territory).

So you have problems with cool, hip, intelligent people? Do you really wanna admit that in public?

6. People who can't insult Ted Kennedy without starting off by saying "that fat... "

Who, "that fat"...I mean, uhhh. Is "that drunken..." acceptable? And you don't know where I live! Har har! Nyah! And neener!

7. Back in the good old days -- I just love the sound of that! --

Why is this basically on the list twice? Maybe I need to do a rant about people who duplicate points on lists in an unclear manner...heh.

8. "I heart this or that."

Hate that. Almost as much as I hate variations on "LOL."

9. Thin-skinned people who can be as politically incorrect as they see fit on their blogs, but if I do it JOKINGLY on mine... I'm an asshole.

BOO-YAAAA!

Oh, the laundry calls...I might've dyed some stuff pink. I never should've gotten out of bed this morning. Meh.

~Bobbie

Sparkle Plenty said...

I pancreas this post!

P.S. BOO-YAAAAAAAAA!

The Silver Fox said...

[waiting for dust to settle -- and for all the Blogger Anglophiles to check in on #5 -- before he answers any comments]

Ishat's Fire and Ice said...

#5:

You ARSE!
I will now go and watch BBC AMERICA.

A funny homosexual is on.

The USA was a British colony, at least the part I live in.

SO THERE ;P

And you don't know where I live, nanaer nanaer boo boo.

The Silver Fox said...

As Hannibal Lecter always said, "I love it when a plan comes together." No, wait... That was Hannibal Smith.

Anyway, I couldn't resist writing #5 because half the Blogger bloggers that I link to are Anglophiles! SubTorp, Ishat, Lois, Redbeard... I said to myself, "Self, this ought to raise a few hackles!" (which is more fun than raising corn or tomatoes any day)

Of course, once a sufficient amount of people took umbrage ("Take two umbrage and call me in the morning."), I was going to oh-so-innocently reply "What are all of you so upset about? The USA started out as a British colony, too."

Ishat nailed it!!!

My hat is off to you, milady. Buy you a drink sometime to reward you for your perceptivenessiousity?

Redbeard76 said...

I usually start insulting Ted Kennedy by saying "Err ahh too bad the bitch couldn't swim."

Redbeard76 said...

And re: #5 - most Americans share your view, so I only do the variant spellings when I'm talking to Brits and British/Canadian/Aussie ex-pats. I've learnt my lesson well. Or have I?

;)

Ishat's Fire and Ice said...

It was the first thing that came to mind, when reading about the British colonies. If I lived in Florida I would have said, this was a Spanish Colony. But I don't.

I may take you up on that drink someday when I am feeling lonely.

I do like raising tomatoes. And other herbs and veggies. I was even cleaning up the yard somewhat in preparations of planting season.

All the neighbors were doing it I was feeling lazy cleaning inside when everyone else was outside with their chainsaws. I cut up 3 trees. 20 more to go.

The Silver Fox said...

Here goes, kiddies:

SubTorp:

4. Exactly!

7. You should try going cold turkey on the Carlin for a while, dude. ;-)

Cake:

2. I'm a big hater of the "I could care less" syndrome, too. Of course, when you point out things like that to people, they generally shrug and say -- no, not, "meh" -- "It don't matter." At that point, steam starts coming outof my ears. I want to scream, "It DO, too, matter, you ignorant %#&%%$#!!!!" as I choke the life out of...

Ummm... Where was I?

3. "When the Oscars start doing this, then I'll get ticked."

Ooh, I like that line! On the other hand, it'd make the Oscar telecasts a bit shorter. That can't be a bad thing, right?

4. "CAPRIS! I'm told they make women look short and fat...(Though I do know some lovely women who manage to wear them and still look nothing but lovely.)"

Mary Tyler Moore, early to mid-1960s. *sigh*

5. "So you have problems with cool, hip, intelligent people?"

Why, do you know some? [ducks] (And note that I did not say, "Why, do you know some ducks?")

6. "Is 'that drunken...' acceptable? And you don't know where I live!"

Yes it is... and yes I do! (It's in your file, Bobbie.)

7. "Maybe I need to do a rant about people who duplicate points on lists in an unclear manner...heh."

At least you said "heh" instead of "meh."

8. "'I heart this or that.' Hate that."

Oops. Cover your eyes, Sparkle!

9. BOO-YAAAA!!!

Sparkle:

I couldn't resist the "I heart... " entry, even though I've seen you do it. Tell you what: When I die, I'll have them send you the Dick Tracy ring.

Ishat:

"[C]leaning up the yard somewhat" means clearing 23 trees? An Anglophile like you must be in seventh heaven, singing Monty Python's "lumberjack" song all day!

And last but never least, Redbeard:

"I only do the variant spellings when I'm talking to Brits and British/Canadian/Aussie ex-pats."

Now that's clever. Inconsistent in the eyes of others, perhaps... but F 'em.

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