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MusicChick 24.06.2014 21:30

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by Castro (Post 2184245)
People who like to show off their superior language skills e.g. If you get a speeding ticket, you need to pay the rechnung by filling in your kontodaten, putting it into a Briefumschlag and then taking that to die Post. Make sure you send it einschreiben and don't forget to keep the Nachweis über den Versand in a safe place.

:confused:

I don't think it's always pretentious, could be a mere brainfart, maybe it's different between En and Ge, since both languages are so close. But teaching multilingual students, having a multilingual home, living in a multilingual house and town - there's some serious Babylon setting going on. Nobody nitpicks or assumes it's done to score some cred. Capisce? It's funny. Franglais can be fun, new expats master that so well. Survival. People just trying to avoid embarrassing moments while communicating fast, they know they sound awkward.

nickatbasel 24.06.2014 21:44

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
So, didn't you Google for EF pet hates? Why should we do the searching for you?

How dare you take up the time of us Forum veterans with your silly post asking questions?

And if you complain about us being unhelpful we'll groan and bad rep you!

Cheers,
Nick

MrVertigo 24.06.2014 21:56

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 2184326)
I don't think it's always pretentious, could be a mere brainfart, maybe it's different between En and Ge, since both languages are so close. But teaching multilingual students, having a multilingual home, living in a multilingual house and town - there's some serious Babylon setting going on. Nobody nitpicks or assumes it's done to score some cred. Capisce? It's funny. Franglais can be fun, new expats master that so well. Survival. People just trying to avoid embarrassing moments while communicating fast, they know they sound awkward.

Que?
http://1000rr.co.uk/attachments/main...425517-que-jpg

Tom1234 24.06.2014 21:58

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 2184326)
I don't think it's always pretentious, could be a mere brainfart, maybe it's different between En and Ge, since both languages are so close. But teaching multilingual students, having a multilingual home, living in a multilingual house and town - there's some serious Babylon setting going on. Nobody nitpicks or assumes it's done to score some cred. Capisce? It's funny. Franglais can be fun, new expats master that so well. Survival. People just trying to avoid embarrassing moments while communicating fast, they know they sound awkward.

It's actually well-documented as being pretentious - there's even a few You-tube clips of comedy sketches specifically about this.

MusicChick 24.06.2014 22:00

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by MrVertigo (Post 2184352)



Sounding awkward builds character :D

miniMia 24.06.2014 22:02

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by Tom1234 (Post 2184290)
I agree with this.

If people don't want to answer then don't as no one's asking them too.

Has the Local complained about too much Bandwidth being used?

My pet peeve is that quite often, people do reply to these threads with out-of-date, inaccurate or just plain wrong information so even if you search, you'll probably get incorrect info anyway and when a thread is several pages long, finding the correct answer among the fluff is almost impossible.

Most of the information on EF is not correct. That's not a pet peeve. That's just a fact.

;)


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Originally Posted by Castro (Post 2184245)
People who like to show off their superior language skills e.g. If you get a speeding ticket, you need to pay the rechnung by filling in your kontodaten, putting it into a Briefumschlag and then taking that to die Post. Make sure you send it einschreiben and don't forget to keep the Nachweis über den Versand in a safe place.

:confused:

OoooooH, exactly this! I hate posts like this.

(Thanks, now I'm all annoyed!)

MusicChick 24.06.2014 22:15

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Originally Posted by Tom1234 (Post 2184353)
It's actually well-documented as being pretentious - there's even a few You-tube clips of comedy sketches specifically about this.

I can imagine, there always will be show offs. I know those who mix sans wanting to (I do because it makes me laugh). Open The New Yorker and count the intellectually tagged French words that did not have to be there at all. Who cares, though, if one wants to write like that...idiolects are a matter of private choice. I don't really keep phoneys around enough to be peeved, me thinks. I miss home words but can't insert them anywhere without sounding really off. Blb. Skrz. (we have words without vowels, or make guttural noises that to other language groups sound odd). Řidič..Wish there was somebody polluting his/her posts with some home words. :(

Tom1234 24.06.2014 22:41

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by miniMia (Post 2184359)
Most of the information on EF is not correct. That's not a pet peeve. That's just a fact.

;)

But some is fantastically correct. You just need to get to know which posters don't post drivel.
(They're usually the ones who send you expletive-filled messages when you point out the error of their ways. Hard cheese, I say!)

Brooks85 24.06.2014 22:41

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Originally Posted by treesarehalal (Post 2184162)
People who won't give an example of what they're talking about.


Use the search function! ;)

Dan

AbFab 24.06.2014 22:50

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
Oh, and what's "EF"??

MrVertigo 24.06.2014 22:54

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
Excessive use of smiley in every post :p;):D:eek::mad::confused::rolleyes::msnshock::msn blush::msncool::msncrazy::msnmad:

jacek 24.06.2014 23:09

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
I have visual and esthetic problem with text speak and all sort of acronyms used in sentences. I cannot put my finger on it (maybe I should consult my shrink) but it really evokes terrible feelings when I see something like: AFAIK, HTFU, LMGTFY, IMHO and etc. Anyone who uses them, sounds like a nerd or even git to me.

Connor MacLeod 24.06.2014 23:32

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Far too many begging to be offended at the slightest opportunity.


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st2lemans 24.06.2014 23:49

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
Whiny foreigners! :msnsick:

Tom

Leggat 24.06.2014 23:51

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by jacek (Post 2184432)
I have visual and esthetic problem with text speak and all sort of acronyms used in sentences. I cannot put my finger on it (maybe I should consult my shrink) but it really evokes terrible feelings when I see something like: AFAIK, HTFU, LMGTFY, IMHO and etc. Anyone who uses them, sounds like a nerd or even git to me.

SDEWSIA - Some day everyone will speak in acronym :confused:

Sbrinz 25.06.2014 04:13

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by Castro (Post 2184245)
People who like to show off their superior language skills e.g. If you get a speeding ticket, you need to pay the rechnung by filling in your kontodaten, putting it into a Briefumschlag and then taking that to die Post. Make sure you send it einschreiben and don't forget to keep the Nachweis über den Versand in a safe place.

:confused:

I try to make my posted replies as helpful as possible. The problem is when I translate the Swiss terminology it sometimes has no relevance. If I keep the Swiss noun then the OP knows exactly what I am talking about.

An "Einschreibung" can be translated as a recorded delivery or a registered letter. If I use the word "Einschreiben" then the OP has learnt a new word, and knows it is the correct word to use at the Post Office. "Recorded delivery" might be translated as "aufgezeichnet Lieferung" when the correct term to use is "Einschreiben or Einschreibung" Similarly a "Registered letter" can be translated as "eingetragen Schreiben" and mistakenly not Einschreiben.

We should all know the perils of translating, which is why I try to use original German and French words. It isn't showing off - that would be silly. any fool can use a dictionary, it's choosing the right word that needs the experience.

.

Treverus 25.06.2014 04:48

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
I have a problem with posts along the line of "I went to [rural village] and talked to [delivery guy| waitress| random blue collar worker] - they did not understand a word of English! Don't they know it's the world language?!". Worst examples are the demanding ones like "I want to talk to xyz office of the government. Why do I need to bring a translator? I pay taxes!"

Wallabies 25.06.2014 06:02

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
Whingers who think they can speak english everywhere and that the forum must write everything in english

lost_inbroad 25.06.2014 07:04

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
British humor and the British way of writing.

MusicChick 25.06.2014 07:54

Re: What's your EF pet hate?
 
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Originally Posted by lost_inbroad (Post 2184523)
British humor and the British way of writing.

Hahah...and the pretence of making fun of oneself, but the royal egos are hard to hide. I find it mostly humorous, wish it was a bit more dry and dark, like at home. It's an art to be intelligently funny but not a jerk. Brit politeness is sweet, though.

What's not so interesting is that it's expected to be admired and liked. Colonialists.

And the overuse of insincere euphemisms, so old. It's gymbalz annoying.


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