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Posts posted by p1ng74

  1. 5 hours ago, mlroseplant said:

    Yes, which means I am not way outside the range of normal height. I do not find everyday appliances or cars or life in general to be inconvenient because of my height. What I don't understand (and I alluded to this on the other thread) is the length of my inseam, and why it seems to be way undersized compared to other people my height, male or female. I mean, I understand completely that I have short legs, but when I look in the mirror, I don't think my legs look all that bad or disproportional. I've seen guys that do look like they're all torso and no legs. Heck, I'm working with a couple of them right now! I don't think I'm one of those guys. I get compliments on my legs all the time, despite what the tape measure says. So, there's either a great mystery yet to be solved, or I'm simply being delusional.

    It is much easier to hem pants that are too long than extend ones that are too short.  Women seem to have better habits and expectations in hemming pants after they buy them, so it makes sense to offer them on the long side at the store.  This also provides opportunity to adjust length based on footwear.  It seems that this is not the case in men's fashion, which may explain why I can never find pants that are long enough... 



  2. 5 minutes ago, Shyheels said:

    It's still pronunciation, not language - just a slovenly construction of 'you all'.

    That's fair.  But there seems to be an abundance of variations in English associated with southern drawl that extend beyond just pronunciation.  Another example that comes to mind is the word fixin', used to mean "getting ready" as opposed to repair.  

  3. 12 hours ago, Shyheels said:

    What I hate are the people you see sauntering around in the business class lounge and looking like they just came off the beach....

    And then we wonder why it seems people have become so rude and inconsiderate of each other in public over the years.  It may sound silly to many people now, but I believe that if people were more mindful of how they presented themselves in their attire in public, it would have a positive effect on the way people interacted with each other.  

  4. 5 hours ago, Chorlini said:

    In a way it saddens me that austronauts and rocket scientists are now being put on designing high heels, instead of designing the space ships that should take us to the stars!

    Priorities, it's all about priorities.

    But with heels, I am 4" closer to the stars, which is 4" closer than I would ever be on a space ship that never takes off :p


    14 hours ago, Shyheels said:

    One of the beauties of the English language is it’s enormous palette of words, over a million in all, and the precision with which ideas can be expressed. That is now being dismantled and destroyed by ignorance, laziness, stupidity and political correctness. 

    Some of the degradation is just sloppiness, and it is worth resisting.  Sloppiness is the default human tendency, and this applies to many things like language and fashion.  It's sloppy not to be thinking about their/they're/there when using it.  When I see sloppiness, I like to find subtle ways of drawing attention to it.  We can all use help in staying attentive and mindful of what we are doing every day, whether it be in language or the shoes we are wearing!  


    14 hours ago, Shyheels said:

    That’s pronunciation not the language itself

    What about words like "y'all", which has a strong association with southern drawl but allows for an expression of the plural second person that is not official in the language?  :)

  6. Right, I think there is still a strong association with heels and dressing up, which is why people continue buying them and wearing them at weddings and Christmas dinner parties.  The problem is that people have stopped dressing up for regular occasions like work and church so they stay hidden in the closet.  

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  7. 2 hours ago, at9 said:

    A couple of pet hates.

    1: There/their/they're

    The last has that pesky apostrophe too.

    2: I would of done it. Instead of I would have done it.

    I found it really hard to type the first version. It grates whenever I see it. I can see why it's done, when you say it out loud it often sounds like "would of" and it could quite correctly be written would've. This may be a lost cause. Languages evolve and this could well become the standard usage over time. Ugh.

    It is not a lost cause.  There is another good one that often accompanies the second mistake.  I was talking to a fellow parent whose patience for public schools ran out when his son’s high school English teacher introduced herself in a conference and used the phrase “I would have went” in reference to a better college.  When the principal came to the teacher’s defense, he ended the conference and pulled his son out of the school.  I agree, perhaps things would be better if she would have gone to a better college.  

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  8. 14 hours ago, dww said:

    Are we allowed to call an American fellow a yank these days, 

    Down here, a Yankee is what we call someone from north of the Mason-Dixon Line, usually in an unbecoming context lol.  

    Regarding the Oxford comma, I was taught to always use it, and it makes sense in my head as a way to offset the potentially confusing practice of using a conjunction on the final item of a serial list.  

  9. 6 hours ago, Cali said:

    I am happy to report that I have found legging with real pockets.

    Can you share where and what brand you have found for this?  Sounds interesting.

  10. 14 hours ago, chesterx said:

    Actually in the Spring area north of Houston.

    Nice - The Woodlands is where I first started wearing heels.  I’ve been into Chuy’s off of I-45 and I’ve bought a pair of heels at that Nordstrom Rack up North before.  I also had a habit of walking through The Woodlands Mall once a week.  There is a friendly shoe salesman working women’s shoes in Dillard’s that I eventually bought a pair of boots from.  Saks Off Fifth at the Premium Outlets at 290 and Grand Parkway is also a nice place for larger shoe sizes.  

  11. 8 hours ago, Cali said:

    "I wish I had the confidence to wear boots like that."

    I’ve heard that comment a lot.  I always respond with “Do it!  It feels great!”

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