Things that baffle you?

Jeffrey D

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Amen. That's why I can't for the life of me understand why professional sports is doing that very thing. Why piss off half your market?
Sports has sure pissed me off with this stuff. I don’t watch or listen to games any longer- I don’t care to have politics force-fed to me (there are other reasons I have lost interest, but this issue is one of the main reasons).
 

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1. People who consistently mispronounce nuclear as "nucular." Bush did it. Politicans and entertainers do it. Even the Michael Douglas character in THE CHINA SYNDROME did it, in a movie about nuclear power.

2. Ditto for "Feb-u-ary" rather than Feb-ru-ary. I mean, seriously, those consonants are there to be pronounced. Many other such examples of mispronunciation, misspellings and crumby grammar clog our airwaves and printed materials.

3. Grammar and spelling in general have gone down the civil discourse tubes for the past twenty or thirty years. What used to be formal and intelligent (and therefore more trustworthy) news reporting, for example, has become nothing but a bunch of sloppy, improvised chats and gossip between a pair of news anchors, most of them riddled with "like," and "I mean," as though they've all become Valley Girls. The subtitles and information bands across the bottoms of screens are pock-marked with spelling errors. Why do we have rules about such things if people have become so willing to replace them with their own perverted vernacular? I get the culture and melting pot thing, but this sort of verbal abuse has simply ravaged our language. News anchor Edwin Newman wrote two delightful books back in the 70's, Strictly Speaking and A Civil Tongue, that point out the rapid decline of our written and spoken language. I recommend both books as sources of huge laughs and provocative sociological insight.

4. Political campaigns should be limited to the final four or five months before an election. I can't speak for everyone, but I'm exhausted (because I actually do follow this stuff). It baffles me that we are so willing to throw away a full two years out of a four-year term with nasty, accusation-lidden chaos rather than trying to actually accomplish something useful.

5. We need more ice cream outlets that serve frozen custard. And we need more ice cream companies to offer licorice-flavor (in fact...are there any now?). True, eating it makes your tongue look like you've been licking ash trays, but boy, that was a great taste (if you like Callard and Bowser and Twizzlers)! Frozen Custard is (in my opinion) tastier and creamier than ice cream, so it baffles me it hasn't overtaken the latter.

Lots more, but I don't wish to bore anyone.
 

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1. People who consistently mispronounce nuclear as "nucular." Bush did it. Politicans and entertainers do it. Even the Michael Douglas character in THE CHINA SYNDROME did it, in a movie about nuclear power.

2. Ditto for "Feb-u-ary" rather than Feb-ru-ary. I mean, seriously, those consonants are there to be pronounced. Many other such examples of mispronunciation, misspellings and crumby grammar clog our airwaves and printed materials.

3. Grammar and spelling in general have gone down the civil discourse tubes for the past twenty or thirty years. What used to be formal and intelligent (and therefore more trustworthy) news reporting, for example, has become nothing but a bunch of sloppy, improvised chats and gossip between a pair of news anchors, most of them riddled with "like," and "I mean," as though they've all become Valley Girls. The subtitles and information bands across the bottoms of screens are pock-marked with spelling errors. Why do we have rules about such things if people have become so willing to replace them with their own perverted vernacular? I get the culture and melting pot thing, but this sort of verbal abuse has simply ravaged our language. News anchor Edwin Newman wrote two delightful books back in the 70's, Strictly Speaking and A Civil Tongue, that point out the rapid decline of our written and spoken language. I recommend both books as sources of huge laughs and provocative sociological insight.

4. Political campaigns should be limited to the final four or five months before an election. I can't speak for everyone, but I'm exhausted (because I actually do follow this stuff). It baffles me that we are so willing to throw away a full two years out of a four-year term with nasty, accusation-lidden chaos rather than trying to actually accomplish something useful.

5. We need more ice cream outlets that serve frozen custard. And we need more ice cream companies to offer licorice-flavor (in fact...are there any now?). True, eating it makes your tongue look like you've been licking ash trays, but boy, that was a great taste (if you like Callard and Bowser and Twizzlers)! Frozen Custard is (in my opinion) tastier and creamier than ice cream, so it baffles me it hasn't overtaken the latter.

Lots more, but I don't wish to bore anyone.
Yes grammar is a lost art. Easy to find words that are misspelled in articles posted on
“news” outlets. This makes people look
unintelligent, in my opinion.

The February issue- I think it’s difficult to pronounce that word correctly, so I understand why people mispronounce it.
 

Clinton McClure

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We need more ice cream outlets that serve frozen custard. And we need more ice cream companies to offer licorice-flavor (in fact...are there any now?). True, eating it makes your tongue look like you've been licking ash trays, but boy, that was a great taste (if you like Callard and Bowser and Twizzlers)! Frozen Custard is (in my opinion) tastier and creamier than ice cream, so it baffles me it hasn't overtaken the latter.
In the city where I live (58,000 residents in the 2010 census, pretty sure it’s closer to 70,000 today), we have four ice cream shops, a frozen yogurt shop, and three frozen custard shops. This isn’t counting places like Dairy Queen, Sonic, McDonalds, etc... who also have ice cream or Freddy’s Steakburgers who also has frozen custard. And I agree that custard tastes better than ice cream.
 

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