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Baptist Trainfan
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@Amanda: "Kids go free" = choose a different hotel.
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"Just a little scratch".

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It'll be over by Christmas

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"Let's take a helicopter view of the problem" - in other words he or she hasn't got the faintest idea how to solve it.
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Lets not forget the childhood favourite Wait 'till your father gets home [Eek!]

[ 25. June 2017, 12:55: Message edited by: L'organist ]

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"You won't even notice that we're here" - from builders/workmen.

Or its corollary: "This may cause a little bit of disruption".

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"Strong and Stable" aka weak and wobbly.

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"I'm glad you asked me that question..." = a Polly Titian is about to prevaricate, and/or tell fibs...

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quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:
Lets not forget the childhood favourite Wait 'till your father gets home [Eek!]

or the Scouse equivalent:

Wait 'til your father's sober!

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quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
"You won't even notice that we're here" - from builders/workmen.

... builders being builders, chances are they're not there. [Roll Eyes]

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From news websites e.g. BBC:

"Subject X - all you need to know"

[Mad]

I'll be the judge of that.....

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The latest neologism from customer service: "Best Effort".
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Your call is important to us
true meaning = you've already been on-hold for 2 minutes; expect to be on hold for at least another 10 and, frankly (my dear) we couldn't give a sh*t.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
From news websites e.g. BBC:

"Subject X - all you need to know"

Equally - in shops or newspapers - "!) Essential for a happy holiday (or whatever)".
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From a TV commercial for an anti-depressant:

"Side effects may include depression . . ."

From a TV commercial for an asthma drug:

"Side effects may include death from asthma . . ."

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That would be a drug to ameliorate the symptoms of asthma, right?

I'm reminded of Sir Walter Raleigh's remarks* anent the headsman's axe, just before he was executed:

"'Tis a sharp remedy, but a sure one for all ills"

IJ

(*or words to that effect - accounts differ, but you get the point. Or the edge.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
That would be a drug to ameliorate the symptoms of asthma, right?

I'm reminded of Sir Walter Raleigh's remarks* anent the headsman's axe, just before he was executed:

"'Tis a sharp remedy, but a sure one for all ills"

IJ

(*or words to that effect - accounts differ, but you get the point. Or the edge.)

Yes. Though I'm a bit more taken by the notion of death as a "side effect." As you and Sir Walter note, it's a cure-all.

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On the Tube, announced after a long list of 'minor
delays', 'severe delays' and 'planned engineering works':

"A good service is running on all other lines".

My response is usually to quote Eric Morecambe, from the
Andre Previn sketch:

"That's only your opinion."

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Baptist Trainfan mentioned:

"Essential for a happy holiday (or whatever)".

- usually referring to one or other of the Feasts of St. Hallmark... [Disappointed]

IJ

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The next tube is held - can mean 2 minutes or several hours, if not days.

Customer incident - could be a passenger pulling an alarm or someone under a train. Depressingly regular that last one.

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Yes, but much better than the appalling 'announcement' I heard one evening many years ago at a crowded Charing Cross:

'Trains are being delayed due to some woman throwing herself onto the line at [can't recall exactly where]' - as though said announcer were police, coroner, jury, and all...

The sharp intake of breath from the assembled multitude was something I'd never heard before. The announcer, I gather, was dismissed instantly.

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We are being held momentarily due to train traffic in the tunnel ahead. Could mean anything, from five seconds to minutes to hours.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
That would be a drug to ameliorate the symptoms of asthma, right?

I'm reminded of Sir Walter Raleigh's remarks* anent the headsman's axe, just before he was executed:

"'Tis a sharp remedy, but a sure one for all ills"

IJ

(*or words to that effect - accounts differ, but you get the point. Or the edge.)

Thanks, Bishop's Finger. There is a book by Reginald Hill titled

A Cure for All Diseases. I knew the title was a quotation, but I couldn't remember where it came from. I thought it was Shakespeare, so I wasn't too far off in the timing.

Huia

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“We have to get with the program. Let’s keep up with the times.” - a city council member at last week's Planning Committee, speaking in favour of a high rise development in a congested area with inadequate access and parking.

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"Peace in our time"
Chamberlain 1939

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no prophet's flag is set so...

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"Peace in our time"
Chamberlain 1939

Benjamin Disraeli, 1878, said it first after the Congress of Berlin. Both times the phrase is actually "peace for our time".

(I think Chamberlain has had a bit of an undeserved rough treatment by history as an appeasing ditherer. He was roundly cheered and congratulated for getting an agreement with Herr Hitler)

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"Lose 40 pounds with just 20 minutes a day on our latest [brand name] home workout apparatus."

Sweetie, if I had the bod you had in your "before" photo, I could get all the exercise I needed by just rolling my eyes. If anyone didn't need to lose 40 ounces, let alone 40 pounds, it was you!

And of course you lost 40 pounds. That's how much the money weighed that you had to shell out for the "latest home workout apparatus."

As for me, I couldn't lose 40 pounds if I exercised on that danged contraption for 20 hours a day, every day, from now to Kingdom Come.

(Sorry if this has turned into a rant.) [Mad]

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quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
The next tube is held - can mean 2 minutes or several hours, if not days.

Customer incident - could be a passenger pulling an alarm or someone under a train. Depressingly regular that last one.

Better perhaps than an announcement I once heard on the Intercity to Glasgow: "We are now approaching Carnforth station. We are running approximately 10 minutes late. This is entirely due to delays occurred before reaching Carnforth". [Confused]
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There's a Goon-show-like mad logic in that, somehow, somewhere.....

[Paranoid]

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Delays due to "Signalling Problems" or "Points problems" around here, especially on early morning trains (before 7am) often means that someone has stolen the copper cables again.

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quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
Better perhaps than an announcement I once heard on the Intercity to Glasgow: "We are now approaching Carnforth station. We are running approximately 10 minutes late. This is entirely due to delays occurred before reaching Carnforth". [Confused]

This reminds me of one of the few times I have been on a plane. In St. Louis, heading back to Philadelphia, my plane was delayed on the ground "because of congestion in the air at Philadelphia." Okay, that seemed fair enough. Delay a bit on the ground to allow those other planes to clear out before we got there.

Except that once we got up in the air, the pilot promised that they would fly a little faster so that the plane arrived at its originally scheduled time. But...but...but...if we are going to be in the air over Philly at the same time as scheduled, then it served No Purpose At All to wait on the ground in St. Louis.

Back to the OP, I have developed a dread of hearing the phrase "for a limited time" in a commercial. One commercial (for a "free" book that will teach me how to make millions) urges me to hurry because the offer of a free book is for a limited time and "when they are gone, they are gone." This particular commercial has run every day for about two years now. Another one, promising a special deal on a collection of Old Time Radio recordings, has been available "for a limited time" for about 8 months now.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hedgehog:
I have developed a dread of hearing the phrase "for a limited time" in a commercial. One commercial <<snip>> has been available "for a limited time" for about 8 months now.

This is especially true of commercials offering gold coins. "A five dollar gold coin, legal tender, yours for only $19.95. Hurry, act now, to avoid disappointment and future regret."

Well, first of all, if it's legal tender, then it's worth $5.00, not $19.95. The only "future regret" I would have is spending four times than what it is worth.

Oh, and have you noticed that almost all products offered in TV commercials cost $19.95?

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Limited time offers remind me of a fabric shop in Wellington that had a "Closing Down Sale" sign that was up for a number of years. I think the Commerce Commission finally had it removed as misleading advertising.

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quote:
Originally posted by Huia:
Limited time offers remind me of a fabric shop in Wellington that had a "Closing Down Sale" sign that was up for a number of years. I think the Commerce Commission finally had it removed as misleading advertising.

Huia

Also in Taihape – been empty for several years.

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Party political slogans

The National Party's 'delivering for New Zealanders' begs the question, 'Delivering what?'

Exactly what I think every time I drive past it.

Poverty and unaffordable housing was suggested. I'd add 'adequate health care.'

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One from where I work:

"We will be upgrading your version of X."

This means you can be d*mned sure X won't work for the next week and probably your whole computer will crash too.

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It'll only be for a few days.
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"Ha, ha! You'll get used to me - I'm ker-azy, me!"

"I just say it like it is, y'know? No BS, no beating around the bush, no messing around with me. I just cut the crap and speak as I find."

(Either of these are especially bad when spoken by the person taking up residence at the desk/cubicle next to you in the office...)

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GG - Indeed.

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Youe call is important to us
== No it isn't

Response may be delayed due to unusually heavy call volume.

== Our usual inadequate staffing.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

== The way we train our staff to say "f*** off"

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Translations from the dental
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"You're not planning to keep this car much longer, are you?" (mechanic, yesterday morning).

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"Yes, we'll order a new [household fixture] for you, but it will take a month for it to be shipped." Said by office staff in the apartment complex I've just moved into.

Meaning, we hope you'll forget about it meanwhile.

Actually, I can pop round to the local appliance store and pick one up this afternoon.

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Said to me by my 10 year-old daughter (who's not had much practice at baking) when I was upstairs doing work and she was downstairs with her friends:

"Dad, we've just started doing some baking..."

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Surely, even worse would be 'Dad, we've just finished some baking.'

[Paranoid]

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No, if you didn't already know it (by the clouds of smoke in the air) it would be GOOD news.

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Fair comment, LC!

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Closed Meeting
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Stercus Tauri
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The following note appeared in the staff meeting minutes from our public library this week:

"It was suggested that if the robots are bothering people that they could be moved to another area in the library."

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Thay haif said. Quhat say thay, Lat thame say (George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal)

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Tree Bee

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Is this your writing? [Ultra confused]

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"Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple."
— Woody Guthrie
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