Dumb and dumber - weights, measures and language

 
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Not a stupid measure; just dumb language from Nine:-

"Deer Park man Ikenasio Tuivasa, 33, known to family and friends as 'Sio' was standing outside the All Star Lounge on Westwood Drive in Ravenhall with a group of associates, when he was shot dead by a moving vehicle just before midnight on February 27 this year."  (my italics).

Automatic transmission is one thing, but automatic assassination?
Valvegear
See, autonomous vehicles are dangerous.

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Latest piece of stupidity is referring to a singular person as 'they' in lieu of he, she or some other singular term.

Needless to say the Victorian government, the ABC and the ATSB all use the term 'they' to apply to a singular person.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

That's to minimize prejudice on gender, simpler than saying he / she.  What I don't quite agree with is the Australian's use of "yous".  The singular and plural of the second personal pronoun are of the same spelling "you".
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
That's to minimize prejudice on gender, simpler than saying he / she.  What I don't quite agree with is the Australian's use of "yous".  The singular and plural of the second personal pronoun are of the same spelling "you".
route14
It's rubbish - calculated ignorance - even IT which is bad enough would be better.
Pity THEY have nothing better to do.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
It's rubbish - calculated ignorance - even IT which is bad enough would be better.

Pity THEY have nothing better to do.
YM-Mundrabilla
It really grates on me when I hear, for example, that the driver took off their hat, or the baby threw their dummy.
There is no reason to say it; instead say that the driver took off a hat, or the baby threw a dummy. Both are grammatically correct.
And "yous" (sometimes written as "youse"); I shudder when I hear it.
  justarider Chief Commissioner

Location: Released again, maybe for the last time??
Latest piece of stupidity is referring to a singular person as 'they' in lieu of he, she or some other singular term.

Needless to say the Victorian government, the ABC and the ATSB all use the term 'they' to apply to a singular person.
YM-Mundrabilla
"They" is accepatble when the gender is not known ( or not want to divulge).
Once upon a time "he" was acceptable for the unknown, but not now.

Having said thst , it is stupid and lazy to use "they" when the gender has already been divulged in the same article.

Ps chinese languge is not sexist, unlike European based. No gender specific pronouns.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Yes in the written form.  The inventor of the equivalent of "she" was heavily criticized about 100 years ago.  However the two characters are the same in pronounciation and in case of misuse, people will happily concede it as a typo.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

The bridge collapse in Mexico has been described as an overhead subway.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The bridge collapse in Mexico has been described as an overhead subway.
"michaelgm"
Well that's certainly a new concept.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The bridge collapse in Mexico has been described as an overhead subway.
Well that's certainly a new concept.
Valvegear
We must get one here in Victoria.
I suggest the Geelong line where it will be capable of handling DERMs at at least 1,000 km/h.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
If it really was an overhead subway, shouldn't it have collapsed upwards instead of down?
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
If it really was an overhead subway, shouldn't it have collapsed upwards instead of down?
Valvegear
More of of the London Underground doesnt run underground than does.

Subway falls into the rapid transit category, so it could be a linguistical anomoly of the language. (Metro aéreo)
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
So called food factory type documentary on in the middle of the night last night mentioned that whatever it was they were making required the equivalent amount of tea as would be needed to make 40 million (or was it billion?) cups of tea.

Very informative (not) !!!!!!!!!!
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
If it really was an overhead subway, shouldn't it have collapsed upwards instead of down?
More of of the London Underground doesnt run underground than does.

Subway falls into the rapid transit category, so it could be a linguistical anomoly of the language. (Metro aéreo)
speedemon08
While one definition of "subway" is "an underground electric railroad, usually in a large city" it can also mean "a short tunnel or underground passageway for pedestrians, automobiles, etc.; underpass". The operative part of either meaning is that it goes under something. Perhaps this "overhead subway" still had something to go under?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Sign on the footpath in Hoddle Street, Collingwood today:
'DRIVE THROUGH COFFEE BEANS".

It left me wondering why anybody would want to do such a thing.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Sign on the footpath in Hoddle Street, Collingwood today:
'DRIVE THROUGH COFFEE BEANS".

It left me wondering why anybody would want to do such a thing.
Valvegear
Either the coffee beans are big enough to drive a car through ....   or  ...  Any cars driven by coffee beans are permitted to drive through that area Wink
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

If it really was an overhead subway, shouldn't it have collapsed upwards instead of down?
More of of the London Underground doesnt run underground than does.

Subway falls into the rapid transit category, so it could be a linguistical anomoly of the language. (Metro aéreo)
speedemon08
I suspect that reliance on automatic translation is at play here.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Certainly. Metro has been translated as subway. Lazy really, when our American siblings also gave us Elevated Railroad.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
From a recent news item on RP

The structure at Chernobyl is more than 90 metres high and three times the weight of the Eiffel tower. It is longer than two jumbo jets and the total size of the roofing and cladding amounts to 12 football pitches.

Just how many people have even the vaguest idea of the weight of the Eiffel Tower...
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Just how many people have even the vaguest idea of the weight of the Eiffel Tower...
GrahamH
Well, I'm guessing it weighs quite a bit more than a packet of potato chips... Laughing


From the Eiffel Tower website: The Eiffel Tower weighs approximately 10,100 tons. Wink
15 essential things to know about the Eiffel Tower (toureiffel.paris)
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
It is a continuing source of wonder that measurements like these Chernobyl ones are ever contemplated. The height is shown in metres which is simple, then the other dimensions are unnecessarily complicated. I have go and look up the length of a 747, and the area of a football (which type?) pitch and convert it into square metres to get any understanding of the whole picture. Do the writers intend to convey dimensions or sensationalism?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Everything in so called documentaries these days is 'massive', 'enormous', 'disastrous' or 'catastrophic'.

Probably written by the same people who tell you in the manual for your new car 'do not drink the battery acid'.

Another new word that I have learnt recently is 'fantastical'. Clearly, 'fantastic' was insufficiently 'fantastical'.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Following my earlier snarky remarks, some goon has to know the actual measurements of these items, and then spend time until he finds something to equate to them. Quite clearly, he can't say that something is the length of 12.65 septic tanks or 27.3 whale penises ; he has to keep looking until he comes up with an integer. What a waste of time and effort.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Another new word that I have learnt recently is 'fantastical'. Clearly, 'fantastic' was insufficiently 'fantastical'.
"YM-Mundrabilla"
W S Gilbert would have liked it; his Major General could "understand equations, both the simple and quadratical."
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Today's effort, courtesy of Nine News:-

"Southwestern Sydney is a step closer to becoming a new national hub for Woolworths.
The supermarket giant today began building a massive national distribution centre at Moorebank which will soon service 1000 supermarkets across the country.
It's the first of two distribution centres, worth more than one billion dollars, that the supermarket will build at the site. In total, they'll take up the space of five SCG ovals."

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