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by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 275
Views: 67319

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Blofeld only appears in three of the novels, and is strangled by Bond in "You Only Live Twice" . The timeline of the novels is completely different to the films, so he seems pretty much indestructible in the movies. There was some contractual problem which meant the makers of the movies couldn't us...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

Maybe not overused , but definitely used incorrectly. No they were not homophobic . No my colleagues analysis was wrong. He is gay and laughed at the comment but pointed out that others may find it so. I do not regret making the comment as it was a joke and all my colleagues laughed , it was banter...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

I am willing to divulge the innuendo if it helps with context You might as well. We was trying to move a large item of furniture into a tight space and Richie my colleague said careful I don't want ton end up with a door up my arse , and I added or a knob.....then I quickly added, I meant door knob...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

Homophobia is a word that is over used. For example I made a joke that wouldn't look out of place in a carry on film using the word knob as an inuendo. My college who wasn't offended said it could be deemed a homophobic comment. I am guilt of casual sexism on occasions but I'm not a misogenist . So...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

Homophobia is a word that is over used. For example I made a joke that wouldn't look out of place in a carry on film using the word knob as an inuendo. My college who wasn't offended said it could be deemed a homophobic comment. I am guilt of casual sexism on occasions but I'm not a misogenist . So ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:52 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:32 pm
I sometimes wonder how aware most people are about relative distances in space
Well, if the typical Sainsbury's customer is anything to go by, most people don't even have a fucking clue what 2 metres is.
I think proof reading Victor Meldrew is getting under your skin 😀
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:52 pm
And the BBC have backed down. I see it as taking the easy way out.
I don't think the BBC want to make any enemies of the government as the BBC is ripe for privatisation
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

Regardless of your position about the offensiveness of a word taken out of context or used in a quotation, there is still a double standard here. Strong swear words are expressly forbidden before the watershed in any context but this word is not. Whatever process deemed the F-word unsuitable for br...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:11 pm
Nautical miles.
You kid me knot
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ? It's called RAS syndrome Reading that link gave me a sense of nostalgia. One of my friends at school had a mother called Elsie Dee. When digital watches came out we had so much fun at her expens...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ? I know that ATM is the generic name, but I've never heard anyone use the term (with or without the redundant extra word). Everyone I know calls it a cash point. Sorry, I came over all trans-atla...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ?
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

When someone says something like we don't have any strawberry trifle I'm afraid.
I am often tempted to reply , that there's no need to be scared
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Two expressions or specifically suffixes really any me. The suffix 'holics' as in chocoholic or shopoholic. This is a lazy misuse , derived from Alcoholics those people addicted to alcohol Also the use of 'gate' during a scandal derived from the Watergate Scandal from the 1970s involving Richard Nix...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

I think I took exception to the use of people rather than the BBC
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

Don't really see as to why it was necessary for them to say that word explicitly, instead of just saying the "N-word" which 99% of its viewers' would have understood. It truly is the most offensive word at the moment. I have seen programs where the c word has been used but the n word has been bleep...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

Yes, it would be ridiculous to remove words on the grounds of offensiveness. You also have to consider the use-mention distinction. Mentioning the word "nigger" is not the same as calling someone a nigger, for example. The BBC used the naughty word ! Don't really see as to why it was necessary for ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: Victor Meldrew

I'm not a great advocate of rebooting films and TV shows for the hell of it but I think we need Victor Meldrew the covid years. I'm not sure if they should totally ret-con Victor or make a long lost son/ nephew coincidentally called Victor to play the part. I would love someone like Martin Clunes to...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 133018

Re: Politics in General

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:16 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:22 pm


Is he an influencer on social media 😀 ?
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 133018

Re: Politics in General

Re above I have reported my quote to the admin for removal in case of libel.
I remember the honest face tweet saga of a few years ago
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: Victor Meldrew

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:10 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:22 pm
It's the most recent thing I binge-watched. I was genuinely surprised at the ending, especially that I'd somehow missed hearing about it in the intervening decade and a half.
The last series ended in 2000.
Wow I feel old
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

I've probably mentioned this before but "on a regular basis" is such an ugly, stupid way of saying "regularly". Likewise "on a daily basis" etc. On the subject of Americanisms, I'm generally quite forgiving of words and spellings that are different to ours, especially since many of them pre-date sh...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 133018

Re: Politics in General

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:22 pm
In other news, Mark Francois was very pro-Brexit wasn't he? Mark Francois indeed. Just felt like bringing him up for some reason.
Is he an influencer on social media 😀 ?
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

A word that I don't dislike but dislike it's mispronunciation is 'ask'.
Too many people that pronounce it as aks .

Also people who get arsey when someone says three but pronounce it as free , I.e. not using the tongue correctly....it still sounds the same for fucks sake.
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:22 pm
It wasn't me that brought up the "all right"/"alright" thing. But anyway to kick off mine (and I'm sure there's loads):

Influencers
Social media
Leader of the free world
I like to put anti in front of social media.
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 133018

Re: Politics in General

The Tory MP from Dover who was suspended after sexual misconduct charges were brought against him was reinstated in order that he could vote during the Brexit votes.
So I'm not surprised that the Tories have done this
Innocent until proven Tory
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

I should also add back to back as mention by Phil in another thread.
Although I do like to list my palindromes back to back.
Speaking of palindromes it's a shame the word isn't a palindrome too althouthe the fear of palindromes is
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 576

Words and expressions that grind your gears

Gevin has already mentioned ALRIGHT and OKAY in another thread I don't like some PC terms like Cis , vertically challenged , BAME and Woke. In have problems with some phrases that are different accross the pond like have your cake and eat it , becomes eat your cake and have it in America. Also have ...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: Victor Meldrew

I always think it makes more sense as one word - "alright". It's not just about how it's written - people don't pronounce it as the two separate words "all right". If someone had managed to go their whole life without hearing "all right"/"alright" and then had to read out loud a sentence that had "...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: Victor Meldrew

My favourite episode was the one with the am dram performance where everything is going wrong and Victor thinks it part of the performance and was roaring with laughter
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

I was going to make a topic on joke words but I didn't think it would have legs , but maybe it's time
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

Other joke words include " suffrage " and " emancipation ". These words have probably not been used in normal conversation for at least a hundred years, but for some reason they crop up as "women's suffrage" and "emancipation of women" as if people talking about these can't do so using without reso...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:55 am
Next time you go bowling , sometime in 2023/4 , try to bring extra footwear , play two games , one with bowling shoes on and one without and compare scores
Good news on the bowling front , you can now wear your own shoes when bowling centres re-open
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 773
Views: 162620

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why can't you throw a dart underarm 😀
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unusual Fears/Phobias
Replies: 22
Views: 1389

Re: Unusual Fears/Phobias

Feathers , but weirdly not birds.
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 773
Views: 162620

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Can you buy plum juice ?
Apple , Apricots , Clementines ,grapes, Oranges , Mango and Pineapples etc. all have juices but you get prune juice rather than plum juice
Go figure !!!
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

Mark James wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:45 pm
Strimmers.
I'm with you when it comes to changing the cartridge
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

Reusable face coverings.
Not fit for purpose , beyond obtaining entrance to shops and public transport
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:26 pm
Roman numerals.
I'm LIVID (54, 499)
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 3087

Re: Inventions corner

Have you gone vegan now then Marc? No , but I am a vegetarian but a lot of what I eat is vegan. I am unable to give up eggs , but I do only eat free range. Also not keen on Vegan Cheese so , yes I still eat dairy. Been doing this since January. Certainly feel healthier and finally I'm losing weight...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 3087

Re: Inventions corner

Some kind of app that tells you if something is vegan friendly by scanning the bar code rather than having to scan the ingredients as not all packaging has the vegan symbol Apps like this do exist but because there are billions of products the database will never be big enough to have widespread co...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 3087

Re: Inventions corner

Some kind of app that tells you if something is vegan friendly by scanning the bar code rather than having to scan the ingredients as not all packaging has the vegan symbol
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 32
Views: 10399

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

That's a bit obscure . She played a principal role in a blockbuster movie. Hardly obscure. The reason she doesn't get a wiki page is because she never did anything else (out of choice). That in itself doesn't exclude you from a wiki page. The boy who played Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Fact...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 32
Views: 10399

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

Paul Worsley wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:04 am
Carrie Henn.

She played "Newt" in the 1986 film Aliens.
That's a bit obscure .
Speaking of Obscure , what about the baby in Teletubbies and the child who played Jessica in Some Mother's do have 'Em
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Would Countdown improve if......
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Would Countdown improve if......

Sorry if me mentioned before but would Countdown improve if length of words were not declared after the clock stops.
How many times has one player said 9 only for the other player to also spot the nine
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 3087

Re: Inventions corner

Something that prevents drawstrings being lost in waistbands. Yes, I know a knot helps, but only until the strain against the hole causes the fabric to give, then we're back to square one with retrieval being hindered by the presence of a knot catching on the fabric. How many human hours, that coul...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 7220

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Although I am sure staff will have to to set an example which makes my job far more difficult , mainly because of my spectacles constantly steaming up and my inability to lip read staff as I'm partially death. Does this mean you walk around with a scythe as well as a face mask? That made me chuckle...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 7220

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Fuming. So wearing face coverings in shops are to be compulsory from 24th , although ,strangely , not for shop floor staff (I e. me ). Although I am sure staff will have to to set an example which makes my job far more difficult , mainly because of my spectacles constantly steaming up and my inabili...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

I am coming round to the idea , but not the reasoning , of the removal of slurs and rude words not suitable for broadcast.
Maybe the profile of the game of Scrabble will be elevated and a version may make it on TV
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

How often does Countdown have to edit due to offensive words.....and is the scoring contrived so the person playing said word is not penalised.
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

I have now learned a loaf of new slur words now from the NASPA list including PAPIST and POMMIE both of which I don't think are offensive. When it comes to slur words , surely it is about intent. I remember the late great Dave Allen said it best when he said that when people see an old friend they m...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

It's also worth pointing out that this isn't the first time people have talked about this . This is in line with what I posted in one of the Scrabble groups I am a member of. The only justification in removing slur words and profanities is because the likes of ESPN want to televise Scrabble tournam...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: Offensive Words

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:23 am
It would be absolutely ridiculous if this passed.
These are strange times though , with virtue signalling and cancel culture gathering pace.
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Offensive Words

This could be posted in several categories but I thought a new topic would keep it simple The American federation of Scrabble NASPA has recently proposed that all slur words should be expunged from the Scrabble dictionary. Usually when America sneezes the UK gets a cold so it is quite likely around ...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 275
Views: 67319

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Anyway , shouldn't we be boycotting NASA for employing Nazi war criminals

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 275
Views: 67319

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The benefits of science isn't really a great reason to do something hugely expensive. Yeah. Knowledge, Who needs it? Have you considered a career in tabloid journalism. Unless you was being deliberately facetious , I was trying to make a point that the ends don't justify the means Yeah the ballpoin...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 543
Views: 159850

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Has anyone else here been watching Dispatches From Elsewhere? I guess that's a no then. 8-) Now it's finished I'm not much wiser as to what it was all about, but it was imaginative, thought-provoking and I enjoyed the ride. Also, the soundtrack featured some great original music, of which this is a...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

Next time you go bowling , sometime in 2023/4 , try to bring extra footwear , play two games , one with bowling shoes on and one without and compare scores
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 275
Views: 67319

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The benefits of science isn't really a great reason to do something hugely expensive.
The Falklands War and the Iraq war benefitted science with treatments of burns victims and prosthetics but surely we don't want to justify conflicts.
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 130
Views: 7507

Re: Joke Items

Waistcoats....unless you are playing snooker.
I'm forced to wear one today 😢 having difficulty breathing