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Speedy Builder510/10/2020 16:37:41
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Since when were sockets called "plug sockets". English is easy enough, a socket is a socket, if you wish to identify it for mains use, you can call it a "Mains socket".

You plug a "Plug" into an "Socket" - simple enough isn't it ? I blame it on the ignorance of the younger generation, but who taught them this bastardisation of the English language.

And for a bit of fun:-

World plugs and sockets

Rant over, back to painting spoked loco wheels!

Emgee10/10/2020 17:03:33
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You may also call them Electric socket outlet as opposed to Air supply socket or many other utilities.

Same when some refer to model 2 stroke and 4 stroke glow plug igntion engines "Nitro engines", I blame the yanks for this one.

Emgee

Dave Halford10/10/2020 17:07:29
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Posted by Emgee on 10/10/2020 17:03:33:

Same when some refer to model 2 stroke and 4 stroke glow plug igntion engines "Nitro engines", I blame the yanks for this one.

Emgee

They always use at least 5% nitro smiley

mark costello 110/10/2020 17:18:43
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Traffic. Working on anything with the Wife, Bless Her heart She means well, bit I have not much hair left and cannot pull Hers. .

pgk pgk10/10/2020 17:46:06
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Takeaway coffee.

Bottled water

The 'e' on the end of Concorde

Golden delicious

Political Correctness

"I mis-spoke"

Empty jars/bottles that cost more to buy than one's filled with produce.

"The electric"

Call centres

....

...people with endless complaints about stuff they can do nothing about...

Phil Whitley10/10/2020 18:06:04
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Knowing I have something but being unable to find it!

not done it yet10/10/2020 18:11:04
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Plug sockets? My first thought was the deep sockets, usually with a rubber insert to protect the ceramic part of the spark plug.🙂

SillyOldDuffer10/10/2020 18:15:42
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Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 10/10/2020 16:37:41:

Since when were sockets called "plug sockets"...

I think it's old and became necessary to avoid confusion when ordering parts in the last century. Lamp Sockets were common long before Plug Sockets became popular due to flappers buying Wireless Sets and Vacuum Cleaners. The ancient Resistance Boxes in my School's Physics Lab used Plug Switches. Widely banned on power circuits before WW1 but I bet some lasted much longer.

My 1910 Electrician's Book mentions Lamp Sockets, but apart from them nothing is plugged in. Lamps are mostly shown being wired to screw terminals on the bulb. Everything else in home, commerce and industry is hard wired via distribution boxes. It was a different world - hardly any domestic appliances and every local authority and fire insurance company insisted on different specifications.

Anyone got a 1920's electrical catalogue?

Dave

Emgee10/10/2020 18:51:57
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Posted by Dave Halford on 10/10/2020 17:07:29:
Posted by Emgee on 10/10/2020 17:03:33:

Same when some refer to model 2 stroke and 4 stroke glow plug igntion engines "Nitro engines", I blame the yanks for this one.

Emgee

They always use at least 5% nitro smiley

Not always, some competition engines never see nitromethane, FAI classes where engine power wins events fuel is 80/20 mix methanol and castor oil.

Emgee

Bob Rodgerson10/10/2020 19:11:31
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The modern trend of starting a sentence with "So".

V8Eng10/10/2020 19:13:24
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Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 10/10/2020 16:37:41:

Since when were sockets called "plug sockets". English is easy enough, a socket is a socket, if you wish to identify it for mains use, you can call it a "Mains socket".

You plug a "Plug" into an "Socket" - simple enough isn't it ? I blame it on the ignorance of the younger generation, but who taught them this bastardisation of the English language.

And for a bit of fun:-

World plugs and sockets

Rant over, back to painting spoked loco wheels!


We cannot blame the young at all because the previous generations taught them.wink

The one I dislike is people who say “can I get a coffee” the answer should be: yes come behind the counter and help yourself!

Posted by a fully qualified grumpy old man (me).

Edited By V8Eng on 10/10/2020 19:30:26

Grindstone Cowboy10/10/2020 19:22:22
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"off of" - it's just "off"

"could of" rather than "could have"

"could you borrow me a pencil" rather than "lend"

""send me an invite" rather than an "invitation"

I could go on... and on... and on...

Rob

Bazyle10/10/2020 19:25:20
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Americans who don't know the difference between 'bring' and 'take'.

Henry Brown10/10/2020 19:30:21
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pgk pgk is spot on, I'd add political correctness...

the artfull-codger10/10/2020 19:47:40
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Why do our American Cousins allways pronounce solder as "sawdor" or is it just my hearing!!

Steve Neighbour10/10/2020 20:52:14
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By far the most annoying phrase is the 'younger generation' use of LIKE in general discussions.

" I saw my friend, like she was on her bike, and like she also saw me cos like I waved to her like she called at my house like she is my best friend"

Arrrggghhh dont know

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 10/10/2020 20:53:40

Nicholas Farr10/10/2020 21:43:23
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Hi, one of my pet hates is when people call a locomotive a train.

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 10/10/2020 21:43:47

IanT10/10/2020 21:53:58
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Being called "Grumpy" just because I'm not talking to anyone!

IanT

Nicholas Wheeler 110/10/2020 22:27:18
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Stuff that's so poorly designed it is horrible to use: eg electronic devices with multiple functions that are operated by just four buttons. So you have to learn sequences like press #3&4 together, whilst simultaneously rubbing your head, patting your stomach and singing the Elbonian national anthem backwards in a falsetto, just to turn on the record function.

There's no excuse for this now that small touch screens are cheap, but all the effort is then put into constantly 'improved' icons that are the visual equivalents of cryptic crossword clues.

Nicholas Wheeler 110/10/2020 22:40:44
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Posted by the artfull-codger on 10/10/2020 19:47:40:

Why do our American Cousins allways pronounce solder as "sawdor" or is it just my hearing!!

That's because they think it's still a French word: soudure

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