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Smaug says: Ricky Gervais. Lesbian pr0n. Going into a crowded bar, purely because it's crowded. All these things seem to be popular with everybody else, but I just can't work out why. What leaves you cold just as much as it turns everyone else on?

(, Thu 15 Oct 2009, 14:54)
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Gervais also
Smug arsehole who hasn't done anything funny since.... nope, never done anything funny.

Russell Brand. Don't get it. At all. Comb your hair and put on some trousers that fit.

Low slung trousers. Do I want to see your matalan-branded boxers? Or worse, your BHS thong? No, I do not. Pull your trousers up and get a better belt.

Chelsea Tractors round where I live. I'm sorry, you have absolutely no need to be driving something that huge when you live in Milton Keynes. Poor 4x4 has never SEEN a field, and has never been further off road than your driveway. Plus there's only you in it. Get a micra or something, eejit.

Smart Cars. Contradicting what I said above perhaps, these are the most ridiculous little pieces of rubbish, and seeing them going round roundabouts here makes me worry they're going to tip over. And why are they always driven by the morbidly obese? Someone who takes up every square millimeter of the internal space and has to ease themselves free with a crowbar? (This is a personal observation, if you are the one slim person in the UK who bought one, I apologise)

Dyslexia. It seems to be the 'in thing' to say this affects you. I KNOW it affects me because I had a proper evaluation and I have a certificate to prove it. Saying you're dyslexic to excuse your poor spelling and grammar when you've never even heard the phrase 'educational psychologist' is just not on. You may have noticed, my spelling and grammar is generally ok because that's not how it affects me or many other people who have it. So to say you have it when you're just not that good at getting your 'its' and 'it's' the right way round or whatever shows a lack of knowledge and understanding and really gets on my tits. (Again, I apologise if you really do have it, however you got your diagnosis. But it's like saying you have swine flu when you've got a slight cough.)
(, Mon 19 Oct 2009, 14:16, 12 replies)
I didn't know they *did* dyslexia certificates
That'd be a great thing to have on the wall next to the cycling profeicifencecfiy
(, Mon 19 Oct 2009, 14:23, closed)
The Dyslexia thing, I had it bad as a child, my teachers just thought I was slow, then I started catching up. It hasn't made my grammer or spelling anyworse, I just read very differently to most people. And now actually faster than most as I recognise the shape of a word instead of looking at individual letters. Sure I'll make spelling mistakes here and there, but I'm only human.
People who tell me they are dyslexic and use it as an excuse as to why they are getting terrible grades/failing a course really annoy me. If it really affects you so badly there are funds available for laptops (I can read typed script far easier than someones hand writing and have to write in uppercase myself) and also scribes. There is no reason for anyone to have it bring down grades or cause them to fail.
I'll also point out when you mention this to people with 'Dyslexia' they seem to refuse it as it means they'll have to be diagnosed by a proffesional. When the results come back that they are just thick they'll no longer have that excuse to use.
It proper grinds my gears if you couldn't tell by the length of this reply. I did once tell a girl i worked with who had informed me she was dyslexic after she didn't understand a sentence I had said, yes that's right one that I had spoken, I simply said "Chick I am dyslexic, you are just stupid".
(, Mon 19 Oct 2009, 14:30, closed)
Funnily enough
One of the ways mine presents is understanding verbal communication - I'm terrible with strong accents. One of my dad's colleague's is Egyptian and I cannot - no matter how hard I concentrate or try - understand him. I have watched my father have whole conversations with him and only understood my dad's side of it. Unfortuantely, much as I LOVE a Scottish accent, some are completely unintelligible to me :(
(, Mon 19 Oct 2009, 16:30, closed)
the girl in question was also Scottish and from the same region as me.#
our accents were the same.
(, Tue 20 Oct 2009, 1:02, closed)
Then she was quite clearly an idiot

(, Tue 20 Oct 2009, 10:21, closed)
oh and it was the meaning of the sentence she was confused about, instead of just saying "you want me to do what sorry?" She played the D card.
(, Wed 21 Oct 2009, 0:11, closed)
I remember when Blue Peter was trying raise awareness of dyslexia
...and they had the usual spacker kids on there going (spacker voice) "I'm not stupid, I'm dyslexic". They never explained how the two are mutually exclusive.

Having said that, one of my best friends is a walking advert for dyslexia - he has trouble spelling his own name, yet recently got his PhD in neuroscience.
(, Mon 19 Oct 2009, 15:47, closed)
My Office Door had my Surname spelt wrong on it for two weeks
Then someone else noticed, t'was me who had written it.
(, Tue 20 Oct 2009, 1:04, closed)
Also applies to Asperger Syndrome
Because of people "self-diagnosing", a lot of people without it think it's not real.
(, Mon 19 Oct 2009, 21:15, closed)
is definitely used too loosely these days, and cheers, you just inspired a post.
(, Mon 19 Oct 2009, 22:30, closed)
I have swine flue
My Chimney has a picture of a pig on it
(, Tue 20 Oct 2009, 8:32, closed)

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