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Freddy Woo writes, "My wife thinks calling the front room a lounge is common. Worse, a friend of hers recently admonished her daughter for calling a toilet, a toilet. Lavatory darling. It's lavatory."

My own mother refused to let me use the word 'oblong' instead of 'rectangle'. Which is just odd, to be honest.

What stuff do you think is common?

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:06)
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I'm going to get slaughtered for this one...
When someone dies in a car accident and the family hang flowers and football shirts where it happened.

(Ducks for cover.)
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:22, 37 replies)
There's been a constant display of flowers on the junction of Hyde Road and Pottery Lane in Manchester for well over a year now.

Dad - not mine, but whomever the flowers are supposed to commemorate - isn't any less dead for it.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:23, closed)
if people are still being killed there, despite the permanent flower display, it's a sign that the gene pool is being thoroughly cleaned?

Or are they long dead flowers that should have been cleared away by now?
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:27, closed)
I think...
... it's a sort of rolling display.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:29, closed)
in action.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:33, closed)
In Greece
they put up permanent religious icons.

There's hundreds of the feckers by the roadsides in Kos. Which is hardly any wonder, when you see the way the Greeks drive...
(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 13:41, closed)
I agree!
I saw such a display where this joyriding kid had ploughed into a lampost and killed himself.

There was a wreath with "World's Best Brother" picked out in flowers.

I have two problems with this:

1) That's a fucking spurious claim anyway. How many other people have brothers/ are brothers. A few billion I would say.

2) He was blatantly a thieving, joy-riding little cunt and deserved everything he got.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:25, closed)
mourning sickness;
terrible affliction.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:27, closed)
That's good.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:29, closed)
*spangs CHCB*
*remembers for future reference*
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:36, closed)
Slow down
My friend says that if she died in a car accident, she wouldn't want bunches of flowers, as her opinion of them is similar to yours. Instead she wants a giant statue of her saying "SLOW DOWN" as it moved it's arm up and down in the style of a traffic policeman.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:29, closed)
What if the accident occured not through speed of her or any other vehcle
Say by an unexpected horse falling from the sky
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 13:57, closed)
This was the subject of a Viz 'Top Tip'.
Local councils! Save money on road signs near danger spots by hanging wreaths on nearby trees!
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:37, closed)
I really don't understand this either
What's the obsession with putting a display of flowers at the position of death of someone who died in a road accident?

Why only road accidents? If someone dies in a hospital, that doesn't happen - or the hospitals would look like the back yard of Homebase permanently. Likewise, last time I saw it, Beachy Head didn't look like the Chelsea fucking flower show either...
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:39, closed)
Oh hell yeah.
I've forbidden my family to place *anything* at the roadside if, heaven forfend, I shuffle off this mortal ignition pack in an RTA.

The one that always stuck on my mind was the Celtic shirt on a wee wooden cross beside the A80 just south of Scumbernauld, on the southbound carriageway. Other betans from around the area may well remember it, a few years ago. It was there for quite a while, getting gradually mankier and tattier as salt spray and diesel fumes took their toll, until eventually it was cleared away. Yeah, that's a great way to remember your mate, peg a cheap football shirt up and then leave it to get more and more ragged. Yeah, just lovely.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:39, closed)
A poignant metaphor i feel!
The degradation of the symbol of his friend mirroring the inevitable decomposition of the empty shell mouldering in the ground.

Unless he was cremated, then it's just inappropriate.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:43, closed)
Hehe click
And they all have names like Karl.

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:40, closed)

(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 20:32, closed)
That's something I really hate seeing too
and, not that I suspect they would do it, I have warned my family that should I ever meet a gory end in such a fashion, they are under no circumstances to waste perfectly good flowers by tying them to a tree or whatever.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:40, closed)
What if the car exploded?
Where would you leave the wreath?
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:43, closed)
as Glasvegas put it:
no sweeping exits
no hollywood endings
flowers and football tops
don’t mean a thing.

my baby is six feet under
just another number
my daughter without her brother

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:48, closed)
Hold the lynchin', boys
Nope, you're totally correct.
At the moment there are three Argos Cenotaphs within the space of half a mile on the way to my work.
One is sacred to the memory of two little shits who were killed in a police chase having held up a petrol station. Fallen Souljahs innit?
The second is such a distraction that it caused a rear-end shunt yesterday evening (it's near a main junction on the A1) and the third is a tatty old mess that no-one feels able to clear away.

Does anyone ever remember seeing this before the death of Diana, Queen of Tarts? I believe the phrase is grief inflation.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:48, closed)
Argos Cenotaphs
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:54, closed)
He deserves an award for that one!
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 17:50, closed)
I know the ones you mean
Seriously, what's with that one on the A1 heading to Apex Corner? It's huge.

I'm harbouring a suspicion someone got knocked over, then someone else got flattened trying to put flowers or an England flag on the crash barrier in the middle of the road, which lead to another round of flowers and flag attempts, leading to another death, and another round of flowers, and...

At least, I hope so. That way, the population of people who would leave flowers by the roadside is slowly being diminished.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 17:02, closed)
The police chase started at Dollis Hill - I'm surprised they got that far!
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 17:26, closed)
Oh I remember them
before Di died.

Argos Cenotaphs LOL
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 17:40, closed)
Argos Cenotaphs

*notes down for future use*
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 18:30, closed)
I've told my family if I should ever die in a traffic accident, if they lay flowers I'm coming back to haunt them. Worst I ever saw was on the A71, amidst all the garage bouquets and footy shirts, a poster of SHREK of all things...
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 20:33, closed)
I think
you have won

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 21:00, closed)
"Argos Cenotaph"
wonderful! Thank you Picketywitch Finder
and also for reminding me of another item for my will! along with no visits from politicians if I'm in a hospital bed, ever!
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 21:58, closed)
Happened near me
When a kid I used to teach got in a car when still 16 and piled into a brick wall.

There was a massive load of shirts, flowers and graffiti at the school (he didn't even go there)

I've spoken about this story before and while I'd not wish it on anyone the lad was a massive chav.

There were vigils and all sorts, weird...
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 11:47, closed)
Even worse
if that is possible, is when the person hasn't even died, yet their fuckwitted family/friends feel the urge to go and blow their dole money on some tat to leave by the side of the road.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 12:28, closed)
It has its lighter side
Crashes in February are a great way to get a free Valentine's Day bouquet for the missus :).
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 17:06, closed)
totally agree.
all it does is to let everyone know that, as well as being dead, this person is also related to pikey fuckers.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 19:42, closed)
I saw one of these
and within all the bunches of flowers there was a box of frosties. WTF?
(, Sun 19 Oct 2008, 12:18, closed)
Perhaps they were a tiger
Or they were called "Tony" - but Frosties is surely chavlet food along with Shreddies and anything choclatey that's not Cocoa Pops.

(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 14:23, closed)
Here, here
Bloody Gypsie chintz.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 14:02, closed)

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