b3ta.com qotw
You are not logged in. Login or Signup
Home » Question of the Week » Common » Post 282528 | Search
This is a question Common

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)
Pages: Latest, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, ... 1

« Go Back

answering the phone
Many people think answering the phone with "hello" is common. My mate took it to an extreme and answered the phone with a rather curt "What?"

So I started answering the phone with "Ahoy-hoy"
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:34, 15 replies)
How about

Guaranteed it's not common.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:47, closed)
I can't remember who...
...or why, but I remember reading about someone who answered "Telephone?". Always amused me, that.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:56, closed)
Here ya go!
How 'bout "Heaven-o?"

(Worksafe, but may make you feel a bit ill.)
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:07, closed)
that's not common
that's dangerously unhinged
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:08, closed)
Dangerously unhinged?
That's Texas, which is the place of origin of the Bush clan.

Yeah, I'd say you've got it right. (No offense, flirtingwithbadgers.)
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:12, closed)
It makes you wonder where it'll stop.
Have they adopted the phrase "purple heaven-met" as well?
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:13, closed)
Thats brilliant
The stupid/god-fearing Americans have truely outdone themselves with that one.

Id say they should win some sort of prize but that might spur them on.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:20, closed)
I'd be curious
to know if they're still doing this- that was eleven years ago, after all.

...what am I saying? This is Texas- of course they are!
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:24, closed)
From personal experience
I can tell you that answering the phone with "Speak Your Brains" really doesn't work.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:54, closed)
I bark
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 20:10, closed)
Mushy Mushy?
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 21:23, closed)
Moshi moshi
I think you mean.
(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 9:14, closed)
The Bird Is The Word!
Unfortunately, for everyone who rings me currently, they will be presented with this phase instead of the usual sturdy "hello" I normally give.

Damn you Family Guy!
(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 0:39, closed)
When the telephone was invented there was no etiquette concerning how to answer.
The first words proposed were Ahoy-hoy but then I think it was decided that that was a bit gay.
They then thought of something along the lines of 'please speak' but that didn't really work.
So they made up a whole new word 'hello'.
Before this Hello was not used as a greeting. The word Hullo existed as an expression of surprise, as in 'Hullo, what's this?'. Spelling it with an e was invented for use with the telephone.
(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 9:13, closed)
When i answer the phone..
I say nothing.
I like to wait and see what they say first.
(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 9:28, closed)

« Go Back

Pages: Latest, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, ... 1