REALLY obvious things you've just realised

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Clive Brooker » Sat May 11, 2019 7:46 pm

Mark James wrote:
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I've just found out that certain Irish names are pronounced nothing like their spelling like Niamh (neeve )
Padraic (porik) Eidlah (ailey )
They are pronounced how they are spelled. When you're taught how certain letter combos are pronounced in the Irish language they make sense. Certainly more sense than things like Worcestershire or Leicester or Featherstonehaugh. How is that last one fanshaw? Even when you learn the rules of pronunciation in English they don't make sense.
Bicester, Gloucester, Worcester, Leicester and many others - I don't think these are as illogical as you suggest. If you take away the -ster, you'd struggle to pronounce what you're left with as anything other than a single syllable, and suddenly they start to look more sensible.

The only example I can think of which appears to buck the trend is Cirencester. Maybe it's the only one with an extra syllable. Consistency could be achieved with Sirenster, but I don't think anyone says that.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:51 pm

The Nissan Sunny's name is derived from reversing the syllables of Nissan.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Ian Volante » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:44 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:51 pm
The Nissan Sunny's name is derived from reversing the syllables of Nissan.
That's not at all obvious.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:10 pm

Ian Volante wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:44 pm
Ben Wilson wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:51 pm
The Nissan Sunny's name is derived from reversing the syllables of Nissan.
That's not at all obvious.
Is that like when you repeat a two syllable word over and over.
So my surname would sound like kinme
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:07 pm

I used to think that the crown jewels were just the jewels in the queen's crown. In fact, I don't think it's that obvious that they aren't, but apparently they aren't. Most of you are probably finding out for the first time that they aren't.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Fiona T » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:18 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
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I used to think that the crown jewels were just the jewels in the queen's crown. In fact, I don't think it's that obvious that they aren't, but apparently they aren't. Most of you are probably finding out for the first time that they aren't.
What did you think the Elgin marbles were?

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark Deeks » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:30 pm

Not obvious until someone tells you, but, listen carefully - Lady Gaga doesn't say "pah-pah-pah-poker-face-pah-pah poker face", but "pah-pah-pah-pah-poker-face-pah-pah fuck her face".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bESGLojNYSo#t=1m13s
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:46 pm

Mark Deeks wrote:
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Not obvious until someone tells you, but, listen carefully - Lady Gaga doesn't say "pah-pah-pah-poker-face-pah-pah poker face", but "pah-pah-pah-pah-poker-face-pah-pah fuck her face".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bESGLojNYSo#t=1m13s
If anything I think it still sounds more like "puck" rather than "fuck".

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Paul Worsley » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:10 pm

Not obvious until someone tells you, but in the song Feel Like Making' Love by Bad Company, they actually sing "Feel like bacon, love?"

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by sean d » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:25 pm

Every, or nearly every, car dashboard has a little triangle beside an icon symbolising a petrol pump. This tells you what side of the car your petrol tank is.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:33 am

Probably obvious to the stalwarts here but I've only just discovered that Stewart Holden started this very forum
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:32 am

Marc Meakin wrote:
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Probably obvious to the stalwarts here but I've only just discovered that Stewart Holden started this very forum
Well he started c4countdown the Yahoo group, but it had been taken over by Charlie by the time it migrated here. So it depends on whether you consider this to be the "same forum".

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:25 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:32 am
Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:33 am
Probably obvious to the stalwarts here but I've only just discovered that Stewart Holden started this very forum
Well he started c4countdown the Yahoo group, but it had been taken over by Charlie by the time it migrated here. So it depends on whether you consider this to be the "same forum".
I'm only quoting from the Wiki which suggested the forum c4countdown was started by him
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:32 am

When I first started getting stuff from the Huffington Post in my Facebook feed, I would sometimes confuse it for a joke site like Daily Mash or Newsthump because it's got a joke-sounding name. Did no-one consider this drawback?

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Jon O'Neill » Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:30 pm

Here's one that I think fits the theme of this thread perfectly.

Basic potato peelers work in both directions.
Also you don't even have to remove the peeler from the surface of the potato to continue peeling.
This has more than doubled my potato peeling efficiency, and feels a lot safer too.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:44 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:
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Also you don't even have to remove the peeler from the surface of the potato to continue peeling.
I'd go so far as to say that if you do remove the peeler from the surface of the potato, you won't be able to continue peeling at all.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:53 am

Matt Morrison wrote:
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Jon O'Neill wrote: Also you don't even have to remove the peeler from the surface of the potato to continue peeling.
I'd go so far as to say that if you do remove the peeler from the surface of the potato, you won't be able to continue peeling at all.
I've never used a potato peeler.
Maybe I should post that on the correct thread
Although I do own one for carrots.
I like to just cut the peel off although more often than not I have Jackets or ready roast/ new potatoes
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:48 pm

Just found out today that the word is spelled prerogative and not perogative. I've never heard it pronounced prerogative in my 37 years. Also perogative comes up in my phone's predictive dictionary even though it's wrong.

Admittedly probably the only time I hear it pronounced is in the Bobby Brown song and he has to make it track lyrically but it just looks wrong to me and I'm going to make it my perogative to continue to spell and pronounce it wrong.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:36 pm

Having recently damaged my right knee o ordered a walking stick from Amazon.
I opened it and started using my right hand with the stick
Only to realise that you use the hand on your good leg instead.
Totally counter intuitive to my brain.
But it works.
Am I the only one to not get it
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:02 pm

Those things you have at parties that you blow into and they unwind and make a noise don't have a standard method name.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:43 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:02 pm
Those things you have at parties that you blow into and they unwind and make a noise don't have a standard method name.
Along with those things you make out of a sheet of A4 with numbers and colours and choices where you put your fingers in and wiggle
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Elliott Mellor » Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:06 pm

I only learnt about a month ago that it was Fred Astaire and not Freddy/Freddie Stair.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Fred Mumford » Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:16 pm

Fred Astaire ate my hamster.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:54 pm

Fred Mumford wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:16 pm
Fred Astaire ate my hamster.
I used to confuse him with Red Adair.
Didn't Fred Astaire dance with the woman with gum disease..... gingivitis 😀
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:00 am

ASMR is a thing
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