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Old 02-28-2019, 04:40 AM
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We call it the rolling roadblock, and if I'm not feeling that generous I yell at them for being speed-matchers.
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Old 02-28-2019, 06:45 AM
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A car that is in the passing lane, but is not going faster than cars that are not in the passing lane. Annoying!
And illegal in a number of places.
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:17 AM
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I'm annoyed that solder and soldering are pronounced differently in the UK and the USA, even though they mean the same thing and are spelt the same.

I'm not saying which pronunciation is 'correct' (there is no such thing as 'correct' pronunciation IMO)
For what it's worth, when I first encountered the word, I assumed it had the British pronunciation (rhyming with folder).

But apparently the American pronunciation may preserve the original sound, and the spelling with 'l' might have been favored to represent the etymology (it's related to "solid").

I would prefer if English stopped having such stupid spelling, in which case we should either pronounce it like folder and keep the spelling the same, or change the spelling to sodder. I don't have a strong preference, but I do think it's dumb how silent letters have been inserted into other words for similar reasons (like in debt, doubt or receipt), sometimes incorrectly as in island (from Old English iegland, not Latin insula) or ptarmigan (Celtic, not Greek, so not a justified silent p).

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We call it the rolling roadblock, and if I'm not feeling that generous I yell at them for being speed-matchers.
Way back in probably the late 80s early 90s, there was a guy around here who used to do that. He had some ridiculous big vehicle like a Hummer or something, and he'd pace another large vehicle during these stretches where the highway between Denver and Boulder was two lanes.

And he'd post about it on local newsgroups, so there was always a thread about it in the Boulder group. His argument was that speeding was illegal and what he was doing wasn't. (Which was true at the time.)
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And in America I am from Winston-Salem. :shrug:
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Two ladies at Costco yesterday. Standing in front of the doorway cart to cart talking to each other so you had to walk your cart in a loop by the exit door and around them to get by. As if nobody else going to Costco would ever need to get into the store. They were still there when I left. I should have made a snow plow noise and barreled through them demolition derby style.

Move off to the side and catch up with each other, or better yet go somewhere nicer then the Costco entrance to talk for a half hour.
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