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Mr. Language Guy

Overheard on the T: "overexaggerate."  ...this got me annoyed at first, but my instinct was to think of how to use "underexaggerate" in a sentence.  And I came up with "Mr. President, I think you underexaggerated the threat Iraq poses in your State of the Union Address."  So I guess I can forgive this language construct.

Overheard on the T: "Next stop Porter Square, change for commuter rail.  Doors will open on your left."  It's really weird that the choice of doors that open depends on the direction the listener is facing.

Read in the Metro: "How did he pull in the reigns?"

Three in 30 minutes.  I gotta stop taking public transit.  ;-)

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seborn
Dec. 9th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
To continue falling back on the President:

"In 2000, the Presidential election was decided for George W. Bush in the US Supreme Court. Four years later, he won a majority of the popular and electoral votes despite having the lowest approval rating of a sitting president since Truman. How did he pull in the reigns?"

Sorry, I can't help with the doors. Just had a conversation yesterday about how mysterious left and right are and I'm still baffled.
76trombones
Dec. 9th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
Ow!
twe
Dec. 9th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)
It's really weird that the choice of doors that open depends on the direction the listener is facing.

I presume it's left & right based on the direction the train is heading. It's that way with cars. :)
chenoameg
Dec. 9th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
Would you rather they said "Doors will open on the west side of the car?"

I always figured that it was supposed to be "the left" meaning the left of the train car, not "your left" which as you point out assumes everyone is facing forward.
navrins
Dec. 9th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
See, this is exactly what the words "port" and "starboard" were invented for. "Doors will open on the port side of the car."
chenoameg
Dec. 9th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
stop taking public transit
Walk tomorrow?
whiteflowergirl
Dec. 9th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
Overheard on the T: "Next stop Porter Square, change for commuter rail. Doors will open on your left." It's really weird that the choice of doors that open depends on the direction the listener is facing.

this has bothered me too. :)

and this post reminds me of that time we went to see Spiderman and that four-year-oldish kid asked you when that movie was coming out that he wanted to see and you looked at your watch and responded with the precise number of days (rather than, "pretty soon" or "about a month"). :):):) do you remember that?

miss you. :)
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