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#124273 - 08/11/2002 08:15 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: lastdan]
lectric
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Registered: 20/01/2002
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Loc: New Orleans, LA
That reminds me of a neat bit of trivia. Why are green olives always stored in jars, but black always stored in cans?

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#124274 - 08/11/2002 08:35 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: wfaulk]
rob
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Registered: 21/05/1999
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Loc: Cambridge UK
You've been eating at some crappy restaurants.

..but they told me that Denny's is the backbone of American cuisine!

Rob

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#124275 - 08/11/2002 09:21 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: rob]
BleachLPB
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Registered: 01/11/2001
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..but they told me that Denny's is the backbone of American cuisine!

No, its the other way around. Denny's is just a crappy implementation of American Cuisine, which I suppose isn't really saying much.

No matter how much you polish a turd...
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#124276 - 08/11/2002 09:48 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: BleachLPB]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
Hey! American ``cuisine'' is certainly no worse than British ``cuisine''.
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#124277 - 08/11/2002 09:58 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: tfabris]
davec
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Registered: 18/08/2000
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Loc: Georgetown, TX USA
I would like Subway if they didn't all smell funny and feel stuffy/humid whenever I walked into them. Anyone else notice this, or is it just a fluke of the few I've been in?

We have one in Austin that used to have a guy that would sweat all the time and it would land on the counter and sandwiches. He's gone now so we can go back to that Subway. But you're right, they all smell the same...

My favorite experience at Subway was when I ordered the usual 12" turkey on wheat, no cheese no mayo, just spicy mustard and all the veggies.
He slaps on the mayo and I say, "NO MAYO."
To which he responds, "*sigh* It's just a little can't I leave it on there?"
Reminded me of the commercial where the guy says to the waitress, "I asked for no mayo" so she wipes it on the edge of the table and gives it back...
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#124278 - 08/11/2002 10:05 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: davec]
wfaulk
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That reminds me of my favorite ``no mayo'' story.

I was down at my local sit-down college eatery (Two Guys) one day and ordered, IIRC, a fried chicken sandwich, for which I requested no mayo. The waitress seemed to have been confounded by this, and started trying to convince me that I wanted mayo on the sandwich. This two-minute (!) ``conversation'' ended with the following couplet:

``Come on. We'll just put a little mayonnaise on it; you won't even taste it.''

``If I can't taste it, why would I want it on there?''

True story.
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#124279 - 08/11/2002 10:16 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: Dignan]
butter
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Registered: 07/03/2002
Posts: 211
Loc: State side
This gets to one of my pet peeves. The conversation usually goes like this..

/me "I'll take a medium soda."
/them "we don't have mediums. Just small, large, and extra large"
/me "wouldn't your large be a medium then?"
/them "I guess"
/me "okay, I'll take a medium soda"
/them "would you like to biggie/super/king size that for an additional $.39?
/me "cancel my drink, I'll get something at home."

and as for the sub debate, my vote goes to cousin's.
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#124280 - 08/11/2002 10:19 No Mayo [Re: wfaulk]
davec
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Registered: 18/08/2000
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Loc: Georgetown, TX USA
It's all part of some kind of Great Mayonnaise Conspiracy. It's still in it's infancy because I can't find any info on the web...
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#124281 - 08/11/2002 10:24 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: davec]
peter
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Registered: 13/07/2000
Posts: 4141
Loc: Cambridge, England
the usual 12" turkey on wheat, no cheese no mayo, just spicy mustard and all the veggies

Perhaps a secondary objective of Subway's we-make-you-do-all-the-work policy is to create meals that use more calories to order than you derive from eating them?

At least I understand nowadays (which I didn't when I first saw it) why the line "Give me ham on five, hold the mayo" from Airplane is funny, although I still don't know what "on five" refers to...

Peter

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#124282 - 08/11/2002 10:24 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: lectric]
andy
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Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
Why are green olives always stored in jars, but black always stored in cans?

They aren't, I've seen some black olives for sale in the UK in jars.
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#124283 - 08/11/2002 10:30 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: wfaulk]
matthew_k
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Registered: 12/02/2002
Posts: 2287
Loc: Berkeley, California
In reply to:

``If I can't taste it, why would I want it on there?''




Well, in cooking, it's quite possible to add something that has an effect that you can't specifically taste. Vegetables should have some salt on them, but if you taste the salt, there's too much. I agree wholeheartedly on the no-mayo sentiment however. I've had to modify my "No mayo just mustard" line however, as i've found one in ten time my usual sandwich place(Cheese 'N' Stuff in Berkeley) takes that as me asking for nothing but sandwich meat and mustard, even though i've asked for a "deluxe" which comes with all the fixing.

Matthew

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#124284 - 08/11/2002 11:06 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: Dignan]
BAKup
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Registered: 11/11/2001
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Loc: Houston, TX
(except for Dr Pepper, which shouldn't be owned by them)

Pepsi doesn't own Dr Pepper, they're just bottling/canning and distributing it in your area. Here in Houston, TX it says on the can in front of me "Canned by Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Houston Inc., Houston, Texas 77054 under the authority of Dr Pepper Company, Plano Texas 75024."

When I was in Seattle, the Dr Pepper was bottled by Coca-Cola. It all depends on which part of the world.
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#124285 - 08/11/2002 11:19 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: BAKup]
Dignan
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Loc: Sterling, VA
Once again, I didn't mean to say "owned". In my area, they might as well be becuase Dr Pepper is not sold in a non-Pepsi location. This includes restaurants, movie theaters, vending machines, etc.
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#124286 - 08/11/2002 11:21 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: peter]
tfabris
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At least I understand nowadays (which I didn't when I first saw it) why the line "Give me ham on five, hold the mayo" from Airplane is funny, although I still don't know what "on five" refers to...

It was meant as a phonetic pun of "Give me ham on rye, hold the mayo".
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#124287 - 08/11/2002 11:21 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: andy]
lectric
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Registered: 20/01/2002
Posts: 2081
Loc: New Orleans, LA
Well, some of the more expensive black olives come in jars, which leads us to the answer. Black olives are stored in oil, green olives are stored in brine. Brine would eat through a tin can in about a week, so to avoid a really icky mess, green olives get stored in jars. However, jars are by far more expensive than cans, so since black olives are safe in tin cans, they get stored that way. Some black olives are sold in jars for convenience and because it looks better, but at a premium price.

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#124288 - 08/11/2002 12:10 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: drakino]
butter
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I've never been to a Quiznos before so I stopped there for lunch today and ordered this sandwich. I don't know which was more fun, trying to explain exactly what I wanted to the bewilderment of the employees, watching the manager stare with that look that dogs get when you talk to them as my sandwich came out of the toaster, or after staring at the sandwich for 20 seconds watching the manager proceed to tell the employees how to make a correct beefeater ("with beef!" he exclaimed).
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#124289 - 08/11/2002 12:42 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: lectric]
genixia
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Brine would eat through a tin can in about a week..


I don't know whether you find it in the US, but in the UK you can buy canned Tuna in brine.
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#124290 - 08/11/2002 12:56 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: genixia]
lastdan
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Registered: 31/05/2002
Posts: 352
Loc: santa cruz,ca
did ya ever notice that some butter comes in papper wrap and others in foil? there is a reason for this. has to do with how it will hold up under light.
weird.

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#124291 - 08/11/2002 13:15 Re: Dialects of US English [Re: genixia]
lectric
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Registered: 20/01/2002
Posts: 2081
Loc: New Orleans, LA
You'll notice the inside of these cans is coated in a layer of plastic. This is also expensive.

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