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The thing. That one with the thing? [Apr. 25th, 2012|08:06 pm]
Nicodemus
(I've been very busy lately, including traveling this past weekend. I have some other items I want to post but, in lieu of substance, enjoy this poll instead!)


Poll #1836318 No, that other thing...

“Hey, could you hand me that -- no, over there -- that… y’know, the…”

Thingamajig
16(43.2%)
Thingamajigger
5(13.5%)
Thingamabob
3(8.1%)
Doodad
2(5.4%)
Doohickey
3(8.1%)
Doomaflatchie
0(0.0%)
Whatsit
2(5.4%)
Whatchamacallit
5(13.5%)
Whateveritis
1(2.7%)

“Thanks.”

You're welcome.
5(12.5%)
No problem!
33(82.5%)
Next time, get it yourself!
0(0.0%)
Dude. I mean, dude? Totally weasel, dude.
2(5.0%)
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[User Picture]From: jackalopejess
2012-04-26 03:26 am (UTC)
I typically leave out the 'ma' and say 'whatchacallit.' =]
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2012-04-26 03:45 am (UTC)
I tend to use "thingie" and "wossname."

And it annoys the hell out of me when the response to "Thank you" is "no problem," which manages to remind me that it's an imposition to have asked someone something, even if it's someone's job to have, say, handed me a bill.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-04-26 04:50 am (UTC)
I tend to say "No problem" a lot, I'm afraid. Though I generally use it when I'm doing something for someone else's benefit; there are situations, as you mention, where it isn't really appropriate.
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2012-04-26 04:56 am (UTC)
It's all right, I forgive you.

I think it's also a generational thing. I grew up before "no problem" was part of the vernacular.
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[User Picture]From: crocodile
2012-04-26 06:00 am (UTC)
I have thought about this many times, because I say NP too and it isn't until I stop and think that I realize that while my intention is good, "you're welcome" makes a lot more sense and probably sounds better.
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[User Picture]From: orv
2012-04-26 08:45 pm (UTC)
"You're welcome" just feels stilted to me somehow.
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[User Picture]From: jackalopejess
2012-04-27 01:11 am (UTC)
It's not so inappropriate in France. When someone says "merci," which is "thank you" the correct response would be "de rien," which just about translates to "it's nothing." =]
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2012-04-27 01:28 am (UTC)
I've read that in Japan (or maybe it's China; I'm sorry, I don't remember), the response translates to something like, "It is not worth mentioning." But the US isn't a very self-effacing society, which is why it rings false to me.

But I'm just being a fuddy duddy.
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[User Picture]From: henriekeg
2012-04-26 09:42 am (UTC)
Thingamawhizz!
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[User Picture]From: toorsdenote
2012-04-26 09:15 pm (UTC)
I voted with the closest to my answers, but in reality I would say "thingy" and "no worries," respectively.
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2012-04-27 03:35 am (UTC)
I tend to look for a "whojamawhatsit", myself. ;)
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[User Picture]From: wxkat
2012-04-27 07:09 am (UTC)
My response to the first poll question? None of the above. I use "da kine" instead. :)

In Hawaiian, "a'ole pilikia" generally means "you're welcome," but I believe it literally translates to "no problem" or "no trouble."
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-04-28 03:59 am (UTC)
I'd never heard of "da kine" and had to look it up. Very cool.
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[User Picture]From: captpackrat
2012-04-27 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thingamadoodle
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-04-28 03:57 am (UTC)
Good answer and good icon for it. :)
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[User Picture]From: athelind
2012-04-28 01:29 am (UTC)

No, not the one in my icon.

"The THING. You know. Yeah, that thing."

Edited at 2012-04-28 01:30 am (UTC)
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