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Simplex3
07-11-2005, 05:45 PM
So I just took a call from another headhunter. Her accent is SOOOO thick (Indian I'm guessing) that I can only make out about every 4th word when she's speaking slowly. When she ramps up all bets are off and she may as well be speaking her native language. She must be bad because as a coder I speak to people from India with some frequency.

So after about 15m of me asking her to repeat herself I finally make out that she's trying to send me an email and wants to verify if I'll respond or not. Sure, I say, hoping like hell the email contains some of the details I'm obviosly missing from our conversation.

So I'm scanning my email box (I hand out one that is chock full of spam) looking for Apala, Gayatri, Hariti, Shitala, or some other equally ethnic name. While I'm looking I notice that I got another email from some headhunter named "Laura Brown". I'm checking that out when I notice I just got another one from Laura Brown. IT'S HER.

So here's the question: What's with the Americanized name? If I can't understand a word that's coming out of your mouth you might as well have a name I can't pronounce.

Rain Man
07-11-2005, 05:52 PM
I think it's so you won't know that she's foreign when you talk to her.

Donger
07-11-2005, 05:54 PM
No different than me turning off my accent when I think it's either appropriate or beneficial (or the reverse).

4th and Long
07-11-2005, 05:56 PM
It's all about discrimination. My Great Grandparents and a boat load of their family came over from Italy. Their last name was Shortino. Half of them changed it to Short, hoping to fit in. Nevernind the fact that the majority of that half didn't speak a lick of English.

Phobia
07-11-2005, 05:57 PM
NEW YORK CITY?!?!

4th and Long
07-11-2005, 05:57 PM
No different than me turning off my accent when I think it's either appropriate or beneficial (or the reverse).
What accent is that? You apparently don't type with an accent, or if you do, you cover it up very well.

Simplex3
07-11-2005, 06:00 PM
No different than me turning off my accent when I think it's either appropriate or beneficial (or the reverse).
Eritrean?

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-473675-eritrea_vacations-i

On a side note, how f**king weak is your military when you can't beat down the Ethiopians?

On second thought, it might be damn hard to hit someone not thicker than a pencil. :shrug:

Donger
07-11-2005, 06:01 PM
What accent is that? You apparently don't type with an accent, or if you do, you cover it up very well.

I was born and raised in the United Kingdom.

Pants
07-11-2005, 06:01 PM
What accent is that? You apparently don't type with an accent, or if you do, you cover it up very well.

He's a crooked-toofed bastard.

4th and Long
07-11-2005, 06:03 PM
I was born and raised in the United Kingdom.
Oh! Right then, Gov!

Donger
07-11-2005, 06:05 PM
He's a crooked-toofed bastard.

That's "toothed," you f*cking Slav.

Donger
07-11-2005, 06:06 PM
Oh! Right then, Gov!

Heh. If one were to speak like that where I grew up, a rather rapid a$$ stomping would have commenced at once.

Pants
07-11-2005, 06:08 PM
That's "toothed," you f*cking Slav.

ROFL

At least my toofs were always straight.

4th and Long
07-11-2005, 06:09 PM
Heh. If one were to speak like that where I grew up, a rather rapid a$$ stomping would have commenced at once.
I probably shouldn't throw in a "Chip, Chip, Cheerio!" then, huh?

Donger
07-11-2005, 06:09 PM
ROFL

At least my toofs were always straight.

As are mine. Of course, my parents had supplemental, private health insurance on top of our 'free' socialistic health coverage.

Donger
07-11-2005, 06:11 PM
I probably shouldn't throw in a "Chip, Chip, Cheerio!" then, huh?

Not unless you want me to kick you in the Niagra Falls, no.

Pants
07-11-2005, 06:15 PM
As are mine. Of course, my parents had supplemental, private health insurance on top of our 'free' socialistic health coverage.

Here's how some of my teeth were taken out: going to the school dentist so the bitch could do a check up - "Oh, I see this one is a little loose - don't worry I'm only gonna take a look" *SNAP*

**** Lying bitch!

4th and Long
07-11-2005, 06:19 PM
Not unless you want me to kick you in the Niagra Falls, no.
Niagra Falls? Is that some Brittish term for a part of my body?

Donger
07-11-2005, 06:22 PM
Here's how some of my teeth were taken out: going to the school dentist so the bitch could do a check up - "Oh, I see this one is a little loose - don't worry I'm only gonna take a look" *SNAP*

**** Lying bitch!

Heh. I had the exact opposite experience. The toothhelper/nurse that worked on my brothers' and my teeth had enormous breasts and wore a uniform that was cut down basically to her navel.

I loved going to the dentist.

Donger
07-11-2005, 06:22 PM
Niagra Falls? Is that some Brittish term for a part of my body?

Cockney slang.

4th and Long
07-11-2005, 06:24 PM
Cockney slang.
I can see I need to brush up on my Cockney slang. Man, that sounded dirty.

Donger
07-11-2005, 06:28 PM
I can see I need to brush up on my Cockney slang. Man, that sounded dirty.

I used to be virtually fluent in it. My Dad and I still use it sometimes, just to annoy other family members.

4th and Long
07-11-2005, 06:38 PM
It's all about cultural differences. For example ...

Aussies: Dislike being mistaken for Pommies (Brits) when abroad.
Canadians: Are rather indignant about being mistaken for Americans when abroad.
Americans: Encourage being mistaken for Canadians when abroad.
Brits: Can't possibly be mistaken for anyone else when abroad.

Aussies: Believe you should look out for your mates.
Brits: Believe that you should look out for those people who belong to your club.
Americans: Believe that people should look out for & take care of themselves.
Canadians: Believe that that's the government's job.

Aussies: Are extremely patriotic to their beer.
Americans: Are flag-waving, anthem-singing, and obsessively patriotic to the point of blindness.
Canadians: Can't agree on the words to their anthem, when they can be bothered to sing them.
Brits: Do not sing at all but prefer a large brass band to perform the anthem.

Americans: Spend most of their lives glued to the idiot box.
Canadians: Don't, but only because they can't get more American channels.
Brits: Pay a tax just so they can watch four channels.
Aussies: Export all their crappy programs, which no-one there watches,
to Britain, where everybody loves them.

Americans: Will jabber on incessantly about football, baseball, and basketball.
Brits: Will jabber on incessantly about cricket, soccer, and rugby.
Canadians: Will jabber on incessantly about hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, and how they beat the Americans twice, playing baseball.
Aussies: Will jabber on incessantly about how they beat the Poms in every sport they play them in.

Americans: Spell words differently, but still call it "English".
Brits: Pronounce their words differently, but still call it "English".
Canadians: Spell like the Brits, pronounce like Americans.
Aussies: Add "G'day", "mate" and a heavy accent to everything they say in an attempt to get laid.

Brits: Shop at home and have goods imported because they live on an island.
Aussies: Shop at home and have goods imported because they live on an island.
Americans: Cross the southern border for cheap shopping, gas, & liquor in a backwards country.
Canadians: Cross the southern border for cheap shopping, gas, & liquor in a backwards country.

Americans: Drink weak, pissy-tasting beer.
Canadians: Drink strong, pissy-tasting beer.
Brits: Drink warm, beery-tasting piss.
Aussies: Drink anything with alcohol in it.

Americans: Seem to think that poverty & failure are morally suspect.
Canadians: Seem to believe that wealth and success are morally suspect.
Brits: Seem to believe that wealth, poverty, success and failure are inherited things.
Aussies: Seem to think that none of this matters after several beers.