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Message 2969 of 373712 June 2013 at 1:44pm | IP Logged
|It might be Duck brand, but it's
still "duct tape".
Even the website indicates as such. In very fine print. To be clearer, a simple
capital D would have helped some of us realize it was the brand.
Wow, I didn't think my harmless and intentionally light-hearted "language nerd" post
would cause so much disquiet today. I better change to a capital D before there's any
more trouble. ;)
Just for the record books though, "duct tape" is defined as "cloth-backed adhesive
tape", and my surprisingly controversial roll is simply the clear (no pun intended)
non-cloth adhesive variety (we tend to just call this "Sellotape" back in Ol' Blighty,
with or without the capital "S").
I've also learned through these shenanigans today that the term "duck tape" can be used
synonymously with "duct tape" anyway.
In my humble case, the roll is labelled "Duck HDClear Heavy Duty Packaging Tape",
however on second glance, I'm very pleased to discover all this nonsense was worth the
further inspection, as it also states "Ruban d'emballage à haute performance" in French
below and "HECHO EN CHINA" in Spanish on the back of the roll (the more target language
words on my packaging materials, the better!).
But what is gaffer tape? Is it the same as duct tape (or d|Duck tape?). This is one of
those things (like the offside rule) that I'm sure real men are just supposed to know,
and to ask is a sign of weakness,,,
Gaffer tape is like duct tape but different in that it comes off cleanly for some
reason. It tends to be used by lighting and staging crews a lot, also its
almost...pressure sensitive in the way it can distribute pressure and weight so its
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Message 2970 of 373712 June 2013 at 7:21pm | IP Logged
Gaffer tape is the best!
Also the best: getting banner ads in languages you're not even studying.
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Message 2971 of 373717 June 2013 at 9:59pm | IP Logged
You know you're a language nerd when you're excited to be asked to sing at a Korean wedding but disappointed when they want you to sing in English...even though you've never, ever studied Korean.
And then you start wondering how the song would sound in Spanish because your best friend and language buddy lives in Spain!
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Message 2972 of 373719 June 2013 at 4:25pm | IP Logged
When you feel you've wasted your commuting time and feel really bad about it when you
don't prepare a Pimsleur lesson or a language podcast to listen to while going to work or
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Message 2973 of 373724 June 2013 at 1:46am | IP Logged
- when you and your older sister entertain the idea of taking a sister trip to Europe and
when wondering what country we both ask ourselves: "What language would we like to pick
up?" before anything else. Yep, it's true. I got my love for languages from her.
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Message 2974 of 373724 June 2013 at 10:07am | IP Logged
When you're sort of dissappointed because your twin brother is one of those "English is
all I need"-people...
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Message 2975 of 373724 June 2013 at 2:38pm | IP Logged
When you pick up election information materials in all the languages you can get (even Arabic and Chinese, which have writing systems you cannot read), even though you're already familiar with how an election works in your country.
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Message 2976 of 373725 June 2013 at 1:02am | IP Logged
When you spy the words "Polish Station" on a sign whilst out with your wife, experience a sudden flicker of childlike joy, and then watch that flame fizzle out as you realise it's just a bunch of nail varnish.|
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