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"Old" boy? Well, you may be right. I can remember when there was no "social media". You had to go to a bar and buy endless drinks to be ignored by multiple women.  🙂

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10 hours ago, Fizzelle said:

Oh he's very adept, it's just that he doesn't want to adapt!

Yep, misspelled there, i'm,not a native English speaker, ofcourse i meant adapt.

 


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3 hours ago, Fizzelle said:

If it's not social media, then I'd like to know what is. Think your 1 in 1000 stats might be a little orff old boy.

I don't know if he's a little orff, but he might be a litlle off there.

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@Ron Attwood (Sorry, but it serves a purpose!😉 ), for what it's worth, I've never liked it myself but appreciate what it's for.

Would I be right in thinking you're dislike is the @ standing for "at" when it should really be "to" as in "This is addressed to"? Because that irks me too as it's poor grammar. If all social media platforms translated "@xxxxxx" as either "To xxxxxx" and highlighted it as it does on this very forum (or even just omitted the prefix altogether: highlighting "xxxxxx") , grammar sensitivities would no longer be insulted, but I suppose that would require a huge overhaul of every possible system using it, from websites to mobile device apps and so on.

But, it is what it is, a method of ensuring the person you are addressing is informed that you have done so. And, for that reason, I shall continue to use it (as sparingly as I can manage), even if it is through slightly gritted teeth.🙂

Regards, a committed "will never sign up to twitter" @109Sqn😉


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1 hour ago, Wildblue said:

I don't know if he's a little orff, but he might be a litlle off there.

I love a bit of Orff


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19 hours ago, MarkW said:

I thought the idea of doing this rather than just typing in the username is that is allows Avsim (or any other program) to send a notification to the user that they have been mentioned in a post....otherwise how would they know and be able to respond.  But what do I know....I don't use Twitter or Instagram, etc.  Thanks for brining this up @Ron Attwood

Exactly. For example, when I wanted to indicate I was tagging @Ron Attwood in a most (most likely to bring to his attention) I could use the @  simbol. Which is confusing to write without it becoming @simbol 


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25 minutes ago, KL Oo said:

Exactly. For example, when I wanted to indicate I was tagging @Ron Attwood in a most (most likely to bring to his attention) I could use the @  simbol. Which is confusing to write without it becoming @simbol 

Who is mentioning me? lol 

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9 hours ago, W2DR said:

"Old" boy? Well, you may be right. I can remember when there was no "social media". You had to go to a bar and buy endless drinks to be ignored by multiple women.  🙂

Sorry, English is my first language and may be confusing. The "old boy" is nothing to do with age. It's sort of an old tradition (here's one explanation) that when one chats to another person, if they're of the same social status or background,  or from the same school, one used to say "old boy" as in old boy of the same school, or internet forum to update the analogy.

No that doesn't really read very well but I hope the general explanation makes sense enough to understand the context of my remarks. 

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Top hole explanation there Fizzelle, old son! :cool:

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Agree with Ron and 109Sqn (sorry, no @)  The flightsim forums and email are my only "social media".   My bet is that the average Jr. High School or High School student has no idea how to write and send a letter through the "Snail Mail".

I don't particularly like the @ sign.  But it is part of the AVSIM system, so will live with it and try not using it.

Sorry, I'm showing my age....Middle  School replaced Jr. High a long time ago. :biggrin:

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3 hours ago, Fizzelle said:

The "old boy" is nothing to do with age.

I sort of had my tongue in my cheek when I said that. I just love some of the English words and phrases. I'm reminded me of the time a couple from Bridgewater moved here (Florida) and bought a house just down the street from us. They had been here about two weeks when our doorbell rang one evening. I opened the door and there stood one of our new English neighbors. With the nicest of smiles she wished me a good  evening and asked me if I'd seen her pussy. It took me a moment to realize she was looking for her cat.

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Indeed! James Bond started it all in the film Goldfinger when he woke up in the aeroplane and found her (Pussy Galore) leaning over him. "Ah, pooozzzy", he purred. (RIP Sean).

It then came to prominence in an English sitcom (set in a department store) called "Are you being served". One of the assistants, a Mrs Slocombe, was always being asked by her manager why she was late for work. She'd inevitably reply, "I've had trouble with my pussy", to howls of laughter from the audience. Worth checking out on YouTube where you'll come across another catch-phrase from one of the characters (who was gay but only hinted at in the series), "I'm free"!

Ah the 1960s and 1970s and songs like "Didn't we have a wonderful time the day we went to Bangor" etc.

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12 hours ago, Wildblue said:

I don't know if he's a little orff, but he might be a litlle off there.

Actually I just wanted to explain this orff business too as it goes with the "old boy" part. It's a sort of snobbish thing and goes hand-in-hand with it.

One example of it in use is Michael Caine in the 1960s film "The Italian Job". His character is talking to the garage owner where he had been storing his Aston Martin whilst he was "inside". He had the man open the bonnet (hood in the USA) so he could retrieve his stash of cash from the engine department. He then went into a long pretext as to whether sufficient air was getting into the carburettor and asked the man if he thought it needed more air (leaning the mixture) as he thought it may be a little "orff". Michael's character was being played as upper class or snobbish when (like me) he was just ordinary (ornery in the USA), and he was trying to show how upper class he thought he was.

No offence meant, I was just mucking about. I am far from snobbish etc. Superior maybe, but not snobbish. However please don't speak to my wife who may well hold a contrary view.

Hmm prolly didn't explain that very well either. But note the careful use of aircraft type expressions to keep it within context for a flight sim forum!

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