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Jun. 4th, 2008

11:12 pm - A thing of interest and a thing of annoyance

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Thing of interest:

I got an unexpected package today! It came in a very large box but was surprisingly very light. What could it be? I opened it, and it was a poster from Morphicon. See, those of us who paid for hypertrophe-level registrations got custom-made badges by Kattywampus, and in keeping with the Hollywood theme of this year's con, they were parodies of movie posters. Mine looked like this, and the others can be seen by browsing through Kattywampus's gallery.

The hypertrophe badges were also made into poster-size, um, posters, mounted on foamcore, and placed in various rooms throughout the con. Mine was in the video room. When Morphicon was over, someone asked me if I'd like to take mine home with me. I was interested, but I said I wouldn't be able to take it on the plane (my suitcase isn't *that* big!), so he offered to mail it to me. Today, it arrived. Thanks, Morphicon staff!




Thing of annoyance:

Well, a minor nuisance, really. I went to Jack in the Box today to get Dad a sirloin burger, and I learned yet another pitfall of terminology there. I asked for regular fries, but I saw on the screen she added small fries to my order. I said, no, I want regular, not small.

She said, "Small is regular."

No, it's *not*! Regular is *medium*! Nobody calls small "regular"!

Current Mood: confusedinterested and annoyed

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
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Yeah, or in terms of soda, "not diet".
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From:palabrajot
Date:June 5th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
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Friend of mine and I went to a KFC and ordered a couple of three-piece meals. The lady working the register, who looked like she'd been at her post for three weeks straight, asked us what size we wanted. That's how we heard it, anyway. The pair of us stared uncomprehendingly for a while, and didn't know quite how to answer.

It shortly became clear she was asking what sides we want, of course. I somehow felt she'd share a good chuckle at the confusion, but instead she just gaped and shook her head like she had two of the stupidest customers on earth.
What size. Pfft. Extra big birds for me! My buddy's on Atkins, just give him a sparrow or something. But toss me a couple ostrich legs in a bucket with the honey mustard sauce, sil vous plait!
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From:darksasami
Date:June 5th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
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Just a data point: regular has always meant small for fries, drinks, and popcorn everywhere I've gone for all my life.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
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Only when there's no "medium", though, riiiiiight?
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 5th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
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Huh. My experience is more like KT's.
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From:barberio
Date:June 5th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
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I think 'they' decided to stop offering 'small' food portions a long time ago, because people didn't seem to like ordering anything 'small'.

At least you weren't trying to order at starbucks. I always have a little pause while I try to remember their not-even-real-Italian-word size scheme.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Um, "grande" and "venti" are real Italian words. They mean "large" and "twenty" (as in 20 oz.)
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From:discopanda
Date:June 5th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
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I know a while back the "dollar" fries at McDonalds went from being medium fries to being small fries. Now I have to pay more to get the same thing as before. :-/
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From:orv
Date:June 5th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
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It's the price of food. It's been going up everywhere. Their choices, no doubt, where either to either raise the price or make it smaller, and if they raised the price it wouldn't be a dollar menu anymore. ;)

Even more annoying -- ice cream manufacturers have been down-sizing their "quart" containers. They figure people shop mainly on price per container (probably a safe assumption) and so they'll get fewer complaints and lose fewer sales if they give you less in each container instead of raising the price.
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From:rikchik
Date:June 5th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
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Those posters are pretty clever - thanks for pointing to them!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 5th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
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Not unlike the way "medium" at least used to be the smallest size at many establishments.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 5th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
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BTW, your links aren't coming in for me. :(
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From:typographer
Date:June 5th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
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No, it's *not*! Regular is *medium*! Nobody calls small "regular"!

Dude, yes they do. For decades most fast food places listed the sizes for things that had sizes as: Regular, Medium, and Large. Until the day she died my Grandma (who has only been gone for 369 days) called small "Regular" and got confused if she ordered that and got either a medium or a large. Mom still does, too.

I notice that the last few years, wait-people assumed that when a customer said "Reguler" they meant Large, btw.

I'm not saying that it's more correct, because we're talking about something very silly here, but really, I can't let you call my mom 'nobody.' :P

And seriously, dude, if you aren't using the terms on the printed menu, any communication problem is entirely your own fault.*

* Note: this is all said extremely tongue-in-cheek and not intended in any way as a serious criticism because really, how can this topic be worthy of serious criticis?

Edited at 2008-06-05 06:36 pm (UTC)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
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But that doesn't make sense! "Regular" = normal = middle-of-the-road = medium.
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