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Feb. 6th, 2012 @ 11:28 am Two posts in one day?! What is this madness????
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So, I just spent like a half hour trying to explain purchasing a bus pass to a very sweet man of unspecified Asian descent (although from the name, I would hazard a guess at Chinese) who tried very hard to get his point across and understand mine but which was still one of the most unintentionally* frustrating conversations I have had in ages.

I don't blame him at all for not understanding, but this is why 'Common' is such a convention in Scifi/Fantasy. Can you imagine the Council of Elrond if everyone got stuck on the name of the One Ring?




*Notice I specificy UNINTENTIONALLY frustrating. We get plenty of people who call or come in and are intentionally frustrating. They can all just go to hell.

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From:krillia
Date:February 6th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Negotiating meaning for fairly technical things is always an adventure.

The ESL teacher and aspiring immigrant advocate in me thanks you for sticking with it and trying, though. ^_^
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From:corellianrogue
Date:February 6th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Well, I mean, it is my job, and it's not like he was being malicious or deliberately obtuse about it or anything. Just frustrating. "Throw hands up in despair and tell him to go elsewhere" isn't exactly an option. XD
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From:krillia
Date:February 7th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
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. "Throw hands up in despair and tell him to go elsewhere" isn't exactly an option.

You'd be surprised (or maybe not) how many people not only think it is, but have bosses that are perfectly fine with that.
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From:nina_vendredi
Date:February 6th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Am I a bad person, that I think the Council of Elrond breaking down over language would be the best crack fic ever.

Would they even get around to talking about the ring, or would they even get past what to call Gandalf?
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From:corellianrogue
Date:February 6th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Honestly, that was my very first thought upon typing that comparison. XD So we can be bad people together.

Hm, hadn't thought of that. Hell, there's just so much that could go wrong! :D