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We have threads for annoyances and what made us cheerful, but then there's those weird things that happen.....   My workplace is particularly fertile ground for the surreal. 2 current examples:

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This should be on the anti-dingbat thread.

 

A manager or possibly even security outside a small nightclub last night. There had been a problem, police were present, but the gentleman assured them that everything was now "copacetic" (sic).

 

Perfect use of the word.

I thought that the word dated from the 1970's -- the same set of people who went around saying "mellow" also used "copacetic" a lot -- but from Merriam-Webster Online:

 

Origin of COPACETIC

origin unknown

First Known Use: 1919

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This should be on the anti-dingbat thread.

 

A manager or possibly even security outside a small nightclub last night. There had been a problem, police were present, but the gentleman assured them that everything was now "copacetic" (sic).

 

Perfect use of the word.

I thought that the word dated from the 1970's -- the same set of people who went around saying "mellow" also used "copacetic" a lot -- but from Merriam-Webster Online:

 

Origin of COPACETIC

origin unknown

First Known Use: 1919

when i was a kid, i heard lots of old musicians and showbiz folks use the word, all the time. a lot of harlem renaissance type folks, so 1919 makes a lot of sense for u.s. use. here's a use from the late 40s.copasetics

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60 year old man on the elevator, this morning, fighting with his mother about whether or not he had to wear a tie for a job interview.

 

My mother-in-law had a friend in her 80s who somehow had a living mother.

 

On chilly mornings, the mother of my mother-in-law's friend would call and remind her daughter -- in her 80s, remember -- to put on a sweater.

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My late father's great line fishing boat, Glenstruan, on which he caught record landings of halibut off Greenland in the late 1950s and early 1960s has been turned into a houseboat and resides in Essex.

 

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?com_mode=flat&com_order=0&lid=103808

 

Here's some footage of the Glenstruan's about to be maiden voyage. I'm the very attractive one in matching coat and hat.

http://www.shipsnostalgia.tv/action/viewvideo/1229/Glenstruan/

 

(I love the fishing tackle: sweeping brushes, looks like.)

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My late father's great line fishing boat, Glenstruan, on which he caught record landings of halibut off Greenland in the late 1950s and early 1960s has been turned into a houseboat and resides in Essex.

 

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?com_mode=flat&com_order=0&lid=103808

 

Here's some footage of the Glenstruan's about to be maiden voyage. I'm the very attractive one in matching coat and hat.

http://www.shipsnostalgia.tv/action/viewvideo/1229/Glenstruan/

 

(I love the fishing tackle: sweeping brushes, looks like.)

That is extraordinary footage. Did you know it existed?

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My late father's great line fishing boat, Glenstruan, on which he caught record landings of halibut off Greenland in the late 1950s and early 1960s has been turned into a houseboat and resides in Essex.

 

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?com_mode=flat&com_order=0&lid=103808

 

Here's some footage of the Glenstruan's about to be maiden voyage. I'm the very attractive one in matching coat and hat.

http://www.shipsnostalgia.tv/action/viewvideo/1229/Glenstruan/

 

(I love the fishing tackle: sweeping brushes, looks like.)

That is extraordinary footage. Did you know it existed?

Yes, I have the old reels of film. The documentary, made by Esso (a film crew accompanied my dad and co. on the maiden trip), is around 1/2 hr long and did the rounds of UK movie houses in the early 1960s as a B movie/Pathe-news thing.

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'Love Plus' Resort Caters To Men With Virtual Girlfriends

 

The town, formerly a popular destination for couples in love, has partnered with gaming company Konami Digital Entertainment, the creators of Love Plus, to establish a resort that brings together the virtual girlfriend and her real-world paramour in a beach-side setting.
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My late father's great line fishing boat, Glenstruan, on which he caught record landings of halibut off Greenland in the late 1950s and early 1960s has been turned into a houseboat and resides in Essex.

 

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?com_mode=flat&com_order=0&lid=103808

 

Here's some footage of the Glenstruan's about to be maiden voyage. I'm the very attractive one in matching coat and hat.

http://www.shipsnostalgia.tv/action/viewvideo/1229/Glenstruan/

 

(I love the fishing tackle: sweeping brushes, looks like.)

That's great. I love it.

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my mother brought me a tape of my 1995 appearance on the food network. yikes!

no one should have to watch themselves on videotape 15 years after the fact, ever

Amen to that. I don't like watching myself on tape period, and it's even more embarrassing to see the awful clothes/hair/glasses I had back in the day (no matter what day that was).

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