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    Thumbs down Does it irritate anyone else when folks "broadcast" their state, race, job, etc?

    You know that thing certain folks do online in which they'll attempt to spell out their accent, make excessive use of regional slang, or make tons of references to their race or job in pretty much everything they post?

    For example, I just came from another forum where everyone was having a discussion, then this guy posts who is just broadcasting his job as a truck driver so hard, making constant use of trucker slang, references to routes he took, and driving. I couldn't make heads or tails of what he was trying to say and had to resist the urge to quote his post and ask him; "Hey buddy, what do you do for a living? I can't quite put my finger on it. Wait, you're a helicopter pilot, right?"

    I run into that sort of thing a lot online, and it never ceases to leave me exasperated. It's like, why can't you just write normally? Why must everyone at all times be acutely aware of your state/city of residence, your racial ancestry, what you do for a living, etc?
    It's always some sort of stereotype too, some cliched image they're trying to push, because obviously you'll never see someone doing this sort of thing if they live in Seattle, are of Laotian descent, and work as a system analyst. Or live in Los Angeles, are of Turkish descent, and work as a dental assistant. Or live in the suburbs of Wisconsin, are of mixed descent, and work as a divorce lawyer. You'll never see a meter maid online doing everything in their power to convey that they check parking meters and hand out parking tickets for a living.

    Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with being proud of where you live, where you came from, and what you do for a living. In fact, that's a healthy way to be, but when you've made it such a huge part of your persona that you've practically become a Muppet, that's just sad. Be an individual, a person, not a walking stereotype.

    It's probably just me, but it drives me nuts sometimes, especially when I can't even decipher whatever it is they're trying to say.
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    Well if 34 years of giving shiatsu massages to retired cheerleaders has taught me anything, it's how correct my dear Latvian grandmother was when she said "when you argue with a squirrel, always remember he might be distracting you while his sister tries to steal your nuts." That's why I had St. Roland and St. Francis painted on my massage table.
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    No it doesn't bother me.
    It might if I paid attention to people.
    But I don't. I have my own problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuco_Ramírez View Post
    You know that thing certain folks do online in which they'll attempt to spell out their accent, make excessive use of regional slang, or make tons of references to their race or job in pretty much everything they post?

    For example, I just came from another forum where everyone was having a discussion, then this guy posts who is just broadcasting his job as a truck driver so hard, making constant use of trucker slang, references to routes he took, and driving. I couldn't make heads or tails of what he was trying to say and had to resist the urge to quote his post and ask him; "Hey buddy, what do you do for a living? I can't quite put my finger on it. Wait, you're a helicopter pilot, right?"

    I run into that sort of thing a lot online, and it never ceases to leave me exasperated. It's like, why can't you just write normally? Why must everyone at all times be acutely aware of your state/city of residence, your racial ancestry, what you do for a living, etc?
    It's always some sort of stereotype too, some cliched image they're trying to push, because obviously you'll never see someone doing this sort of thing if they live in Seattle, are of Laotian descent, and work as a system analyst. Or live in Los Angeles, are of Turkish descent, and work as a dental assistant. Or live in the suburbs of Wisconsin, are of mixed descent, and work as a divorce lawyer. You'll never see a meter maid online doing everything in their power to convey that they check parking meters and hand out parking tickets for a living.

    Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with being proud of where you live, where you came from, and what you do for a living. In fact, that's a healthy way to be, but when you've made it such a huge part of your persona that you've practically become a Muppet, that's just sad. Be an individual, a person, not a walking stereotype.

    It's probably just me, but it drives me nuts sometimes, especially when I can't even decipher whatever it is they're trying to say.
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    A lot of times, yes. Of course, Texans are allowed.
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    It doesn't bother me. I like hearing of other's jobs / professions, and where they're from, etc - that's what makes us all different. As for race, it's immaterial, until it's used as a crutch or to defend illegal actions. I can think of a whole lot of other things to get upset about.
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    It depends, if it is informative, i.e. a topic comes up where this persons experience or training would be beneficial, no i dont mind it at all. If it is something they are proud of, and should be because it is a accomplishment, and they want to share, no, doesn't bother me. If however it is someone who thinks that just because they have x education and or qualification that it makes them a expert in all things, regardless of if they actually know anything about it at all, yes, it does bother me at that point.
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    Less educated people can only talk in their 'slang', it is not intentional.

    As a society we are much more public about things our grandparents would have kept quiet We have little discretion even when it makes us look bad and if we think it makes us look good we are sure to be braggarts.
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    I don't get angry at any of it. As soon as a person identifies himself to me as one of these people you are describing I just move on to another subject. What does bother me is when people that I know are educated insist on trying to convince anyone willing to listen that they are country folks and they think the best way to do that is to spell words like an idiot would and try to sound country in their post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenwolde View Post
    A lot of times, yes. Of course, Texans are allowed.
    Beat me to it.

    If the other person is not a Texan, it is usally fine, providing the other person isn't trying to lord it over the peasants how importatnat or rich he is. If someone gets out of hand about that, I usually do my own moderating.

    We rarely run into much of that on this board, just a couple of occasional disidents, who seem proud of what they post. I never run into it on facebook as I have unfriended everyone who manages to bother me. Sadly, maybe not sadly, I have no friends on facebook! !
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