Sunday, November 04, 2007

That's the word I'm looking for

I was at Home Depot the other day. Yes, Home Depot (and not Lowe's) because the other store we had to go to shares a (massive, sprawling) parking lot with Home Depot and I wanted to stick it to the man by walking in between errands.

Also, does anyone else call it "Home Despot"?

I was looking for one tiny item; namely, these:

So after spending the better part of 10 minutes tracking down a customer service representative - and when I found one, I found four of them, huddled together. I don't think they should hang out in packs, maybe that's why they're so scarce in the actual store? - I asked where I could find said items.

But I couldn't remember what their actual name was. So I asked where to find "those white plastic things that police use as handcuffs at riots and stuff." After they all had a good laugh at my expense, one of the employees showed me to the right place, and also told me that they're called "zip ties."

Come to think of it, there are quite a few things in life that I either don't know the name for or I do know it, but I've been pronouncing it wrong all my life. Sometimes, these errors are caught by trusted friends before I expose myself to general ridicule. Other times, I'm not so lucky. Recent occurrences include being told that Reuter's is pronounced "Royters," not "Rooters;" that the "t" is silent in both "Colbert" and "Report" (how could I have known that one?!?); and that all this time, the book's title is Far From the Madding Crowd and not Far From the Maddening Crowd.

At least now I know. And knowing is half the battle.

5 comments:

The Ensign's said...

Well working at Home depot..... I here your frustration all the time. Dont give up on us yet!!!=)

marquita chiquita said...

this is just one of Nancy's friends and I enjoy reading your posts. do you mean "Rapport" such as an employee's relationship with other employees and such? The spelling is Rapport, and I only found that out because I did a lesson on Business English just the other week with my students here in Korea.

There are also a lot of things I don't know the name of. It makes interpreting that item into English a pain.

Bridget said...

Janae, I'm sure you're VERY available when you're working. I wasn't referring to you :).

Marquita, I should have been more clear. I mean the guy, Stephen Colbert, and his show, The Colbert Report. When pronounced together, neither T is pronounced. At least, so I'm told.

Jen said...

When Joe was on his mission, he learned-by-embarrassment the correct pronunciation of "quiche". Namely, it is not qwee-shay.

I was about 19 before I learned that fringe benefits were not "french benefits."

Shannan said...

Home Depot won my business recently. Lowe's (although closer to Costco, so it is an easy stop on the way) was not able to match a Home Depot paint color. However, HD was able to match a Lowe's paint swatch, no problem. Plus, their paint is cheaper, ranked way higher in consumer reports, and easier to paint with (behr brand, see my blog entry today).

Here's my mispronounciation -
Octomus Prime instead of Optimus Prime.
And my four year old eats "sweet tots", not "Sweet Tarts" (the candy).

Hey, I went and got the Costco bathroom faucets but I dont know if I will have the bravery to install them - especially since I have to do 3 of them!

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