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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    • some 1.6 trillion yen for reconstruction in areas hit by the 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster*

    8% to go to the place that needs it. The rest goes to splashing concrete about in places already metres deep in the stuff.

    Will electrical cables be buried, to make "beautiful japan" less of an eyesore? Of course not. We'll get dozens of new, empty, "cultural centres" and plenty of big bills to pay.

    On the plus side, the hostess clubs in Ginza are soon going to see business pick up from the lads in Nagatacho and their buddies.

    Posted in: Cabinet approves massive Y20 tril stimulus budget

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    I'm surprised 9% of Americans knew enough about Genghis Khan to formulate an opinion.

    Posted in: U.S. Congress less popular than cockroaches: poll

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    “We have a highly developed infrastructure that includes a public transportation system capable of carrying 25 million people daily,” Inose said.

    He didn't mention that 30 million people already use it every day, and anyone hoping to get to an event around 9:30 in the morning had better be pretty slim.

    Posted in: Tokyo outlines plans to host 2020 Olympics

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    Surely his plan is to take Japan back? Back to about 15 years ago, when the concrete cure-all first stopped working?

    Posted in: Abe sings national anthem as LDP prepares to 'take back Japan'

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    Where is all this contaminated soil going? And might it not be a better idea to throw this huge amount of taxpayers' money at the reconstruction of the Tohoku area, instead of the bizarre demands of the shambolically corrupt former feudal lord of Tokyo?

    Posted in: Tsukiji fish market move to be delayed 1 year

  • -1

    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    Serrano - what do you dislike about "no"?

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    Here's one which gets me swearing: anyone who's been on TV quite a lot is a "legend".

    No he isn't. Robin Hood is a legend. Perseus is a legend. King Arthur is a legend, and so are Romulus and Remus.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    "Hot enough/ wet enough/ cold enough for you?" is an infallible marker of a dullard. People who say this always have a kind of gleam in their eye as though they expect me to believe they've just crafted a Bon mot to put Noel Cowerd to shame. How do they reach the conclusion that the expression is even tangentially humorous? They need the bucket of cold water.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    "Get a life" is a good one. It means "I have never possessed the wit to think about this matter, and rather than make any effort to do so now, I'm simply going to insult you for having done so".

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    When someone begins what they are going to say with "I would just like to say...", you can stop listening.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    One that irritates and scares me in equal measure is when a group of Americans, when presented with something about which they don't want to think, collectively chant "U.S.A! U.S.A!" as though it's a valid argument.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    When a politician caught with his hand in the till or his pants round his ankles says "mistakes were made", as though his perfidy was an accident, my hackles rise and I start to shout at the television.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    Exclamation marks also are a cause of considerable irritation. If you need to indicate, by means of punctuation, that what you wrote is supposed to be funny, then you might be better off checking if it was worth writing at all.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

  • 5

    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    "Ironic" is another one which is used correctly so very, very seldom.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    TEPCO opens Fukushima HQ to deal with compensation

    And by "deal with", of course we mean, "fob off".

    Posted in: TEPCO opens Fukushima HQ to deal with compensation

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    "conspiracy theorist" is a good one, which never fails to set the teeth on edge. It really is the laziest sort of insult, often spat out by those who never learned to think for themselves.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    RangerMiffy - I salute you. You spotted a slip and corrected yourself. When I do that - yes, even I sometimes make mistakes - halfwits often accuse me of pedantry.

    To which the response is, "You know what the word 'pedant' means? A pedant is what someone who doesn't know something calls someone who does".

    The word "basically" has no mystical powers to transform the pap someone is spouting into a Wildean epithet. People who say, "basically" very frequently are often arsewipes of the first order.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    Maria - anyone who writes "I would of..." is an illiterate.

    And the middle manager with a jumped-up view of his importance who says, "I expect you to give 110%" needs a bucket of water, too.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    The use of the word "guys" at all adds nothing to a sentence. "Thank you guys" = Thank you. "I can't believe you guys" = I can't believe you.

    When used by an American, it is irritating, but forgivable. After all, they know no better. But when a Briton says "guys", it would not be excessive to throw a bucket of water at him.

    My feared and respected (in that order) tutor at Grammar school, Brother Nicholas, once announced, "Anyone who attempts to speak like an American, without the mitigation of having been born one, deserves to be found in a shallow grave in Wales".

    The man has been dead for twenty years, but I'm not going to risk disagreeing with him now. Don't say "Guys". It makes you look a tool.

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you?

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    Ivan Coughanoffalot

    I wish the women up in Chiba would dress in the fantasy Ginza style so many other posters report. Up here, they've been wearing woolly bobble hats and blankets since September, like they've been pulled out of the sea. I'm glad I work in the centre of town, where there's a lot more oglable totty about to appreciate and store in the bank for later.

    Posted in: What do you think of young Japanese women's fashion style this winter?

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