Are You In or On?

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Are You In or On?

Postby Slava » Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:13 pm

Do you stand in or on line? Here's an odd little piece from The Atlantic that doesn't dig deeply enough for me, but isn't worthy of being ignored entirely, either.
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:35 pm

At the grocery store, i am in line. With the phone and the computer I am on line. At other times I line up or line things up or even line out a course of action. On weekends I obsess over offensive and defensive lines.
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:10 pm

Do you ever queue up?
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Slava » Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:20 pm

I think the only time I use queue, other than when doing crossword puzzles, is when I have a document waiting to be printed on a public printer. Then it is in the queue.
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:02 pm

I chalk my queue when playing billiards.
And my Chinee friend from last century has pigtail queue.
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Slava » Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:30 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:I chalk my queue when playing billiards
Do you really use queue for cue, or are you making a funny?
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:31 am

Perry doesn't often use emoticons. I suspect a little tongue in cheek here.

"The man standing in the queue was a cue ball except for the queue hanging down his back. He was in the queue to buy a cue and a cue ball. He was given a cue to move to another queue that was shorter than the queue he was in. All the while, text messages were being queued up in his smart phone."
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:21 pm

Obviously, the funny wasn't.
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Slava » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:34 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:Obviously, the funny wasn't.
More likely it was just me being dense.
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:06 pm

In the fifties or sixties I ran across a great column in Esquire, I think it was. Not about in or on, it was about in or out. The writer gave us a whole page of whatever was then current somewhat like this:
Texting is in. Email is out.
Firetruck red is in. Pastels are out.
The Keystone just went out.
Twitter is in. Linked-in is out.
Texting just went out.
Cricket is in. Rugby is out.
Twitter just came back in.

Of course the examples are all 21st century. Anyone else remember that page?
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Slava » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:33 pm

As you say yourself, no one possibly can. It is not in any way shape or form a possible piece from 50-60 years ago. No way, no how.
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Philip Hudson » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:34 pm

Google "what is in and what is out" to get a plethora of ins and outs. None are as old as Perry remembers. Some are serious. Some show definite bias. Most of them are of no moment.

Here is a small list of outs and ins with my precisely correct judgments appended: :D

* Galluses (not the rooster kind, the braces and suspenders kind) are out while belts are in. (Okay.)
* Carbon paper is out while scanners and printers are in. (Great!)
* Hymns are out while 7/11 choruses are in. (Baaaad...)
* Brilliantine is out while natural hair is in. (What do I do with my cowlick?)
* Landlines are out while cell phones are in. (Since I am almost always in, in the literal sense, I don't need a cell phone.)
* Free Internet sites are out while pay sites are in. (I don't much like Facebook anyway.)
* Cuff-less trousers are out while cuffed trousers are back in. (I can't afford a new wardrobe.)
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Re: Are You In or On?

Postby Slava » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:51 pm

Okay, but how about where one lives or something is located? Is the hospital on North Street, or in it? Do I live on or in Park Place?
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