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Sometimes, you get exactly what you ordered.

 
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Ok, I admit it... it took me about ten seconds to get this.
 
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Ryan McGuire wrote:Ok, I admit it... it took me about ten seconds to get this.

Me too
 
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I had to look it up :P
http://memerial.net/2072-ill-have-some-h2o-too
Answer in the comments section
 
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I read it, didn't get it, I left it, caught up in something else for few hours, I read it again and I got it by myself

It's a good one.
 
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That's a deadly drink order and that's an extraordinarily intelligent waiter.
 
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I would pronounce "H20 too" and "H202" very differently.

H20 too -- AITCH - too - oh - TOO
H202 -- AITCH - too - OH - too
 
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Michael Matola wrote:I would pronounce "H20 too" and "H202" very differently.

It still depends on the waiter to notice it
 
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Good one.
 
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Awesome in some situation, lion cant be a competitor of a cat !
 
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I took chemistry too long ago. I assume that H2O2 is some poison/acid, but what? The H2 would be just a hydrogen pair, and the O2 an oxygen pair. What's the detail that I'm missing?
 
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H2O2 = Hydrogen peroxide.
 
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H202. Yeah, that's a smart drink to order. You could get hydrated as well oxygenated at the same time ;)
Ajit would love it

(I know, it should be oxidized, but oxygenated sounds more logical here )
 
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hydrogen peroxide is actually pretty good to put in your mouth(a great germ killer). just don't swallow it.
 
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Michael Matola wrote:I would pronounce "H20 too" and "H202" very differently.

H20 too -- AITCH - too - oh - TOO
H202 -- AITCH - too - OH - too


That's a great point! I blame the waiter, and definitely think he deserves a substandard gratuity.
 
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a gratuity? i think not.
 
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It doesn’t matter if you call it toe-ma-toe or ta-may-toe or toe-mah-toe. It’s the same thing. I think that he got exactly what he ordered.
 
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But with toe-ma-toe vs. ta-may-toe vs. toe-mah-toe there's no ambiguity - each pronunciation still means tomato, period. So it's easy to resolve that one and ignore differences in pronunciation, since they don't affect the result. With "H2O2" vs. "H2O too" there are differences in pronunciation [ui]and in meaning[/i]. I'd say the onus is on the waiter to pay attention to such differences, when they do in fact make a difference.
 
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Mike Simmons wrote:With "H2O2" vs. "H2O too" there are differences in pronunciation.

This is debatable, however, if my life depends on a subtle difference in pronunciation, I'd make sure that I make myself absolutely clear.
 
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Mike Okri wrote:
This is debatable


So tell us how you same them.
 
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Dabatable implies that some people will pronunciation them the same way. However, if we agree that there is a difference in pronunciation, the difference is too subtle to risk my life by not making myself absolutely clear.
 
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Mike Okri wrote:Dabatable implies that some people will pronunciation them the same way.

Perhaps, but those people are wrong.

Mike Okri wrote:However, if we agree that there is a difference in pronunciation, the difference is too subtle to risk my life by not making myself absolutely clear.

I'd say the two big mistakes here are really (a) if the waiter really thought the customer wanted hydrogen peroxide for some reason, why on earth did he bring it in a drinking glass, looking identical to a glass of water? And (b) why did the customer not notice the distinct strong smell of hydrogen peroxide, and stop before drinking? The situation requires considerable stupidity from both parties. The alleged ambiguity regarding pronunciation is minor in comparison, in my opinion.
 
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Randall Twede wrote:hydrogen peroxide is actually pretty good to put in your mouth(a great germ killer). just don't swallow it.


The stuff you buy in the grocery is a dilute solution (between 3 and 6%). You wouldn't want to put lab-grade peroxide in your mouth!
 
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Mike Simmons wrote:I'd say the two big mistakes here are really (a) if the waiter really thought the customer wanted hydrogen peroxide for some reason, why on earth did he bring it in a drinking glass, looking identical to a glass of water?


The waiter asked for their drink order. The customers made their orders, why would the waiter not think he was making an order to drink like any other order to drink?

Mike Simmons wrote:And (b) why did the customer not notice the distinct strong smell of hydrogen peroxide, and stop before drinking?


Clearly all folks involved have no noses.
 
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Mike Simmons wrote:Perhaps, but those people are wrong.

I'm sure you will admit that you're not always perfect in your pronunciation. The bottom line is that some people will pronounce them the same way irrespective of whether it's right or wrong.

Mike Simmons wrote:I'd say the two big mistakes here are really

I agree that it's an unlikely scenario, but sometimes real life is stranger than fiction. People have intentionally or accidentally consumed worse drinks.
 
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Mike Okri wrote:
Mike Simmons wrote:Perhaps, but those people are wrong.

I'm sure you will admit that you're not always perfect in your pronunciation. The bottom line is that some people will pronounce them the same way irrespective of whether it's right or wrong.

Especially since that when it comes to pronunciation, "right" is almost certainly not well-defined.

(And you're probably not even talking about a change in pronunciation here - just a change of emphasis. If that.)
 
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That's true; especially since we still don't know who owns the English language

I would imagine that a change in emphasis is a change in pronunciation.
 
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Mike Okri wrote:
Mike Simmons wrote:Perhaps, but those people are wrong.

I'm sure you will admit that you're not always perfect in your pronunciation.

Yes, and there was a on that quote originally; I know that "right" is not well-defined for the English language.

Mike Okri wrote:The bottom line is that some people will pronounce them the same way irrespective of whether it's right or wrong.

Yes, and some people will mishear things regardless of how they were pronounced.

But this is a far cry from "he got exactly what he ordered".
 
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The stuff you buy in the grocery is a dilute solution (between 3 and 6%). You wouldn't want to put lab-grade peroxide in your mouth!


of course you are absolutely correct ernest. i stand corrected.
 
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Mike Simmons wrote:But this is a far cry from "he got exactly what he ordered".

I think that the cartoon is correct in saying that the customer got exactly what he ordered for the following reasons:
  • if you believe that there is no difference in pronunciation or that the difference is subtle (for example break and brake), then the customer got exactly what he ordered because the waiter cannot be expected to read the customer’s mind.
  • if you believe that the difference in pronunciation is obvious, then we can assume that the cartoon is insinuating that the customer used the wrong pronunciation, in which case, the customer got exactly what he ordered because (again) the waiter cannot be expected to read the customer’s mind.

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    Mike Okri wrote:
    Mike Simmons wrote:But this is a far cry from "he got exactly what he ordered".

    I think that the cartoon is correct in saying that the customer got exactly what he ordered for the following reasons:
  • if you believe that there is no difference in pronunciation or that the difference is subtle (for example break and brake), then the customer got exactly what he ordered because the waiter cannot be expected to read the customer’s mind.

  • I don't believe the difference is either nonexistent or subtle. But if I did, I would still expect the waiter to, given the two possible interpretations, choose the one that doesn't involve poisoning the customer. Or if in doubt, ask a simple follow-up question, before poisoning the customer.

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  • if you believe that the difference in pronunciation is obvious, then we can assume that the cartoon is insinuating that the customer used the wrong pronunciation, in which case, the customer got exactly what he ordered because (again) the waiter cannot be expected to read the customer’s mind.

  • Alternately, we could assume that the customer said exactly what the cartoon depicted him as saying. In which case the waiter screwed up, and the customer did not get what he ordered.
     
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    Mike Simmons wrote:Or if in doubt, ask a simple follow-up question, before poisoning the customer

    In the waiter's mind, there was no doubt that the customer ordered for H2O2. He can't be faulted for this because he is entitled to his interpretation, especially when there is no obvious difference in pronunciation. The customer erroneously subjected himself to the interpretation of the waiter. Maybe the waiter's intention was not to poison the customer. Maybe he thought that the customer needed some H2O2 for a quick experiment.

    Mike Simmons wrote:Alternately, we could assume that the customer said exactly what the cartoon depicted him as saying.

    That’s exactly what I’m saying. If you believe that there is an obvious difference in pronunciation, then we can assume that the customer said exactly what the cartoon depicted him as saying but he used the wrong pronunciation. In other words, he said H2O too but erroneously pronounced H2O2 and got exactly what he ordered.
     
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    OK, I don't really see this going anywhere from here. Later.
     
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    You're right. There's no point questioning the cartoon. Let's just enjoy it's funny, clever word play.
     
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