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Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:00 AM

Can we stop saying we're "proud members"? Of stuff?

It's.... um.

Just a request.









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Reply Can we stop saying we're "proud members"? Of stuff? (Original post)
sibelian Oct 2013 OP
cali Oct 2013 #1
sibelian Oct 2013 #3
sibelian Oct 2013 #5
Jackpine Radical Oct 2013 #28
Bonobo Oct 2013 #2
Fumesucker Oct 2013 #4
Lasher Oct 2013 #6
sibelian Oct 2013 #9
djean111 Oct 2013 #7
sibelian Oct 2013 #10
djean111 Oct 2013 #11
sibelian Oct 2013 #12
djean111 Oct 2013 #13
sibelian Oct 2013 #22
Bluenorthwest Oct 2013 #16
sibelian Oct 2013 #19
Bluenorthwest Oct 2013 #24
sibelian Oct 2013 #35
dorkzilla Oct 2013 #27
sibelian Oct 2013 #36
dorkzilla Oct 2013 #37
chervilant Oct 2013 #8
joshcryer Oct 2013 #14
treestar Oct 2013 #15
Squinch Oct 2013 #17
sibelian Oct 2013 #20
Squinch Oct 2013 #21
Bluenorthwest Oct 2013 #25
Dash87 Oct 2013 #18
Logical Oct 2013 #23
Frank Cannon Oct 2013 #26
LiberalElite Oct 2013 #29
sibelian Oct 2013 #34
MannyGoldstein Oct 2013 #30
dballance Oct 2013 #31
NuclearDem Oct 2013 #32
jberryhill Oct 2013 #33

Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:02 AM

1. I have absolutely no idea what you're referring to or why you'd post this

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:13 AM

3. OK...


(hides)

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:18 AM

5. I should just grow up and get my mind out of the sewer.


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Response to sibelian (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:58 AM

28. I finally got it. Duh.

Edited to add:

Def. 2b

mem·ber
n.
1. A distinct part of a whole, especially:
a. Linguistics A syntactic unit of a sentence; a clause.
b. Logic A proposition of a syllogism.
c. Mathematics An element in a set.
2. A part or an organ of a human or animal body, as:
a. A limb, such as an arm or a leg.
b. The penis.
3. A part of a plant.
4. One that belongs to a group or an organization: a club member; a bank that is a member of the FDIC.
5. Mathematics The expression on either side of an equality sign.
6. A structural unit, such as a beam or wall.

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:04 AM

2. Proud member of the "I don't take requests" club. nt

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:14 AM

4. Pride goeth before a fall

Or so I hear.

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:27 AM

6. I can proudly say I don't say I am a proud member of stuff.

And please don't call me a member.

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Response to Lasher (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:00 AM

9. It's not just me! Yay!


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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:53 AM

7. I think people may stop saying "I am a proud member of...." when others stop

thinking that they are successfully marginalizing and demoralizing groups who do not agree with them as "emo-progs" and "the crazy Left".
For instance, when someone jeers at people who share my beliefs as to what our bloated political system should do for citizens, instead of for corporations and Wall Street and the MIC, as "The Crazy Left" - I will happily assert that I am a proud member of that group.
I know it is fashionable to slyly wonder if crazy lefters are really TPers in disguise, hoping to dishearten Democrats - but now I am thinking that perhaps it is the ones who jeer who are suspect. Just sayin'.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:01 AM

10. Yeeeah, that's not really my problem with the phrase.


It's more that it has other connotations.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:02 AM

11. What other connotations?

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Response to djean111 (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:03 AM

12. ...


Erm, well. I'm from the UK. Maybe it only counts here...

Cough.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:08 AM

13. Ah. I see. Well, even though that connotation has actually been noted and laughed at,

I think that as long as there is marginalization and divisiveness based on blind party loyalty, there will be proud members!

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Response to djean111 (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:29 AM

22. Well, I've certainly always found intense political discussing stimulating.


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Response to sibelian (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 08:28 AM

16. I think it only counts in juvenile gatherings that might snicker about such things.

Peter O'Toole, a double phallic reference. Do the Brits chortle over that as well?

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #16)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 08:56 AM

19. Well, that's me pegged.


Yes, we chortle lots.

I'm sorry! It's fine if it turns up every so often, but...

I'll get my coat.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #19)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:32 AM

24. Members of Parliament. Does that get laughs everytime, after all these years?

The word 'proud' can be contentious here, because more than one minority group has correctly seen that taking pride in an identity maligned by the ruling bigots is an important step toward progress and equality.
At first reading I expected this to be a chiding of 'Gay Pride' events, which many straights like to criticize for not being as they would have them be.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #24)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 04:31 PM

35. Well, that would be a bit hypocritical, I've participated in Pride.


Dancing on floats and everything!

Not so much these days. It's boring being gay in the UK...

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Response to sibelian (Reply #19)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:50 AM

27. NOOOOOO, DON'T LEEEAAAAVVVVVEEEEE

You can't leave me alone with the grow ups! The juveniles around here are dwindling and we need others to sit in the corner with and snicker!

Stay? For me?

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Response to dorkzilla (Reply #27)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 04:34 PM

36. Oh, alright!


I'll stay.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #36)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 04:50 PM

37. Thank you (sniff, sniff)

I feel better now...

It's tough being a 48 year old woman with the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy...

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:56 AM

8. Not of "stuff"

Maybe of "n such"?

(Don't you have to be reality based to make this claim to fame?)

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:18 AM

14. sure

then again there are so many who publicize their ignores... not sure of the difference.

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:52 AM

15. I understand

certain phrases get so much repetition that it starts to get irritating.

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 08:32 AM

17. From your comments, I see what you are referring to, but I don't think that runs through other's

minds when they hear the phrase. I know it doesn't run through mine.

HOWEVER, whenever I see a "speed hump" sign, I laugh like a 12 year old.

So, to each his own, but I don't think this is a thing.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 08:57 AM

20. My mind is clearly in some gutter all by itself.


Oh well. I guess I'll just wriggle around a bit.


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Response to sibelian (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:00 AM

21. I've come to the conclusion that all of our minds are in some gutter.



(...speed hump...bahahahahaha )

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Response to Squinch (Reply #21)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:34 AM

25. We are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Oscar Wilde. He was right.

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 08:44 AM

18. I'm a proud member of the stuff society

We're serious about our stuff, and stuff.

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:30 AM

23. Whining about the DU! Great! n-t

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:36 AM

26. It is long established that pride is THE sin that got Lucifer...

kicked out of Heaven. (e.g., Isaiah 14:12–15)

Which is why I'm continually surprised that American right wingers constantly describe themselves as "proud to be an American", "proud to be a Christian", etc.

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 09:58 AM

29. I must be getting old -

I didn't get the joke till I'd read about a dozen replies. Never saw it that way.

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #29)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 01:27 PM

34. No I just can't escape my inner 12 year old....


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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:36 AM

30. Proud members are proud members...

So what's the big deal?

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:21 AM

31. Clearly a cultural difference between US and UK in reference to member.

I've lived all over the US and I don't recall the word member ever really having that common connotation any where I've lived. Certainly, the word is used to refer to one's male part in some contexts but I don't see it used in the context you're apparently used to in the UK sibelian. I think we, in the US, would use "dick" or "prick" instead.

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:24 AM

32. I'm a proud member, but I don't try to be a dick about it

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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:53 AM

33. I'm a proud non-member of many things

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