>>Crushing<< is mostly the better term

October 7th, 2010 · 90 comments

Paul has lived in his apartment in Berlin for 15 months, but this note is the first time he’s heard a single complaint about his door. Especially annoying, Paul says, is the fact that it’s anonymous, “even though it could possibly have been written by only one of two people,” and that it’s written in English, “which most expats would consider an insult.”

Just another example of how — no matter smiley faces you sprinkle throughout — your oh-so-courteous anonymous note is probably just going to leave everyone more “pi**ed off.”

Dear Neighbours, some people livin here , are really pi**ed about the way, you close your door, when coming/leaving. >>Closing<< is usually the wrong term to describe this. >>Crushing<< is mostly the better term. If your door is broken , let it repair from our beloved [redacted] or Repair it yourself or Use your key to close it in a way, not bothering your neighbors. ....and kindly give this info your visitors too ;-) Greetz & Peace

related: Wie bitte(r)?

extra credit: “Greetz” [urbandictionary.com]

FILED UNDER: Berlin · Clearly a non-native English speaker · comma diarrhea · door-slamming · neighbors · noise · opening/closing · pointlessly self-censored profanity · sad face · smiley

90 responses so far ↓

  • #1   TippingCows

    Don’t CRUSH your door! CLOSE your door! Or we’ll send Nazis to CRUSH your face!
    We are PI**ED you A**HOLE!

    We send Hanz and Franz over to pump YOU up!

    Oct 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   pony girl


    All the Germans that I know would just tell you to your face, “Stop slamming your door!”
    or, rather, “Stop crushing your door!”

    Oct 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Mo®

      Ja, I know I would.
      Now is the time in which we tanzen!

      Oct 8, 2010 at 9:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Scribbles the Monkey bang

      This, from a guy who, like all Germans, keeps his family locked in the basement for sex!

      Oct 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   bryce

    None of those commas in the first sentence are necessary.

    Oct 7, 2010 at 11:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Flaboy2425

      He slept through English class when they studied “Comma Sense.”

      Oct 8, 2010 at 1:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   The Elf

      Eh, I’ll cut him a break because English isn’t his native language and he isn’t even writing this in an English-speaking country.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 6:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Canthz_B bang

      Me too. I’m a firm believer in the Free Comma Movement (because I haven’t a clue when or where to use them, so I sprinkle them about like so much powdered sugar on French Toast).

      Oct 8, 2010 at 6:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   Mo®

      He’s a member of the Comma Liberation Army.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 9:29 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   Maas

      I’m all for the creative use of commas, and I like pedantic distinctions between terms more than most people (that is, more than I like most people), but you really shouldn’t attempt such a distinction in a language you don’t know.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 11:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.6   bowloftoast bang

      mmm…french toast

      Oct 8, 2010 at 9:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.7   El Jefe

      When correcting someone else’s grammar, bryce, it’s better to have your own ducks in a row foist. Could I get some subject-verb agreement action? Cheerio!

      Oct 9, 2010 at 12:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.8   zbird

      El Jefe beat me to it, but I’ll post anyway because I feel like being pedantic at the moment.

      “None” is singular, dear.

      Oct 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.9   Canthz_B bang

      Not a one of us would disagree. ;-)

      Oct 11, 2010 at 4:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   VM

    German tends to use commas more frequently, so they’re probably a carryover from the writer’s native punctuation sense.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 12:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   AuntyBron

      Oh, sure, VM – be the voice of reason!

      Oct 8, 2010 at 12:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Chieron

      true. But actually, there could be one more (in German, all these are relative clauses)

      the note is insulting, nonetheless. I (as a German) would just slam harder until Anonymous comes out of hiding to talk..

      Oct 8, 2010 at 9:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Madrias

    From someone who deals with slammed doors often waking me up at night, I side with the note-writer. If you don’t know how to close the door properly, then leave your freaking door open.

    Second, I’d love to shoot the idiots who think that they own the tool shed downstairs just cause it’s semi-attached to their house. It’s communal property for this apartment, everyone has a key. Stop walking through it cause you’ve got a back door and are too f-ing lazy to walk to the front door. The door on the tool shed is held on by 2 shitty hinges that shriek when closed, and they slam the door.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 12:41 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   WMDKitty

      Hear, hear! I, too, am Team Stop Slamming The Goddamn Door!

      Oct 8, 2010 at 2:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   nicolas

      Team neighbours as well (though, on the tool shed story: maybe you could WD-40 those hinges yourself? JUST A THOUGHT)

      Oct 8, 2010 at 2:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   WMDKitty

      I think the issue there isn’t so much the squeaky hinges, but the fact that people are supposed to use the FRONT entrance.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 3:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   Nikki

      Except for the fact that the door squeaks, I don’t think it matters whether people use the front or back door. It’s still a DOOR. It’s for entering and exiting.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 10:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   orinoco womble

      Yeah, if it’s communal property and you have a key, oil the hinges! Unless you just enjoy having something to kvetch about. Then carry on.

      Oct 9, 2010 at 11:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.6   Madrias

      Our landlord specifically stated no one is supposed to walk through the tool shed cause it’s been left unlocked 4 times now. Each time, I’ve been blamed, even though my apartment portion doesn’t even touch the tool shed. I’m hoping the hinges rust shut.

      Oct 10, 2010 at 12:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Sarah

    That’s the second time I’ve heard the word “greetz” today. The first time was on an email from a prospective flatmate, who I rejected arbitrarily based on the use of that word. Made him/her (I can’t remember) sound like a teenager trying too hard to be trendy.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 1:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   bored @work

      I love feesh with my greetz!

      Oct 11, 2010 at 9:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Canthz_B bang

    Yet another reason to not use online translation tools to write PA notes.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 2:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      At you is problem of door crushing. Please to stop crush of door. The door is to be repair by ______ who is all loved or yourself. Please to be using of the key so not to neighbor annoy.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 6:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Pat

    I live in Germany and this is absolutely typical. I don’t know how many such notes I have gotten over the years. Many older Germans still think they have a right to have quiet hour in the afternoon and most of the weekend. One of my neighbors yelled at me repeatedly for vacuuming because it disturbed his cat. Kindergartens and daycare centers have trouble finding places to set up shop because the neighbors protest that the kids will be too loud. The neighbors probably assumed the tenant couldn’t speak German and because many people in Germany are quite convinced they “can English” perfectly, they like to show off. One of the many charming points of living here…

    Oct 8, 2010 at 3:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Graham

      Yup, been there, read the book and got the t-shirt. Lived in an flat where you couldn’t use the toilet after 10pm or ther neighbours would complain.

      Trouble with a lot of German doors is that they are so bleedin’ heavy they slam closed whether you like it or not.

      Best was to deal with PA German is to ignore them, it’s great watching them wind themselves up into a frenzy.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 3:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   WMDKitty

      Because quiet time is just too much to ask…


      Oct 8, 2010 at 3:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   Canthz_B bang

      The last thing Europe needs is a bunch of ignored Germans wound up into a frenzy…not again!!

      Oct 8, 2010 at 4:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   anglophile

      I’m not holding it if I have to pee after 10 pm on the off chance that I might disturb my neighbors, WMDKitty, and I’m sure as hell not going to not vacuum in order to not disturb the neighbor’s cat. If you live near other people, you’re gonna have to expect some kind of noise, especially during the day. Noise resulting from ordinary activities such as vacuuming or flushing the toilet or even closing the door are not a violation of other people’s rights.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 5:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.5   Mo®

      Oh sure tell that to Czechoslovakia. They were up pooping at all hours, vacuuming, crushing doors and what not. Just ignoring their neighbors discomfort and then bam!
      I am with CB let’s not get the newly reunified Vatterland all would up again okay.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 9:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.6   Mo® bang

      Wound up Germans. Don’t want.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.7   Mark bang

      Don’t mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.8   Mo® bang

      Error; Already voted!

      So, that’s two egg mayonnaise, a prawn Goebbels, a Hermann Goering, and four Colditz salads.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.9   clumber

      You started it!

      I did not!!

      Yes you did, you invaded Poland!

      Ye gods how I love that skit/ep….

      Oct 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.10   WMDKitty

      @anglophile — How is asking people not to SLAM THE DOOR unreasonable? Seriously, it’s easy to close a door softly, with little noise… it just takes a little effort.

      Oct 12, 2010 at 1:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.11   Kitty

      Actually, while not national law, many leases in Germany DO mandate a quiet hour in the afternoon, usually from 1PM to 3PM.
      If it’s a sunday or one of our many delightful public holidays, you have to keep quiet all day. And of course between 10PM and 6AM.

      That said, freaks are everywhere. It sucks that you guys had horrible neighbours, but in my grand total of 25 years of not only living in Germany but (*gasp*) actually being German, I never had problems with anyone. And I sure dared to vacuum after 1pm or take a shower at 11pm.

      Oh and goodness, Pat, you’re a jerk! It annoys you that people want to practice their English? Those bastards! How dare they be delighted by a new (to them) language and try to accomodate you (even if you don’t need it). And how dare they not have perfect grammar?

      I shall go back now to my mandatory beer, which all Bavarians are required to drink at least twice a day…

      Oct 30, 2010 at 4:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Canthz_B bang

    Crushing doors? Those Berliners have never gotten over that time the Russians came to visit, have they?

    Oct 8, 2010 at 3:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   se

      In Russia, door crushes you.
      I have used this expression twice without crediting original commenter, don’t rememeber who it was…

      Oct 8, 2010 at 8:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   infant tyrone bang

      Per the Wiki for Slashdot…
      The phrase was actually originated by Ukrainian-born comedian Yakov Smirnoff as his famous Russian reversal – “In America, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, The Party can always find you!”

      Oct 8, 2010 at 9:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   se

      well, thank you, Tyrone, always nice to give credit where it’s due.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 10:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   Scribbles the Monkey bang

      More classics by the same comedian: “In America, you watch television. In Soviet Russia, television watches you!”

      And “In America, you assassinate President. In Soviet Russia, President assassinates you!”

      Oct 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.5   Ed Depaine

      Roses are red Violets are blue In Soviet Russia, poem write you.

      Oct 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Canthz_B bang

    I’d love to crush/slam a door or two sometimes, but I’m psychologically unable to do so.

    When I was a child, I used to spend the summer with my grandmother in South Carolina. She had a thing against her wood-framed screen door being slammed.

    A switch from a Chinaberry tree branch quickly convinced me she was very serious about it.

    Now, just thinking about slamming a door raises welts on my buttocks. That’s why I wrote this standing up! :???:

    Oct 8, 2010 at 4:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   clumber

      CB, I am a tad surprised you have said psych issue. Did she at least let you choose your own switch?

      Slide over on this couch right here {pats comfy couch} and let’s hear all about it from the beginning…

      Oct 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Canthz_B bang

      Let me? She insisted on it!! Longest walk I ever took. ;-)

      Oct 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Silver

    I’d have written over the note with a permanent pen “say it to my face, and maybe I’ll consider it., twat.”

    Oct 8, 2010 at 8:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Graham

      To which they would reply:

      Vot is meaning the vord ‘twat’. Euro legislation 167B/98/Anglo/24a.1 requires that all insults are to be internationally recognised and limited to: sheiss-arshloch-hure-ficker which translates to ‘oh my goodness’.

      Offer them beer, it almost always works. Well it did for us until we tried to recreate the Dambusters bombing run at the Bradenburg Gate. Before the wall came down. Using a beer barrel.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 8:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   clumber

      Being in a distracted and half-assed mood this fine day, I read #11 as : I’d have written with a permanent pen on my face, “maybe I’ll consider it., twat.”

      I was all ready to give Silver the Annual Gold Commitment To Making Your Point trophy.

      Oct 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

    Hell is other people. I’m just sayin’.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 9:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   sleeps

      Sounds like Paul’s neighbours wish there was No Exit from his flat?

      Oct 8, 2010 at 10:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Rattus

      My favourite quote ever. I’m planning on cross-stitching it and framing it for my front hall whilst convalescing.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Scribbles the Monkey bang

      You and I both, Ratnuts.

      Oct 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   aaa bang

    Some of their neighbors are too fucking lame to swear properly. Their censoring of swears is just as useless and transparent as censoring in Japanese cartoon porn.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Mo®

      fuzzed out fucking
      furries! Wow that is bizarre.
      Happy bunny sun.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   aaa bang

      Not even fuzzed out
      Pixels, small as possible
      Furries don’t bother


      Oct 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   shwonline bang

    *peeks at door through thumb and forefinger*

    I’m crushing your door! Crush crush crush!

    Oct 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Komrade127

    This happened to me when I lived in Germany. My landlord was constantly criticizing the loudness with which my roommate and I closed the door to our flat. This went on for months. I think it’s pretty typical for older Germans to expect silence in the corridors.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   RedDelicious

    Has it crossed anyone’s mind that maybe they really -are- slamming (read: crushing) the door? Some people are just oblivious to the fact they do it, and hardly would remember to change their behavior once reproached. Some people are just assholes. For instance, my upstairs neighbor blasts his music at 3 a.m. after he comes home drunk from bars, has urinated off his balcony onto my plants (on purpose), and pounded on my door at 2:45 a.m. while I was asleep to apologize for it. The threat of eviction from the apartment owners hasn’t changed his behavior. Some people just have no regard for anyone else but themselves. As long as they’re having a good time, screw anyone else they might be infringing upon to do so. Respect is apparently an antiquated notion.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   oi

      Jesus Christ! old people!
      Old people are insane. Case in Point: The other day we were having lunch in patio of the restaurant. The elderly couple parked the car right in front of our table, got out and locked the car with a remote key. That lock beep was so loud and screeching that I flinched back in my chair and my friend spilled his drink. People at the other table (little further than us) like WTF! I was like this must be illegal you know, and my friend was like that physically hurt me. People at the other table also made comments. By this time the elderly couple had moved about five paces from the car and would you believe? he did it again! How in the hell can you forget the first ear splitting beep in period of two minutes? I am like somebody needs to tell them they can’t be doing this. My friend who is native here is like the old people have free reign here. They can murder us if they want. I so hated him.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   Lauri

      congrats, you’ve, like, used the word, “like”, like, fifty times in one post. like wow. Kids!

      Oct 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.3   oi

      Is that all you picked up from this story? You must be that 80 years old guy who goes around raping people’s ear.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.4   anglophile bang

      When you consider oi’s first language is not English, her grasp of the California dialect is even more impressive, Lauri.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.5   orinoco womble

      Never mind, oi. Some day soon you’ll be old too. And you’ll feel just as entitled to do as you like as you do now…only more so.

      Oct 9, 2010 at 11:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.6   Canthz_B bang

      Lauri, congratulations. You’ve like mastered the art of exaggeration, like times ten.

      *CB likes this, and like approves this message* ;-)

      Oct 10, 2010 at 11:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.7   oi

      I read CB and Glo’s comments and I am like I like those comments. Like you know I really like them. ;)
      I (and my friend and people on the other table) have an entitlement issue in this story! OK then. of course ears, they are like disposable.

      Oct 10, 2010 at 8:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.8   Canthz_B bang

      Damned right they are, oi…remove your freaking ears whenever some idiot decides to make excessive noise wherever you happen to be peaceably seated!!
      For the greater good! (blast from the past phrase)

      Oct 11, 2010 at 4:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Nahhh bang

    Ich bin ein zerdrückte Berliner.

    Mein Creme Einlage sickert ab ihrer Pforte. Mmmm…

    Oct 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Mo® bang

      Ich bin ein Berliner mit einem zerquetschen. Ich möchte Ihnen meine verleihen creme Kuchen Marilyn.

      Oct 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Eatthepeach

    The best/worst aspect of this is the sarcastic attempt at English but why are we saying older Germans? Germans of all ages love to tell others what to do and how to do it. They love to enforce rules.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   Lauri

    I am also on the “no slam” side. I stay in a lot of hotels for business and so many people slam the damn doors when I’m trying to sleep. When you slam the door hard enough to make the floor vibrate in MY room, you have serious issues.

    It took the note writer 15 months either because they really didn’t want to make an issue out of it but finally couldn’t stand it anymore OR they just moved in and aren’t afraid to put a stop to it right away.

    Oct 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   Odious

    I had a roommate that went to work at 6am and slammed the door so hard that, every day, window blinds fell down and cabinet doors swung open. I finally told her to knock it off and she claimed ignorance.

    Oct 9, 2010 at 1:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Daniel

    I think anyone pretentious enough to say the phrase “which most expats would consider an insult” in regard to a note being written in English has it coming to them.

    Oct 9, 2010 at 4:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Liz

      I’m on the fence on that comment, Daniel. I lived in Germany for a couple of years and spoke “mehr als ein bisschen Deutsch” (more than a little German). It was a sign that my neighbors and coworkers accepted me when we spoke and wrote German to each other. Of course, when there was an odd topic that might be confusing, it was nice when they wrote me in English.

      However, in this case, writing in English led to a confusing situation – in what way does one how-do-you-say “crush” a door? Wie, Bitte? I am of the meaning that one can a door with a steam roller make crushed, but a simple slamming of the door does not make the door zerstoert!

      Oct 11, 2010 at 1:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Doug Stephens

    “Crushing” your door. I love it. I am stealing that term from whatever German used it incorrectly. :):):):)

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   matt

    dear neighbors,
    some house-keeping rules
    1. Do not make a single sound after 5pm.
    2. Do not disturb our pets by any means.
    3. Do not close/crush your door.
    4. Do not use your vacuum cleaner or any other appliance which we might hear.

    If you are found in breach of these rules, you will be taken outside and shot.
    Peace dude. Love, your neighbor

    Oct 10, 2010 at 1:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Susan

    I’m Team Neighbor, but I admit I have a bias. One of my new neighbors slams his door every time he goes in and out, and it sounds like a goddamn gunshot. My floor literally shakes every time he does it, and if it’s late, it wakes me up. I have been debating what to do about it. Probably he has no idea he’s doing it. But well, it’s NYC, I don’t know the guy, and I don’t want him to get hostile with me. Shoot me, but I’ve been debating a polite note.

    Oct 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Liz

      write it politely in German … then shoot him

      No, really, start with the polite note. Then when the jerk ignores it, write a tasty PAN, complete with lots of smiley faces and odd grammar. Be sure to use COMIC SANS. And then post his asshole reply (which will inevitably come) on this site for our enjoyment!
      THX and Greetz,

      Oct 11, 2010 at 1:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   Susan

      That’s an excellent idea. I probably won’t be able to get him to stop slamming the door no matter what I do, but at least I can have a good time.

      THX and Greetz.

      Oct 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   Divvitar

    So, if he’s crushing the door, does that mean he’s using a maul or sledgehammer or something? Repeated crushing would imply that the door must be shattered by now. Now, *slamming* the door is different. Perhaps this word doesn’t really translate into Deutsch?

    Oct 11, 2010 at 1:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Canthz_B bang

      Or it does not really translate to douche?

      Oct 11, 2010 at 4:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   People are funny

    When you live in an apartment, you will always have someone who complains. I had loud neighbors – but generally could stand it. I mean, it was an apartment; you will hear other people living.

    What used to make me insane though was my neighbor’s Karaoke machine. That went beyond what I could easily endure. Drunken Barry Manilo karaoke songs at 3:00 a.m. got them a broom banging on the wall.

    Oct 11, 2010 at 9:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   joebob

    A common misconception is that none must always be treated as singular. The customary support for this view is that none necessarily means “not one” (implying singularity); in fact, “none” is just as likely to imply “not any” (implying plurality). As noted in The American Heritage Dictionary: “the word has been used as both a singular and a plural noun from Olde English onward.”

    Oct 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Canthz_B bang

      It’s pretty obvious that “Gigglebrax” is not yet included in The American Heritage Dictionary, otherwise you’d know what it means. :-P

      Oct 12, 2010 at 2:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   YG

    I’m an expat living in Germany, and it’s true…if a German had a problem with something you were doing, they’d come over and say it to your face. They’re very direct people. I don’t get the whole note thing.

    Oct 13, 2010 at 2:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   mystic_eye

    Well the note wasn’t written by an American, it uses the “international” spelling of the word neighbour.

    Oct 14, 2010 at 9:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   Paige’s example of Rhetorical Situation Myth « English 276: Introduction to Rhetoric

    [...] rhetorical situations in terms of the Bitzer-Vatz debate.  For example, in this little note (http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2010/10/07/crushing/ ) to a neighbor complaining about the way he/she closes the door, I am sure the author may have [...]

    Oct 25, 2010 at 11:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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