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(The New Republic)   Americans have started saying "queue." Don't blame the British. Blame Netflix   (newrepublic.com) divider line 88
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2014-03-13 05:43:17 PM
It wouldn't be very British until people start using it as a verb. "I'm quite adept at queuing at the DMV."
 
2014-03-13 06:02:51 PM

RexTalionis: It wouldn't be very British until people start using it as a verb. "I'm quite adept at queuing at the DMV."


That is what i came to say. in America queue is a noun. in the UK it is a verb.
 
2014-03-13 06:05:11 PM
I work with a bunch of Brits, so my English has been horribly corrupted, but queue is hardly a new word in the American lexicon.

I'd explain more but I'm about to jump in my drop-head coupe, grab some petrol, and cruise for birds.
 
2014-03-13 06:08:20 PM
I will never verb that noun!
 
2014-03-13 06:28:54 PM
Here's a fun fact: Americanization has repopularized the word "fall" in the meaning of "autumn" within English-English
 
2014-03-13 06:51:37 PM
"Gone missing" is an import also.
 
2014-03-13 07:39:05 PM

RobertBruce: I will never verb that noun!


You will verb it and you will LIKE IT!
 
2014-03-13 07:57:27 PM
I blame programmers.
 
2014-03-13 07:58:52 PM
that's queuet.
 
2014-03-13 07:59:06 PM
I'd reply, but my netflix is queuing
 
2014-03-13 08:00:21 PM
We have not. Now take your spotted dick and get out of here.
 
2014-03-13 08:00:24 PM
The far queue for Kew?
 
2014-03-13 08:00:42 PM
Netflix? Hardly. Anyone has has worked in a phone call center knows that overflow inbound calls are placed in a queue, and are referred to as 'Q' calls.
 
2014-03-13 08:01:05 PM
I blame my CS degree.
 
2014-03-13 08:01:18 PM

MyRandomName: I blame programmers.


That.
 
2014-03-13 08:02:05 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-13 08:04:52 PM
i284.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-13 08:06:30 PM
I just got Netflix......it sucks!

CSB
 
2014-03-13 08:08:02 PM
oystercardjunkie.co.uk
 
2014-03-13 08:08:55 PM
the first time i heard the word it was 1972 in a international airport. when i heard a word i didn't know i asked my mom what it meant.
 
2014-03-13 08:09:25 PM

MyRandomName: I blame programmers.


I remember building my first templated queue. And now, everyone just uses std::deque.
 
2014-03-13 08:11:23 PM
history.cultural-china.com
 
2014-03-13 08:13:24 PM
It's nothing worth twisting your bangers and mash about.
 
2014-03-13 08:13:26 PM
I use the word and had completely forgotten Netflix even has a queue. I'm pretty sure I also used it pre-Netflix. I now use it a lot, but I also blame programmers, since I work in IT.
 
2014-03-13 08:14:24 PM
I blame working for a radio station for 3 years.
 
2014-03-13 08:16:57 PM
Just a couple more decades all we'll all sound the same.
 
2014-03-13 08:17:28 PM

RexTalionis: [history.cultural-china.com image 473x352]


Came to say the same.  "Queue" has been to America before, with 19th century Chinese immigrants and their long, braided hair.  At one point, queues were outlawed in at least one US city, San Francisco, during the days of the Tong Wars.
 
2014-03-13 08:18:38 PM

cman: Here's a fun fact: Americanization has repopularized the word "fall" in the meaning of "autumn" within English-English


That's be "fact" in the sense of "completely untrue thing", will it?
 
2014-03-13 08:19:11 PM

Billy Liar: RexTalionis: [history.cultural-china.com image 473x352]

Came to say the same.  "Queue" has been to America before, with 19th century Chinese immigrants and their long, braided hair.  At one point, queues were outlawed in at least one US city, San Francisco, during the days of the Tong Wars.


We don't like to talk about queues. It's a sore subject for us.
 
2014-03-13 08:24:14 PM
What letter comes after P?
 
2014-03-13 08:24:35 PM
Get the fark out of my line. I hate you even more if:
babies
coupons
checks
stamps
fat
fruit that doesn't scan
black
stupid cashier
more stuff 'on the way'
 
2014-03-13 08:27:31 PM
# means pound sign.
# means little waffle.
# does not mean hashtag.
 
2014-03-13 08:27:58 PM
o-quay doh-quay
 
2014-03-13 08:28:15 PM
I blame IRC in the 90's. Show me that XDCC list! DCC get!
 
2014-03-13 08:32:42 PM

RexTalionis: It wouldn't be very British until people start using it as a verb. "I'm quite adept at queuing at the DMV."


You mean like how KaZaA used it?
 
2014-03-13 08:35:15 PM
I blame computer math classes.
 
2014-03-13 08:37:06 PM
I blame WoW.
 
2014-03-13 08:38:15 PM
I blame Disneyland.

Anyone who ever worked there talks about queues, even if they can't spell it.
 
2014-03-13 08:41:37 PM

natgab: # means pound sign.
# means little waffle.
# does not mean hashtag.


I hate to tell you this, but #hashtag is in the Oxford Dictionary.
 
2014-03-13 08:42:45 PM
I bet the queues did this.
 
2014-03-13 08:44:45 PM
Cept Netflix has dropped the term from its streaming service because it never made sense in the first place. 

Originally when netflix was a disc based service, sure, you had your queue, it was in a certain order, you send your disk back, you get the next one in your queue. I remember the first time browsing around on netflix streaming at a friends house a while back though, i was confused by the "instant queue" im like


"so is this stuff that it precaches to your hard drive to avoid buffering?"
"no, everything streams instantly"
"well then wtf is the queue for?"
"its just like bookmarks or whatever".


Theyve since changed it to "my list" and started randomizing it, so "queue" was extra pointless.
 
2014-03-13 08:45:18 PM

Ty Webb: Netflix? Hardly. Anyone has has worked in a phone call center knows that overflow inbound calls are placed in a queue, and are referred to as 'Q' calls.


I got used to it playing Roller Coaster Tycoon.
 
2014-03-13 08:46:11 PM

Munchkin City Coroner: I bet the queues did this.


static.comicvine.com
 
Ant
2014-03-13 08:51:05 PM
Blame being in IT
 
2014-03-13 08:52:28 PM

lindalouwho: natgab: # means pound sign.
# means little waffle.
# does not mean hashtag.

I hate to tell you this, but #hashtag is in the Oxford Dictionary.


It is NOW.
 
2014-03-13 08:54:10 PM
You have to form a queue if you want food.
/wants some penne all'arrabbiata
 
2014-03-13 08:57:15 PM
The question is do you stand "on line" or "in line"
 
2014-03-13 08:57:32 PM
Here's some queues, ya radge yanks:

a57.foxnews.com
 
2014-03-13 08:58:34 PM

natgab: # means pound sign.
# means little waffle.
# does not mean hashtag.


#Octothorpe.

#Octothorpe.

/Bulbous...
//Bouffant...
///Baloooga!
 
2014-03-13 09:00:48 PM

bughunter: natgab: # means pound sign.
# means little waffle.
# does not mean hashtag.

#Octothorpe.

#Octothorpe.

/Bulbous...
//Bouffant...
///Baloooga!


Macadamia!
 
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