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(Fark)   The perils of bilingualism or why I had to tell my manager's manager to stop referring to some employees as "fappers"   (fark.com) divider line
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2022-12-07 5:01:36 PM  
To put things in context, I work in a bilingual (English and French) environment.  Generally speaking the majority of bilingual employees tend to be francophones since there are more francophones who learn English than there are anglophones who learn French.

One of the frequent issues with bilingual people is that they are usually less familiar with slang and idioms in their second language.

So we have a group of five employees who frequently meet to discuss Financial Administration and Planning for the entire branch.  So they decided to call themselves "the FAP".  All members are francophones.  Until now, I hadn't raise the issue that this name could be problematic.

Today, I ran into my manager's manager and decided to follow-up on a union question I had raised at a recent meeting.  The response I was given was that he first needed to speak with the "fappers" before giving me an official response...

I couldn't stop myself from chuckling when he said those words, something which clearly puzzled him.  I had no choice but to tell him he shouldn't be using that term at the office and urged him to do a google search for "fap slang" or "fapper slang".

It was an awkward coversation to say the least, but he was grateful I had informed him and probably helped him avoid having HR problems in the future.

I figured my fellow farkers might appreciate this story.
 
2022-12-07 5:09:14 PM  
Tell them to do some research on Urbandictionary.
 
2022-12-07 5:14:33 PM  

aleister_greynight: Tell them to do some research on Urbandictionary.


They'll get the same result with the google search.

I kept hoping someone else would raise the issue.  After 15 years, I guess it was time I finally bring it up.
 
2022-12-07 5:22:54 PM  
Too much fappers made him go blind?
 
2022-12-07 5:23:57 PM  
Sounds like something francophones might do but how much intent and how much innocence was there among les fappeurs and fappeuses? Is there a French word that I am not remembering that might determine the choice?

What a wonderful nickname for the Finance and Planning departments of the world. I endorse the idea for unilingual English speakers.
 
2022-12-07 5:25:28 PM  
I also had a friend who wanted to order pineapple ice cream when were visiting Toronto.

Another thing bilingual francophones tend to do, is that when they can't find the word they're looking for they'll just use the French word but pronounce it as if it was English.  iat works sometime, but not this time.

In French, "pineapple" is called "ananas".  So she ordered ananas ice cream but it sounded more like "an anus ice cream".  Needless to say, both the guy at the counter laughed out loud.  But he still understood the order and gave her pineapple ice cream.  Sure glad he didn't try to serve what she had asked for.
 
2022-12-07 5:27:08 PM  

brantgoose: Sounds like something francophones might do but how much intent and how much innocence was there among les fappeurs and fappeuses? Is there a French word that I am not remembering that might determine the choice?

What a wonderful nickname for the Finance and Planning departments of the world. I endorse the idea for unilingual English speakers.


As far as I know, fappeur has no meaning in French.  Though at this point, despite being a francophone I'm probably more up to date on English slang than French slang.
 
2022-12-07 5:28:12 PM  
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Just try and read that book with a straight face after becoming a Farker.
 
2022-12-07 5:31:11 PM  
Quels branleurs absolue.
 
2022-12-07 5:47:10 PM  
Remember when RWNJs decided to call themselves tea baggers? They didn't even have a second language to blame.
 
2022-12-07 5:50:50 PM  

IgG4: Remember when RWNJs decided to call themselves tea baggers? They didn't even have a second language to blame.


To be fair they don't really have a first language either, it's just a bunch of grunts and screams until they're 14 and they try to learn a language wolfchildren style.
 
2022-12-07 10:57:34 PM  
I've never heard anyone use the term "fap" or "fappers" anywhere but the internet, but I guess it's best just to be sure.
 
2022-12-08 12:21:57 AM  
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2022-12-08 12:50:22 AM  
The only thing I took away from this story is that somehow some people have their manager's manager.

A manager that oversees their manager.

I worked for Target when I was 15 y/o and even then I didn't have a manager's manager.
 
2022-12-08 12:55:58 AM  

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That's Photoshopped and it's not Fox News. It's from an episode of Louie. Specifically, a bit that has become incredibly creepy now that we know what we do about Louis C.K.

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Ouch.
 
2022-12-08 12:59:10 AM  

Gordon Bennett: invictus2: [Fark user image 471x360]

That's Photoshopped and it's not Fox News. It's from an episode of Louie. Specifically, a bit that has become incredibly creepy now that we know what we do about Louis C.K.

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Ouch.


/I know "That's the Joke"
/ You can see the FX water mark on the side
/Plus I watched a few of the episodes
 
2022-12-08 2:08:22 AM  

IgG4: Remember when RWNJs decided to call themselves tea baggers? They didn't even have a second language to blame.


And the guys who wore tri-corn hats with stapled tea bags hanging off them?

And then they got mad at all the people laughing at them.... which just made it funnier!
 
2022-12-08 2:58:56 AM  

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She's a CAM-girl.
 
2022-12-08 3:17:24 AM  

Dissident Sheep: I also had a friend who wanted to order pineapple ice cream when were visiting Toronto.

Another thing bilingual francophones tend to do, is that when they can't find the word they're looking for they'll just use the French word but pronounce it as if it was English.  iat works sometime, but not this time.

In French, "pineapple" is called "ananas".  So she ordered ananas ice cream but it sounded more like "an anus ice cream".  Needless to say, both the guy at the counter laughed out loud.  But he still understood the order and gave her pineapple ice cream.  Sure glad he didn't try to serve what she had asked for.


I woulda LOLed too.

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2022-12-08 4:24:43 AM  
I have a mutated gene for colon cancer -- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, the FAP gene.
Yes, I laughed inappropriately when I was told and had to explain myself to the genetic counselor.
 
2022-12-08 4:24:58 AM  
Just imagine, 1920's dancing around doing the charleston. Ejaculating every where.

/ Um I think im confusing flappers to fappers
 
2022-12-08 4:29:58 AM  
I once was direct-report to the CIO of a Fortune-50 company who had Lukket's brilliant magnum-opus on the wall and thought it was real. I broke the news to him gently, I was there when it was Boobiesed on Fark.


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2022-12-08 5:16:01 AM  
It's like those French......

Steve Martin - some more standup comedy from the 70's
Youtube 0A7Yh-ewee0
 
2022-12-08 6:37:50 AM  
I didn't expect this to get greenlit...

I'll throw in a third story, this time featuring me as the dumbass.

I had been working on a one-day small conference for several Fist Nations individuals.  Instead of going with our usual catering list, I decided to use a First Nation caterer for a more traditional meal.

The day of the conference arrives and eventually the lunch arrives.  One of the dishes offered was beaver meat, which I decided to try.

Anyway, the conference went well and the next day I'm in a meeting with my colleagues who ask me how it went.  I tell them it went as well as it could.  I conclude by stating "Oh! I also ate beaver for the first time yesterday".

I imnediately realized what I had just said and covered my mouth with my hand and imnediately blushed as my colleagues started laughing.

In my defence, the beaver thing doesn't have an equivalent in French, so it was only when the words left my mouth that I realized what I had just said.
 
2022-12-08 7:50:58 AM  

Dissident Sheep: I had been working on a one-day small conference for several Fist Nations individuals. Instead of going with our usual catering list, I decided to use a First Nation caterer for a more traditional meal.

 
2022-12-08 8:12:51 AM  

Sunidesus: Dissident Sheep: I had been working on a one-day small conference for several Fist Nations individuals. Instead of going with our usual catering list, I decided to use a First Nation caterer for a more traditional meal.


That's one of the best typos I've ever seen lol.
 
2022-12-08 8:22:24 AM  

Sunidesus: Dissident Sheep: I had been working on a one-day small conference for several Fist Nations individuals. Instead of going with our usual catering list, I decided to use a First Nation caterer for a more traditional meal.


Detroiters?

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When our company started, they began using names from Greek mythology for teams and spaces. It was meant to be ironic because we were very small and in a challenging business environment. One team decided to name themselves after the Trojan warrior Aeneas. The name is intended to be pronounced uh·nee·uhs. I chose to use the pronunciation ay-nuhs at every opportunity just to see how long it took for someone to call me on it. Now the pronunciation has spread throughout our division. They spell it correctly, and the name has never come up in our formal meetings. If the team is referenced, the speaker will refer to it as (team manager's name)'s team.

For a while I just thought folks might not realize the mispronunciation was intentional and think I was uneducated. Now I can't tell if no one else is aware of the correct pronunciation, or if everyone is in on the joke. Everything has gotten so serious and culture buzzwords have become so important that I don't find any benefit in admitting I have been intentionally provocative.
 
2022-12-08 9:51:36 AM  

invictus2: Just imagine, 1920's dancing around doing the charleston. Ejaculating every where.

/ Um I think im confusing flappers to fappers


In going over G'ma's writings, they were a pretty saucy bunch.
 
2022-12-08 10:12:09 AM  
I teach middle school science in a bilingual school and the only Spanish I really know is social pleasantries and cuss words.  The kids found out quick that I know the cuss words.
 
2022-12-08 11:42:55 AM  
stop referring to some employees as "fappers"

"Are they?"

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2022-12-08 12:36:54 PM  

Dissident Sheep: To put things in context, I work in a bilingual (English and French) environment.  Generally speaking the majority of bilingual employees tend to be francophones since there are more francophones who learn English than there are anglophones who learn French.

One of the frequent issues with bilingual people is that they are usually less familiar with slang and idioms in their second language.

So we have a group of five employees who frequently meet to discuss Financial Administration and Planning for the entire branch.  So they decided to call themselves "the FAP".  All members are francophones.  Until now, I hadn't raise the issue that this name could be problematic.

Today, I ran into my manager's manager and decided to follow-up on a union question I had raised at a recent meeting.  The response I was given was that he first needed to speak with the "fappers" before giving me an official response...

I couldn't stop myself from chuckling when he said those words, something which clearly puzzled him.  I had no choice but to tell him he shouldn't be using that term at the office and urged him to do a google search for "fap slang" or "fapper slang".

It was an awkward coversation to say the least, but he was grateful I had informed him and probably helped him avoid having HR problems in the future.

I figured my fellow farkers might appreciate this story.


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Can't find the pic of the Uber with the word Parts under Auto.
Coworkers lunch bag from old job
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2022-12-08 1:26:22 PM  

DannyBrandt: The only thing I took away from this story is that somehow some people have their manager's manager.

A manager that oversees their manager.

I worked for Target when I was 15 y/o and even then I didn't have a manager's manager.


So you assume that your manager at Target when you were 15 didn't report to anyone?
 
2022-12-08 11:11:02 PM  

maxheck: I once was direct-report to the CIO of a Fortune-50 company who had Lukket's brilliant magnum-opus on the wall and thought it was real. I broke the news to him gently, I was there when it was Boobiesed on Fark.


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There's no one so experienced that they can't be boobiesed.
 
2022-12-09 8:36:33 AM  

Dissident Sheep: I also had a friend who wanted to order pineapple ice cream when were visiting Toronto.

Another thing bilingual francophones tend to do, is that when they can't find the word they're looking for they'll just use the French word but pronounce it as if it was English.  iat works sometime, but not this time.

In French, "pineapple" is called "ananas".  So she ordered ananas ice cream but it sounded more like "an anus ice cream".  Needless to say, both the guy at the counter laughed out loud.  But he still understood the order and gave her pineapple ice cream.  Sure glad he didn't try to serve what she had asked for.


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