McDonald's 39 years out of date

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  1. ninety

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    McDonald's Pounded Over 'Bob' Menu Advert - Yahoo! News UK

    A bit of research would have revealed that this wasn't right. McD's appeal that English is constantly changing doesn't really wash. Constantly changing? Yes, but 39 years is a bit out! To be fair, 'bob' hasn't completely died out, but did refer to a shilling, now a five pence piece.

    Words do change their meaning, 'gay' is an obvious one, doesn't really mean frivolity anymore. Some words have different meanings in different parts of the world, US fanny = ass, UK fanny = lady parts. US fag = see gay, UK fag = cigarette.

    Is our Pound referred to by 'Bob' in any parts of the States?
     
  2. firehawc_69

    firehawc_69 cloppers = ignore list

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    I thought Bob was your uncle.

    Never heard of it. But I don't know what the hell a quid or a p is either.
     
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  3. Optimus Sledge

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    I would love to see their research. I'm guessing it was scribbled in crayon by a marketing exec in an Irish-themed pub.
     
  4. Hiraga

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    You mean this Uncle Bob?
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    McDonalds is great. I go there every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday after school with my friends and I've never gotten fat. Bite me McD haters. :p 
     
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    Beat me to it.

    And I've never heard "Bob" used to refer to anything other than someone/something's name or as an action: bob up and down for instance.
     
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    So, if I understand correctly, MCD's used the word "Bob" as a currency amount in the same way that you would use Pound or Quid. But the word "Bob" as it related to currency is no longer a proper word. So you are wondering WTFOMGBBQ. Is that right?

    I don't think I have ever heard the term Bob before.
     
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    Even when "bob" was used as slang for a unit of currency, it didn't refer to a pound. Even if the term was still in common use, McDonald's would still be using it incorrectly.
     
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    Yeah, I thought Bob was your uncle.
     
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    Well, it is certinly better than calling your money a Loonie or Twoonie.
     
  11. Optimus Sledge

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    Double cheeseburger? I'd hit it.
     
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    lolWHUT.
     
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    Wait, so bob is another word for currency unit? As Spock would say, "Fascinating."

    I still use both. :lol 
     
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    So how much is a Sally, these days?

    this is why i get confused watching british television.
    we say, one dollar and a quarter.
    But in one sentence, i hear someone use 2-3 different terms to describe a ten dollar meal.

    i just give up, call most overseas money the metric currency and ignore it, lol.
     
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    Magic beans!
     
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    The examples for the different meanings of the words above are funny, didn't know that!
     
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    I don't think that's entirely fair - you use 'buck' as slang for dollar, not to mention that whereas we have the pound and then fractions of it in varying 'pence' sizes (1 pence, 2 pence, 5 pence, 10 pence, 20 pence and 50 pence) you guys have not only have the aforementioned cent and quarter, but also the nickel and the dime to describe your fractions (as opposed to just saying 10cents). Also 'bit' and 'two bit' if you wanna be old school..and this doesn't cover all the varying names for note sizes (single, deuce, Jefferson, Bejamin etc ect) rather like we have quid, fiver, tenner. I think we probably rack up equal with the colloquialisms!

    'Bob' is very old fashioned here, though you will still find people saying 'lend us/me a bob' an expression that has allowed the value of the currency to change somewhat (used to refer to a Shilling). The Scouts would have 'bob-a-job' week where they'd knock on people doors offering to perform menial tasks for a small financial reward.

    Metric currency is far easier to deal with than Imperial as it bears more resemblance to the dollar system.
     
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    I'm not familiar too much with the UK vernacular, but all I know of "bob" is from A Christmas Carol, where Scrooge was paying Cratchet 15 bob a week.
     
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    You know, ad execs have this stunning unflattering image in the media.

    And then we keep seeing that it's pretty much merited.

    The level of disconnection from just the world at large is incredible, considering that the definition of their job is to research and target a particular audience with their work.

    See the aforementioned "I'd hit it." advertisements. It's almost incomprehensible laziness that allows it to get to that point.

    When part of one's job would involve specifically determining the correct vernacular for a targeted advertisement and one just doesn't bother? That indicates, to me, a certain level of contempt and laziness that I honestly find off-putting.

    - Coeloptera
     

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