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"...ask the ask"?!?

"...ask the ask"?!?

"...ask the ask"?!?

(OP)
I'm writing this while in a conference call. Someone has replaced the word "question" with the word "ask". The person has actually used this sentence...

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Someone will need to ask the ask, where do we go from here?

And more, talking about the questions we need to ask about a project...

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What's the ask here?

I almost laughed out loud. Do people like this hear themselves? Do they talk like this normally? Or is this just meeting-speak for them?

RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

Well, somewhat related. I've had to counsel some of my coworkers from the Indian subcontinent who put in their e-mail: "Please send your queries to me". More than once, he has received requests from people who have problems with their SQL. <sigh>

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(OP)
Oh, that's funny. They asked for it.


RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

I've heard of "verbing" nouns and I'm not a fan.

"Nouning" Verbs is too far, especially when there is a perfectly suitable word.

On a side note, has anyone else noticed that people seem to be dropping the -ly off of adverbs?

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RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

Yeah, I need to socialize that, for sure.

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RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

He asked too much. Someone should axe him.

Bye, Olaf.

RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

It makes me wonder they have to walk the walk and talk the talk while asking the ask?

Or could that result in them falling the fall?

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
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RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

(OP)
Hmmm, I'm sitting in another conference call and someone is using "ask" with a slightly different meaning. The person is a programmer/developer, and it's being used in place of "specifications or requirements". Something like that.

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The ask for this change was to just auto-populate the form fields from system XXXX.

The context seems to be, somebody "asked" him to change the program, so everything within that "ask" defines the "ask".

Is this really stupid, or am I just being an ask hole?

bigsmile

RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

Task perhaps (ask mark shout point ask mark)

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Nouning a verb??? What an epic fail!

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Please refer to the FAA

RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

Is this a culture thing? A slang-speak, so to say? Maybe your speaker doesn't have a "professional" switch or thinks the audience is receptive to that usage.

In my professional community I wouldn't expect to hear that manner of speech, but outside of where I work I probably would - depending on the crowd.

Not defending anyone, just an alternate suggestion to someone's speech. I am sure I am guilty of throwing too many military terms in my professional speach, stemming from my background and personal community. Only had one person call me out on it in 15 years.

Robert "Wizard" Johnson III
U.S. Military Vets MC
CSM, CSPO, MCPD, CCNA, CCDA, MCSA, CNA, Net+, A+, CHDP
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RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

Quote (guitarzan)

What an epic fail!

You know, that phrase, each and every time I see it (and unfortunately, it is a LOT). Produces the same effects as 'Nails on a blackboard' does.

Four short words, just four, and fifty percent of them are being used incorrectly and inappropriately. Though maybe we should be grateful for small mercies and acknowledge that at least they usually get the 'an' usage correct.

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
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"Please send your queries to me"
actually that is not too bad after all a question is a query
coming form the Indian sub-continent i am supposed it did not read "Please send your doubts to me".



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RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

While a question may be a query, the word query is not often used in that manner in American English. Query has become associated with the writing of SQL, Structured Query Language. Using the word "query" to mean "question" should be avoided (in my humble opinion). There are other words in Indian English that can cause confusion when used in America. For instance, "intimating" something to someone.

And yes, I do hear the use of "doubts" more frequently in Indian English.

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The word query is not often used in that manner in American English
That could be the problem, on the right side of the pond in English English it is not unreasonable usage smile


Do things on the cheap & it will cost you dear

RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

For the formal request for questions I'd rather expect inquiries than questions or queries, but I agree the query in SQL existed before databases and SQL, so it's current strong association to databases is not necessarily making it wrong to talk of queries in other contexts.

Bye, Olaf.

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It may be the right side of the pond, but Brits don't drive on the right side of the road. We wonder why they say "schedule" the way they do when we all pronounce "school" the same. And if you realize that American English uses the Z when the Brits use S, you can't help but come to the conclusion that American English has taken the Queen's English to higher levels of evolution. wink

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the word query is not often used in that manner in American English. Query has become associated with the writing of SQL, Structured Query Language.
Only to a programmer or IT techy-type.

To the 'real people' query just means asking the ask, in the same way that;

'theory' means an 'good idea' rather than 'an observed effect or condition that has been fully tested and verified as a true and sound principle',

or

'nothing' means 'absence of anything' rather than 'something that as yet, is not identified or proposed as a candidate for an observed effect or condition'.

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
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(OP)

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...you can't help but come to the conclusion that American English has taken the Queen's English to higher levels of evolution.

Evolution?!? What an interesting "theory". Actually, it's more like we've taken our hands off the steering wheel allowing English to careen uncontrolled wherever momentum or the odd cultural pothole takes it.

RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

Which brings us to a great question. Do they have a Fourth of July in England?

Spoiler:

Yes, it falls between July 3rd and July 5th

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RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

Do you have your Windows 95 virus discs ready - just in case?

Bye, Olaf.

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Do they have a Fourth of July in England?

We certainly do.
It's sandwiched between the third and the fifth (didn't need your 'spoiler' for that wink)

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
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RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

To be safe on the fourth, take not a fifth on the third, lest you come not forth on the fifth forthwith!

Skip,

glassesJust traded in my OLD subtlety...
for a NUance!tongue

RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

(OP)

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Which brings us to a great question. Do they have a Fourth of July in England?

Hmmm, I just realized, not only does England have a 4th of July, but now they have an Independence Day too!


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No matter if June 23rd or a date yet to come, nothing to congratulate to, if you ask me.

Bye, Olaf.

RE: "...ask the ask"?!?

a bit late but I am going to bite for the fun of it anyway smile

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Brits don't drive on the right side of the road.

We do drive on the right* side of the road (for very good historical reasons) it is most of the world that drives on the WRONG* side of the road.

I have actually had a reasonable explanation for this in the US which boils down to the fact that the US has much less historical baggage. as for Europe it is simply because Napoleon was left handed which makes retaining it after his defeat a bit of a joke.


*Grammar pedants will probably say I should be using correct & incorrect instead of right & wrong


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