Friends from places where English is not the primary language: I have noticed in my travels that places like McDonald's, KFC, and other American fast food chains often still have their packaging and ads mostly in English, even if English isn't the language of the area. Do most people understand what it says, or does… » 10/24/14 9:44am Friday 9:44am

A good reply I use for when people say bigoted things is to say "Goodness, [Name,] don't joke about such things. Someone might take you seriously!"which basically forces them into the position of "joking", subtext: no decent person could possibly say those things in seriousness. Then change the subject. » 10/23/14 1:38pm Thursday 1:38pm

I'm so sorry. Some friends of mine had something similar happen where they lost their first pregnancy to severe birth defects and it was devastating for the whole family, especially them. It's not something I would wish on anyone. I'm really sorry that you had to go through that too. I think it's very kind of you to… » 10/23/14 1:34pm Thursday 1:34pm

I call my parents Mommy and Daddy, largely because in my family we call in-laws "Mom" and "Dad" as well, so "Mommy" and "Daddy" get reserved for birth parents to make them special. I also occasionally call my mom "Mamoo" or "Ma" and my dad "Daddio" or "Papoo" which has no special story, I'm just weird. Although now… » 10/17/14 3:35pm 10/17/14 3:35pm

I know I haven't indoctrinated my toddler enough yet, because we were roughhousing yesterday and she said it was fun. So I say "NO, daughter! This is your self defense training against the patriarchy. Take it seriously!" But she always just toddles off saying "Book Book Bear Train." It's a struggle, you guys. » 10/17/14 9:52am 10/17/14 9:52am

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