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#9764 - 05/04/10 12:29 PM Is there a recession or not?
Bensheim Offline


Registered: 08/16/09
Loc: UK
Hi there

Another not-computers topic on which I'd appreciate some intelligent replies: Recession.

Everywhere we are told (via the media) that we are in the grip of the worst recession since God-knows-when. Years. OKayyyyyyy.

I would have thought this affected the motor trade, wouldn't you?

Yet today, I informed the dealership who service our high-profile marque car (BMW) that we wanted to trade it in and buy a better one. Note the word "buy". i.e., spend money on.

No salesman called me back.

I take this somewhat askance. The last time we were there - when we bought the current model - we were the only customers there. I doubt, in the current recession, that that has changed.

I just plain do not understand. This is a Flagship Dealership for this area. i.e., it is huge and glossy with hundreds of unsold cars on their premises. A customer of long standing (me - I've been with them for over 10 years) states that they want to BUY another one, and no one calls me back.

frown

Is it me? How can it be me? I run a company and when I get a sales enquiry I'm on the case immediately! It's a recession, right?

confused

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#9766 - 05/04/10 12:57 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Bensheim]
freelance Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: London, UK
(See reply to election thread for background)

Service and initiative in this country has always sucked big time. People with "get up and go" emigrate to America.

Or, if it was Monday or Friday, your salesman was "sick".

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#9775 - 05/05/10 02:06 AM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Bensheim]
grelber Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
Methinks it's just the car dealers. I've experienced the exact same issue in Canada. Like you, I just don't understand it.

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#9786 - 05/05/10 01:53 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: grelber]
Bensheim Offline


Registered: 08/16/09
Loc: UK
24 hours have now elapsed. I have phoned the dealership twice. No salesman has called me back to find out what I want to BUY next.

I despair. I just plain don't understand them.

<bangs head on desk>


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#9788 - 05/05/10 03:05 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Bensheim]
freelance Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: London, UK
Audi A8?
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#9790 - 05/05/10 04:48 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Bensheim]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
seeing as 95% of car salesmen are on commission that would put the pay-to-tips ratio of a waitress to shame, I very much doubt they deliberately ignored you. Probably lost a sticky note or something.
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#9794 - 05/05/10 11:58 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Bensheim]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: Bensheim
24 hours have now elapsed. I have phoned the dealership twice. No salesman has called me back to find out what I want to BUY next.

I despair. I just plain don't understand them.

<bangs head on desk>

Is there any chance that they just plain don't understand you?
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#9796 - 05/06/10 01:30 AM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: artie505]
grelber Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
There's a Na'vi word for that: skxawng.
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#9803 - 05/06/10 10:37 AM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: grelber]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
There's a Na'vi word for that: skxawng.

Pronunciation please?
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#9806 - 05/06/10 01:06 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Virtual1]
grelber Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
That's pretty close to phonetic:
sk as in sk of English skunk;
x as in ch of Scots Gaelic loch or German ach;
aw as in English ow, although ah-oo might be a better approximation;
ng as in ng of English sing.

And it means "moron" (in case you missed it in Avatar).

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#9810 - 05/06/10 03:50 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Virtual1]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
You can hear "skxawng" spoken here.

(The whatchamacallit doesn't show the "g" as being pronounced, but it sure sounds like the speaker is enunciating it?)
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#9813 - 05/07/10 04:57 AM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: artie505]
grelber Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
Nice site.

The pronunciation is clipped at the end, giving the impression of a velar stop [g] following the velar nasal.

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#9816 - 05/07/10 02:25 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: grelber]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
> 1. ng as in ng of English sing.

> 2. The whatchamacallit doesn't show the "g" as being pronounced, but it sure sounds like the speaker is enunciating it?

Originally Posted By: grelber
3. The pronunciation is clipped at the end, giving the impression of a velar stop [g] following the velar nasal.

Doesn't 3 contradict 1?
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#9819 - 05/07/10 04:14 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: artie505]
Pendragon Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Georgetown, Texas, USA
[quote=artie505]You can hear "skxawng" spoken here.

Shouldn't "skxawng" be capitalized? wink
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#9820 - 05/07/10 04:31 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: artie505]
grelber Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
No. I was referring to the pronunciation in the exemplar given on the website (not my earlier elaboration).
Check out the movie and listen to the word (used several times).

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#9821 - 05/07/10 04:32 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Pendragon]
grelber Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
Only if it's the name of the car dealership(s) referred to by Bensheim.

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#9823 - 05/07/10 05:18 PM Re: Is there a recession or not? [Re: Bensheim]
Gregg Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Milwaukee, WI (USA)
Famous quote:
"It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job. It's a depression when you lose yours."

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