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Comments to Twitter Posts: 2-23-09

Filed under: — Patterico @ 7:45 pm

Just in case any of you aren’t on Twitter, but wanted to comment on any of my Twitter posts from today.

I don’t understand the comment system over there anyway.

I may start putting up a comment page like this every day, at the beginning of the day. It’s a little late for this one, but what the hey.

28 Responses to “Comments to Twitter Posts: 2-23-09”

  1. I’m putting a comment here because if there isn’t at least one I’ll be really embarrassed. How pathetic is that? (Answer: very.)

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  2. Heh!

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  3. I still think that the verb for Twitter sounds like slang that would be more likely found in a Andrew Sullivan personal ad …

    SPQR (26be8b)

  4. SPQR – Agree. It sounds like that car that Audi made that only women would buy because the name was too embarrassing for men to be caught driving.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  5. I refuse to use it, just as I refuse to use the Starbucks sizes. They can figure out “medium.”

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  6. #5, Rebel you are indeed.

    Obama über alles!!!!! (da3d2f)

  7. Twitter & Tweets…the whole thing sounds a bit saucy….Throw Sully in the mix and it becomes eew.

    Dana (137151)

  8. Heh. If I were truly a rebel I wouldn’t drink coffee at Starbucks. I’m a sheep in faux rebel’s clothing.

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  9. Patterico, I don’t patronize coffee shops that don’t sell “small”, “medium” and “large”.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  10. I once heard—NY types can correct or confirm—that the term “medium” when applied to coffee had nothing to do with size.

    Eric Blair (9671e0)

  11. Non-NY types, too. Medium means medium strong and medium sweet.

    nk (b70aca)

  12. #10 Eric, born and raised, and a medium coffee (in the old days with one size coffee cups from the corner deli) meant milk and sugar (2 spoons).

    #8 Actually Patter-EE-koh “iconic” might be a better fit. Rebel is not a constructive word anyway ….

    Obama über alles!!!!! (da3d2f)

  13. Light and sweet


    Black w/wo sugar

    One size for all.

    Obama über alles!!!!! (da3d2f)

  14. So when West Coasters would order a medium coffee in such places, they would be surprised! I wonder if that is not about 2% of the nutty Charbux nomenclature.

    I have never lived on the East Coast. So it would be odd indeed to order a medium black coffee….

    Eric Blair (9671e0)

  15. If you ordered medium you always got sugar unless you said other wise.

    If you ordered black they never assumed and would ask, Sugar? Most who order black refuse sugar.

    If you ordered light, they would ask cream or milk, if you took milk they assumed sweet, if you took cream then no sugar.

    Really complicated and I am sure a direct result of years of experience tabulating orders in their heads.

    They kind of knew which combinations typically had what.

    Obama über alles!!!!! (da3d2f)

  16. Left coasters could never order coffee in Australia. The politically-incorrect vocab would simply blow your minds – short black, long black, flat white

    carlitos (ebd4ab)

  17. Carlitos,

    Isn’t it short white and long black?

    Jus’ askin’.

    Obama über alles!!!!! (da3d2f)

  18. Jus’ denouncin’

    carlitos (ebd4ab)

  19. We be racis’?

    Obama über alles!!!!! (da3d2f)

  20. Eric, born and raised, and a medium coffee (in the old days with one size coffee cups from the corner deli) meant milk and sugar (2 spoons).

    Around here (southern New England), that’s a regular. Order a medium at your local Dunky’s and they’re going to grab a cup bigger than a small and smaller than a large. And then they’ll ask you how you want it.

    Pablo (99243e)

  21. Pablo, that sound familiar to me. And when I was a kid, drinks came in “small,” “regular,” and “large” sizes.

    Yet more confusion!

    We are a large country, so perhaps different “languages” are not surprising….

    Eric Blair (9671e0)

  22. I can’t go into too much detail, but I once launched a new product, and was presenting to the sales guys in New Hampshire. When I told them how great this (seattle coffee company that shall remain nameless) product was, they all looked a bit bemused. Finally, one of them said – there are only 5 [seattle coffee shops] in New Hampshire, and 2 of them require a valid boarding pass to visit (because they are in airports). The other 3 are inside of Borders.

    That’s Dunkin Donuts territory.

    carlitos (ebd4ab)

  23. Carlitos, that reminds me of a great Onion headline:

    Starbucks opens new shop in the bathroom of Starbucks.

    It seemed that way for a while, true enough.

    Eric Blair (9671e0)

  24. So nobody wanted to comment on the actual Twitter posts, huh?

    Hey, that’s cool. Y’all got to talk about coffee. And I’m still going to try again tomorrow.

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  25. When I make demitasse, medium is one heaping teaspoonful of coffee and one flat teaspoon of sugar with fine froth when poured; light-sweet is a flat teaspoon of coffee and flat teaspoon of sugar with large-bubble froth; heavy-bitter is double the coffee, no sugar, and heavy-sweet is double the coffee but still only one flat teaspoon of sugar, both with fine froth.

    Sorry, Patterico, even the most successful brand finds it difficult to expand its product line. You have Patterico The Real Thing, Patterico II (The Jury Talks Back), and now Patterico Sprite (Twitter). Unless you also expand your market to those who prefer your new products over your old one, you are essentially competing with yourself.

    nk (b70aca)

  26. A new medium takes getting used to. So don’t fret that we’re not commenting on your Tweets just yet.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R., who is sad a troll is here and DRJ is not (0ea407)

  27. I like coffee. I’d frequent the local Starbucks more often if they honored the discounted Starbucks card I bought at Costco a couple months back. They don’t, so I generally go to Brew Nerds instead.

    Maxwell House sucks.

    Xrlq (62cad4)

  28. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that Stella Liebeck did us all a favor with her crazy suit against McDonald’s. Without it, they’d have gone on selling their coffee at the ridiculously high temperature they sold it back in the day, and we’d have never figured out how bad the stuff really was, and they’d have had no reason to replace it with the much better coffee they sell today.

    Xrlq (62cad4)

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