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Do you stand in line or on line? Perhaps in a queue?

Old 01-08-05, 09:14 AM
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Do you stand in line or on line? Perhaps in a queue?

In the spirit of pop vs soda, how about waiting to do something... I have always heard that you stand in line for things. But on TV (Seinfeld for example) they stand "on line" for things. I really like the sound of that, and when I try to use that term in conversation, people look at me like I am crazy, and say things like "you mean stand IN line".
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Old 01-08-05, 09:34 AM
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I hear lotsa East Coast folks saying "on line". Anyway, I've been watching lotsa Eddie Izzard and Britcoms on dvd so I've started using "queue" because it sounds cool and it makes me sound "cultured".

Death Star Cafeteria worker: "You have to form a queue"
Lord Vader: "Oh a queue! I'm terribly sorry".
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Old 01-08-05, 09:43 AM
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I'm east coast (so maybe that's it) and have always said "on" line.

The only queue I have is my netflix shipping order.
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Old 01-08-05, 10:04 AM
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I've lived in New England for all but a short period of my life and it still drives my nuts when I hear people say "wait on line". That, along with people saying "graduated" instead of "graduated from..", are my two biggest annoynaces with the way people talk around here.
Then again, my parents are from California so every now and again I say something that other people find odd but I would hear them say all the time as a kid (for example, it wasn't until I was probably in high school that I started using the word sneakers instead of tennis shoes.)
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Old 01-08-05, 10:17 AM
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Maybe people on the east coast have done more sobriety tests?
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Originally Posted by Cardiff Giant
. . . and it still drives my nuts . . .
Is that a New England thing, too?
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Originally Posted by talemyn
Is that a New England thing, too?
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Old 01-08-05, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
Death Star Cafeteria worker: "You have to form a queue"
Lord Vader: "Oh a queue! I'm terribly sorry".

The death star has a cafeteria? Sorry, i just cant picture it. But ... they must. Right? And they also must have a recreational area - like a common room, where people can go sit down and relax. And a movie theatre, and a post office. And a laundry room, and putt putt golf, and a shopping mall ....
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Old 01-08-05, 12:29 PM
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When I am standing "on line," I am waiting to purchase something.
When I am standing "in line," I am waiting to enter or use what I have purchased.
When I am standing "in a queue," I am probably in the wrong place.
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Old 01-08-05, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by skiblet
The death star has a cafeteria? Sorry, i just cant picture it. But ... they must. Right? And they also must have a recreational area - like a common room, where people can go sit down and relax. And a movie theatre, and a post office. And a laundry room, and putt putt golf, and a shopping mall ....
Watch Eddie Izzard's Circle . . . good stuff . . .


Edit: Not to be confused with Circus which is a movie that he also happens to be in.
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Old 01-08-05, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by talemyn
Is that a New England thing, too?
nothing like a ill placed y instead of an e to make me look like a fool
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Old 01-08-05, 01:07 PM
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in line
you're part of a line of people, so you're in the line
rarely is there actually a line painted that you're standing on

and I never used the word queue until I got into my CS programming classes

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Old 01-08-05, 01:54 PM
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I grew up in Delaware where they stand "in line"
Then I moved to NYC where they stand "on line"
Later I moved to England where they stand in a "queue" (or, more properly, "queue up")

I don't know what the hell I say. I'm so confused. Won't somebody help me?

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Old 01-08-05, 02:40 PM
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Maybe people on the east coast have done more sobriety tests?
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Old 01-08-05, 02:45 PM
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What about...

"turn off the lights"
"put the lights out"
"close the lights"
etc...

by the way - I queue up at lines end.
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Old 01-08-05, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil L.
I'm east coast (so maybe that's it) and have always said "on" line.

The only queue I have is my netflix shipping order.
I'm midwest (so maybe that's it) and have always said "in" line.

The only queue I have is my netflix shipping order.
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Old 01-09-05, 01:25 AM
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I'm an engineer. I queue.
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Old 01-09-05, 01:34 AM
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I don't think I ever really heard anyone misuse the idiotic regional phrase "on line" until ~10 years ago, and now it seems I hear it everywhere. While I don't say it, "queue" at least makes sense. "On line", however, makes no sense and likely evolved from a large group of concentrated illiterates. For the benefit of "on line" users, I should clarify that by "concentrated" I don't meant they think real hard.



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Old 01-09-05, 02:34 AM
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I am online now, but when shopping I stand in line. Crazy Yanks.
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I hear "on line" all the time, and dislike it. Always been in line for me, or queue.
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