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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by toddreg, Mar 28, 2011.
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I have seen this on used several travel related forums and a search did not turn up an explanation.
I believe MP was created in part to get away from the use of pejorative behavior and terms, such as kettle.
I really hate the use of this term. It's based on book characters Ma & Pa Kettle who weren't the brightest people in the world and is used here to refer to average or inexperienced travelers. Everytime I see it used, it's with a sense of DYKWIA. Hate it.
Thanks for the question and the explanations.
Reminds me that the best (and most lasting) status is to accept myself and others as they are.
I'm so glad you asked this, because I've been seeing that a lot too, and had no idea what anyone was talking about. It was a real head-scratcher! I'm just a normal person who flies, so I suspect many of these people consider me a Kettle too. I find it rather amusing that there are people who feel superior to others regarding such an insignificant thing.
A kettle, sometimes called tea kettle, teakettle or tea pot, is a small kitchen appliance used for boiling water in preparation for making tea or other beverages requiring hot water. Kettles often resemble teapots, but are used to boil water, not to brew tea.
Yes, indeed, it is amusing!
We mean it in the most affectionate way.
I have never seen the expression used in that context.
Yes, people consider me a kettle, .... and a old troll, too!
... and think I would give a rat's butt about their feelings of superiority.
The day that they start paying my bills, baby ...
I don't think of kettle as necessarily a derogatory term, just a shorthand (and arguably cute) abbreviation for inexperienced traveller.
Similarly, when people say lounge dragon, it's easier (and cuter?) than saying lounge reception agent or lounge admission staff. However, I'll sometimes say nice dragon to emphasize that the person wasn't at all nasty to me.
However, troll is negative, nasty, ugly, harmful, undesirable,.....
Hey! I resemble that remark.
For once I agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and up you two smiles)
i want to make a pot / kettle / black joke here, but it's not looking right regardless of how i phrase it. . .
As a Guide, do you really think that trolls are positive, nice, beautiful, useful, desirable, polite....? Is this an official MP policy statement?
All together now - "Everything is beautiful, in it's own way ... "
No policy issued here..........But my grand-daughter does think that troll dolls are cute.
I think we need kettle smileys. Troll and lounge dragon smileys too.
At least I know someone out here has a similar sense of humor as I do... lol
I'm a kettle and I'm ok with that. And when I get to the point where I can call the others "kettle", then I'm also gonna close my statement with a DYKWTFIA.
Awesome. And maybe someday somebody will tell me what THAT means!
You're such a kettle.
I like trolls. I have a creek and a bridge in my back yard, and I need to carve a troll to sit under it.
Well, DYKWIA is "do you know who I am", a classic statement by a self-important passenger demanding special treatment, usually from a gate agent. The gate agent then is allowed to pick up the microphone and announce "Attention please! I have a passenger here who doesn't know who he is. if anyone can help him, it will be much appreciated".