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  1. LoneHaranguer

    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    According to their ad, the correct pronunciation is RACK-uh-ten and spelling it "rackuhten" would probably work for that. I'm not sure there's a good way to translate the syllables individually in a generic way that'll get you an unambiguous ra-ku-te-n. A "koo" would probably work more often that "ku", but the last two really need to be done together.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    So it's a standard transliteration that's at fault? Longer representations of each syllable would have reduced, if not eliminated the ambiguity.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Maybe everyone is dressed for working in air-conditioned buildings and the weather isn't cold.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Since it's a Japanese company, doesn't that mean they had a choice in how to translate their name from its native script into a Latin character set? Pronunciation shouldn't have been an issue if their marketing department/company had gotten it right.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Or at least make the official pronunciation a top guess. Maybe "ra-cute-n"? I would have never put the "k" with the "ra".
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    Say What?: Commercials That Made Us Scratch Our Heads

    The cars are not identical. The first is a four-door station wagon. The electric is a much smaller hatchback, reminding me of the tiny little things initially imported from Japan in the 70's. All the ad is saying is that electrics aren't as bad or as expensive as they used to be. They stop short of saying they've gotten as good as other cars, and don't give you any reasons to buy one. I think the ad is entertaining, but a fail when it comes to pushing a product.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    I wonder whether they intended to highlight that the bags don't have many chips in them (why else would he be wanting at least three of them?).
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Is your friend trying to sterilize the dishes? The dishwasher can use hotter water than a person can in a sink.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    There was a time some years ago when the media seemed to be obsessed with the sex lives of kids in public school. They mentioned that it had become trendy for girls as young as 10 to perform oral sex on classmates to be "popular". I'm sure they were engaging in some sensationalism, but middle school age probably makes more sense than when they're already in high school or college.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    It might help to know what character the guy is meant to resemble. Is his car associated with anyone in particular?
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    Say What?: Commercials That Made Us Scratch Our Heads

    Hollywood is full of "actors" who have a useful look, but difficulty delivering a line. It would have been easy to change the script.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Routine diagnosis doesn't require you to know much. There's a reference that lays out everything (tests treatments, probable causes, etc) starting with a patient's initial complaints.
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    Say What?: Commercials That Made Us Scratch Our Heads

    I thought they were just aiming for "valley girl". I just googled why they might be doing that, and indirectly got pointed to the Kardashians reality show.
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    Penny/Kaley Cuoco: What IS Her Last Name?

    There have been a lot of characters on TV that have gotten by on one name. If they pull a MacGyver and reveal her missing name in the finale, I hope they do it more smoothly.
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    Say What?: Commercials That Made Us Scratch Our Heads

    I can't say I've paid close attention when it's been run. I do remember the girls doing some weird body move later in the ad. Apparently nobody else at the party is impressed by the pizza since it's sitting there untouched with the box open. When you put out a fresh pizza, you generally leave the lid down, so that the pizza stays hot. The open lid says "hey, there's still pizza left if you want some before we put the leftovers in the fridge".
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