My friend Ernesto had a problem with his cable service. When the technician came round he Ernesto connected up a spectrum analyser to a) show the problem to the technician and b) to check that the problem had been corrected.
@betajet: ...writing "the hoi polloi" is redudant...
Well... yes... OK... I can't argue with that... but... sometimes things just sound better on the ear one way rather than another. For example, if I read (or heard someone say)...
That must make him one of Hoi Polloi.
... then this would grate on my sensibilities somewhat, whereas...
That must make him one of the Hoi Polloi.
...would be more acceptible to me. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't want to imply in any way that the Three Stooges were less than masters of the pidgin language laughingly referred to as American English.
I don't know how to spot a real engineer, but sometimes my wife finds herself explaining something technical to family or friends. And then she follows that with, "And the scary part is that I knew that." Pretty hilarious.
@Bert: And then she follows that with, "And the scary part is that I knew that." Pretty hilarious.
That reminds me of the later episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" when Penny says something pertaining to Star Trek or Physics and then goes "OMG, where did that come from." (Or when she uses a long word and then turns to the other two girls who nod to show she used it correctly / appropriatly)
My son is a graphics hardware validation driver developer at Intel. When he eats pancakes, he slices them very perfectly in one direction, then he slices them in the opposite direction. At the end of this, he has perfectly square (almost) pancakes to eat. He does this every time.
After seeing a clumsy bilingual sushi joke on social media, I took a moment to compose a brutally clever two word bilingual retort that cuts to the heart of bilingual sushi humor suggesting both "hello" and "that's not a sushi roll in my pocket, I AM happy sushimi".
Firstly, two words is the minimum required for a true bilingual retort which satisfies my taste for brevity.
Secondly, said aloud my two word retort sounds like a common Japanese phrase which I've heard hundreds of times.
Thirdly, like an Onion and Shreck my joke has layers despite its brevity.
Lastly it evidently went completely over the head of everyone reading it or else it just wasn't funny.
While I don't have a piece of paper on the wall to prove it, I think I have some of the identifying features of an engineer as illustrated by the story I've told.
My retort: Hi, hai.
p.s. I have also attempted diode humor: heard in the next cubicle "these diodes hate me", my response "you must be reverse biased".