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The trouble with the name "Otto"...

Discussion in 'Free Fire Zone' started by Otto, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    ...is that surprisingly few people hear it, and less know how to spell it. Quite often, I'll order food or a drink, I tell them my name, and they write down the word "Auto". :awesome: This photo was taken last Wednesday at a Pizza place (Mod Pizza obviously) in the Chicago suburbs. I've taken to spelling it out almost every time now, which is why it is corrected here. If I ever went with the full, non abreviated version if my name I think heads would spin.:dazed:

     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Mmmm, Chicago style!
     
  3. ColHessler

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    I can sympathize. My last is, I think, not so difficult, but people always mess it up. The most common mutation is when they leave the "u" out, and I become Genaldi. I also have had people make it a "v" instead, and it becomes Genvaldi. One guy made a good save on that one by saying, "It's a Roman 'u'."
     
  4. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Absolutely not.

    Chicago style (aka Deep Dish) pizza is an abomination, and if I might be frank about the subject, not actually pizza. Anything over an inch thick becomes a "pie" in my estimation, and becomes what I'd call a cheese pie.

    That's a thin crust pizza, the only thing worth eating.

    Yes, I take my pizza very, very seriously. :ottoironfist: :pizza:
     
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  5. ULITHI

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    Pizza looks great Otto. Just missing one thing: Green chili on it, New Mexico style. I'll send you some.
     
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    Thin crust pizza should have nothing on it but sauce and cheese. Anything else is an abomination.
     
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    Like the German twins that are referred to at work so often. "Auto and Hands".

    KTK
     
  8. ColHessler

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    I like mushrooms and pepperoni.
     
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  9. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'm willing to put almost anything on a pizza, but it's should be done sparingly. Better to have two large thin crust pizzas than one mound of cheese.
     
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    *whispers* I love deep dish. :happy:

    Though honestly, I'll eat any kind of pizza if it's good. I've only thrown away pizza once in my life, and it was from a restaurant in Vegas.
     
  11. Otto

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    I guess we can overlook this transgression and not banish you from the site. This time.

    In truth I don't mind deep dish, it can be done well. My objection is more about it being called pizza than the taste. When I want to eat something called pizza it's a different foodstuff than deep dish. I'm a product of my Italian parents.
     
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    OK, stepping away from pizza eugenics and back to the "Otto" vs "Auto" feud. I found this photo on my phone, it's a coffee I bought from Starbucks earlier this year. Starbucks is known for writing your name on their cups. I have a few of these "auto" images lying around, I'll try to find them and add them here.
     
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    Auto Preminger had the same complaint...
     
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    I wonder if Hose A has the same problem.
     
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    I can sympathize Otto. Dimwitted morons being unable to spell names common in the Western hemisphere despite having lived their entire lives there, are an abomination. I'll excuse the dyslexic.
     
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    Maybe its your accent :p

    Still, you'd think people would have some common sense and realize 'Auto' is not a name...well, I take that back. With the names people are giving their kids these days...North West, Eclipse, etc....maybe there is an Auto out there!
     
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    In the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and throughout Ireland it is still the custom to be known by the names of a forefather's' (and mother's) occupation or place of dwelling. This can often go back many generations and distinguishes a certain family in a community with many McDonalds, Murphys etc. I know a Seamus Baker, John the Rock, Paddy the Burn and Dan the Duck which are all self explanatory. I have always been puzzled by the Wees and the Sods and still find it amusing to think of a marital union and the unfortunate offspring. I am sure that this tradition must have migrated to the Americas in rural districts.
     
  18. gtblackwell

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    Youse guys, intentional, are all wet. You think seem to think Otto-Auto is a linguistic thing that reflects current educational standards . I hold that it is our automotive culture deeply grounded in the thermodynamic internal combustion engine often described as the Otto-cycle engine , essentially a four stroke device invented by Nicholas Otto. and the basis of almost auto engines today. So the Otto-auto confusion is mechanical engineering in it's origin. . George Patton can explain it much better. . There is a Miller cycle auto engine but it is clearly derived from Herr Otto..

    On the more appetising subject of pizza, I have spent many many months in Italy from 1978 to 2005, from Sicily to Calabria to the Dolomites and Alps and have eaten a ton of pizza on the way. Here it is considered a meal, there a snack , though one can eat enough to equate a meal. We put everything from pineapple to grapes on it. There , as Otto (Auto) says it is usually relative thin, tomato sauce , a bit of cheese and maybe a topping. You fold it into a "V" and nibble as you stroll down the street. Ironically American ideas of pizza are showing up in Italy so what I have said has less truth each year.......The horror of it !!!!.

    On the ever intriguing subject of pizza I spent 3 summers and a half dozen shorter visits in the hilltown, Cortona, made famous or infamous by "Under the Tuscan Sun" . There was a long linear park, 1.5 K, very narrow so one walked to the end and back to oversee the Chianti Valley, 400 meters below. Half way down was a pizza place, small white stucco building , tables outside, that sold pizza, calzones, wine and beer. At dust hundreds of people, families, couples, single souls , many with their dogs would stop and get a slice of pizza, few got a drink, and then fold and ate it while they walked and talked. Pizza in Italy is not as much a food as a way of life, or perhaps making life better. A very few, mostly tourist , would sit at tables and eat and talk and they often got a drink. A small sign said "take out" in Italian. . One evening my children wanted to do take out and eat on our wonderful grape vine covered terrace. Fully expecting a paper bag and probably not a box, out pizza arrived on thick white warm ceramic plates, complete with metal flat ware and drinks in glasses. The proprietor spoke English, several hundred Georgia students a year necessitated it, and he explained to me enjoy your meal and return the dishes the next time you are by !! And showed us a table to the side to put them on..One of the many many reasons I genuinely love Italy and it's people. Food is not a meal but an opportunity to engage !.

    It is a great tragedy Mussolini lead them into WW2

    So it is Otto cycle and thin crust for me..... a few anchovies would not hurt.

    ciao,

    Gaines ( Giovanni)
     
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    I almost forgot, long time member here , Ron Goldstein drove a Churchill up the mountain ridge, really more like hills, only a few kilometers to the West of Cortona. Ron must have been wounded pretty badly as he spend several months in the hospital in Naples. He eloquently described the feeling of being in clean pajamas, a portico overlooking the Bay of Naples and good warm food. Did not mention pizza ! One cannot imagine the dirt, dust and grime accumulated in combat and the transition to being cared for but Ron did it well ! There is a photograph, still there, of a Sherman sitting in the main piazza of Cortona. in a little cafe. I cannot remember the markings but it was probably British.. Cortona is a delightful town now but that photograph always reminded me of the cost of setting the town free.

    Any word from Ron of late ?
     
  20. Owen

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    Tom Canning was in Churchills & was wounded.
    Ron G on the other hand is still posting on WW2T.

    As for Auto...

    Auto - First Name Meaning - What does Auto mean?
     

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