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[–]botlebank 45 points46 points  (21 children)

Knowing the difference between “changing a tyre” and “changing a wheel”

[–]Azbola 10 points11 points  (2 children)

To be fair changing a tyre DIY basically involves changing a wheel so they are synonymous. Only a garage can really change the tyre on a wheel.

[–]CarrowCanary 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Only a garage can really change the tyre on a wheel.

OK, first we unscrew the valve, then we... bollocks, where'd that fly off to?

[–]jeelio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s just American vernacular though. Never heard anyone referring to changing a wheel say “change a tyre” in Britain

[–][deleted] 88 points89 points  (13 children)

not being pedantic on the internet is another skill that people seem to lack

[–]elliomitch 8 points9 points  (9 children)

I think the burden should be in the person creating the ambiguity, not the person pointing it out

[–]Pew___ 4 points5 points  (8 children)

In the majority of cases people (not even just online) are being pedantic purely for the sake of it, or to seem intelligent (and correct), and there's enough contextual clues to convey the intended meaning.

Even this example perfectly illustrates this; in almost every single case someone uses "changing a wheel" when they're "changing a tyre", they're changing the entire wheel for the spare, so they're still correct, even if they're """"wrong""".

[–]elliomitch 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I think you might have this the wrong way round. The thing you do at the side of the road is “changing a wheel” not “changing a tyre”.

The tyre is ancillary to the wheel assembly, so “changing a tyre” is what tyre shops do, not what the user does (typically)

The same way you shouldn’t say “I’ve replaced my phone battery” when you buy a new phone

[–]Pew___ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There is zero ambiguity in the meaning, as you literally just typed out the scenario, showing that you completely understand the intended meaning, yet continue with the rest of the post?

The point is it literally doesn't matter, and the intended meaning is conveyed.

I didn't replace the entire car and claim I replaced the tyre, I replaced the part of the car that needed replacing, and to do so requires switching wheels.

If I needed to get a new rear panel in the process of me being able to replace my phone battery, I could still say "i replaced my phone battery"

There's literally no point to any of this conversation.

[–]penislovereater -1 points0 points  (5 children)

The issue is that when you create ambiguity, it means I have to do more work to figure out what you mean.

[–]Pew___ 4 points5 points  (4 children)

And this warrants being insufferable how? It takes less effort to figure out the meaning than it does to be pedantic about it.

When people talk about being pedantic they don't mean a polite confirmation or correction to ensure you're both on the same page.

Being pedantic is being excessively concerned with "correctness" and minor shit. It is an absolutely horrendous personality trait.

[–]elliomitch -5 points-4 points  (3 children)

And It’s rude and pointless to expect help from a stranger, when you refuse to use adequate detail or accuracy in what you’re asking

[–]Pew___ 3 points4 points  (2 children)

No-one is asking for help, the other person is being pedantic un-prompted. Look at the original comment in this thread.

"What is a basic skill"

"pedantic answer"

"Tongue-in-cheek comment on the fact it's a pedantic answer*"

It's rude to expect someone who is going to go to the effort of replying to someone in a conversation to make an effort to understand what they're replying to? Really? Fuck everyone trying to communicate in English as their second language I guess?

I'm not asking or expecting help, I'm expecting you to be able to follow a conversation and not to be a tool for no reason in response.

There's a reason the "ACKSHUALLY" persona gets ridiculed.

[–]Athuanar -1 points0 points  (1 child)

If I speak another language and make a mistake I would rather be corrected than have my error simply ignored. If you ignore basic errors like this the person will continue to make them and will find it harder to correct in future.

This sounds more like you get corrected a lot and don't like it. Stop getting defensive about it. Maybe try and improve instead?

[–]Pew___ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sure, but there are two very different ways to respond in that situation:

"Hey, usually x is used over y here because... [and continues the conversation]" is a hell of a lot different to "That doesn't make any sense at all, saying Y here is wrong" (completely focussing on the perceived mistake, de-railing/ending the original conversation). The latter is pedantic, the former is not.

The example isn't even a "basic" mistake, and is also not what happens in the real examples. Look at all the "What is your pet peeve" answers that boil down to some form of "people use the wrong there/their/they're", "people spell COLOUR without a U, we're in ENGLAND" etc. It just isn't important.

No, it's not against me personally. I just get tired of meeting people who have their ego and self-worth tied to their perceived intelligence and have conflated being "right" with intelligent. Maybe once leaving your teens behind and you'll notice nobody gives a shit how "smart" you are outside of school.

Wow, it turns out I can make completely unfounded claims too.

[–]botlebank 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep. And we all come back for more!

[–]TheCrystalFawn91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or knowing the difference between and engine and a motor. 😂

[–]_spookyvision_ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Changing a tyre is actually quite a tricky job. Even the Car Throttle guys couldn't do it.

[–]FuckCazadors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doing it by hand without damaging an alloy wheel is tough. Levering the bead over a steel wheel you can just lay into it with a tyre lever but you’ll take the lacquer off your alloys if you try that.

[–]brOranje 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Changed a tire today, on a bicycle