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    So I've been pinched to work on another project for a bit and as part of the requirements, I have to read up on the various safety information regarding the chemicals they're working on.

    I'm reading the SDS for their active ingredient and reach the toxicology section:

    Acute toxicity
    • Inhalation: Not available
    • Skin contact: Not available
    • Ingestion: Not available
    • Sensitisation: Not available

    Chronic toxicity
    • Carcinogenicity: Not available
    • Mutagenicity: Not available
    • Reproductive toxicity: Not available

    While this isn't the first time I've worked with NCEs, I don't know whether it's better if it was highly toxic and had to be used inside a sealed cabinet while wrapped up in an environmentally sealed hazmat suit with an independent filtered air supply or that they don't have a clue as to how poisonous this stuff is.

    Anybody else have an example of an otherwise innocuous phrase that suddenly becomes terrifying when used in a certain context?

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    It's not the same thing, but I've always thought Bunnings Warehouse's slogan "Lowest prices are just the beginning" was pretty sinister.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpentine View Post
    It's not the same thing, but I've always thought Bunnings Warehouse's slogan "Lowest prices are just the beginning" was pretty sinister.
    I've always felt the same way about the Sleepy's Mattress slogan: "Trust Sleepy's for the rest of your life."
    Maybe it's just the way they sing it, but it gives me the feeling that 'the rest of my life' won't be very long.

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    It's locked.
    Customers bring their own beverages.
    I eat Hamburgers all the time.
    Is she still sleeping?
    These shoes aren't my size.
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    "This'll be over before you know it."
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    "Don't worry; it's not your problem anymore."
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    "Interesting", particularly when a doctor says it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpentine View Post
    It's not the same thing, but I've always thought Bunnings Warehouse's slogan "Lowest prices are just the beginning" was pretty sinister.
    Speaking of slogans, I feel similarly about Sprite's "Obey your Thirst." It sounds like something Emperor Palpatine would say, " Good, Good, Young Skywalker. Obey your thirst. Let it consume you."

    My home state's tourism campaign slogan, "Pure Michigan," sounds vaguely fascistic to me as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaZodiac View Post
    "Interesting", particularly when a doctor says it.
    I had equivalents of that one happening to me a couple of times, turns out doctors tend to have enough tact not to act that way over serious diseases, when they get excited and phone in the interns it's over something rare but not scary.

    Last time it happened to me it was because my retinas' capillaries had an unusual pattern. No reason to think it'll ever be a problem, just an anatomical oddity.

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    "Everything is (just) fine."

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    "We'll be together… forever!"

    This one doesn't exactly qualify as terrifying, but I always thought Juicy Juice's slogan, "Quench your child's thirst to know", was amazingly terribad. Quench it? Like, permanently?
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    "Come play with us" is, perhaps, too obvious.

    There's a whole barrel of such statements starting with "come". Come inside, come with me, come here, come tonight, come and see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brother Oni View Post
    Anybody else have an example of an otherwise innocuous phrase that suddenly becomes terrifying when used in a certain context?
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    Anyone who works IT should feel the terror invoked by the phrase, "Hey, I've got a quick question."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebony View Post
    Anyone who works IT should feel the terror invoked by the phrase, "Hey, I've got a quick question."
    Thou jesteth not! it is truly the sentence of nightmares.

    My contribution would be: "this won't hurt a bit"
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    "The results are in"

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    {reassuring phrase}, but...

    For example: "I don't mean to alarm you, but..."
    "The test results were okay, but..."
    "You did your best, but..."
    "I fed your cat, but..."
    "You're free to go, but..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebony View Post
    Anyone who works IT should feel the terror invoked by the phrase, "Hey, I've got a quick question."
    Oh yeah. When the user starts to pull a Columbo, you know it's going to be awful. "Just one more thing..."

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    "Hey." - Nobody ever just says "hey" to me unless they're about to ask for four hundred dollars or complain about me turning the A/C off for ten minutes.
    "You don't have a barrel on that." - Usually right before I burn my lip on an exposed coil conducting 4.2 amps of electricity.
    "What's up with the Jeep?"
    "We don't show you as having any assignments right now."
    "Bank statement not available."
    "Warrant Round-Up on March 1st." (That didn't actually happen, though.)
    "Phone Storage Almost Full. Okay. Settings."
    "Loading Error."

    Those are all the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
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    "You are unique . . . just like everyone else."
    For some reason, that always gave me shudders, especially when said in a treacly, kindergarten teacher voice.
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    Whenever a supposed expert says "that's new" when talking about something in their area of expertise.
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    I don't know why, but this thread makes me think of that old story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    I don't know why, but this thread makes me think of that old story.

    "My daughter has kept me up all night with her crying for months. I've visited her grave and asked her to stop, but it doesn't help."
    That's ironically one of the less scary things I've read. It just puts me in mind of a medium trying to bribe a headstone with candy and matchbox cars so she can work on other peoples' problems.
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    "I don't drink...wine."

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    One that's pretty terrible is when I get gas at the local Mobil. It says two things. One's something like "Good Job, You Saved A Ton! (paraphrased and/or guessed at)" and the other one is "Thanks! Come Back Soon!"

    But it doesn't have that many characters available on the pump's display. So it's "Good Job, You" and "Saved A Ton!" or "Thanks! Come Back"

    And then a moment later the screen only says... "Soon!"
    . . .

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    These pretty much sum it up:

    Quote Originally Posted by ebony View Post
    Anyone who works IT should feel the terror invoked by the phrase, "Hey, I've got a quick question."
    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Knight View Post
    "Just a reminder that IT will be updating our systems tonight."

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    I'd also like to nominate Tarquin and Elan's uses of "You'll live" from the Blood runs in the Family arc. Somehow quite creepy.
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    "Cover the earth" Was a paint slogan if I remember correctly?
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