Monday, 16 August 2004
|2121 - St00pid waiter sayings, part 2|
I've commented before in this journal about waiters using "we" to mean "you", and how I find that patronizing and irritating. I was reminded of a later irritation this morning, as I was having lunch at Chili's.
"How is everything tasting?"
That is a recent innovation, and I think it sucks. Used to be, they'd ask "how is everything?", and that wasn't bad at all. The new version, however, implies that all they care about is the food, and not at all about the other parts of the dining experience...like, for example, the service.
I'll occasionally call the waiter on it, but most of the time I just grumble about the decline in customer service standards.
current mood: annoyed
The basic problem is that English needs a distinct second person plural. "Y'all", for all that non-Texans laugh, serves the purpose quite well. Other attempts such as "you guys" have, as you note, their own problems.
Of course, being from Houston, I'm a bit biased on the subject...
How are we commenting today? :)
I don't know about you, but I clicked "reply to this" and typed into my web browser's text window.
Here's how I'd answer:
*glance around at the walls, floor, other tables, etc.*
"I dunno. All I've tasted so far is the food."
I once had a waitress show me a picture of her daughter. Why? because she was a single mom and "the deadbeat father" ran out on her and won't pay child support. She thought this would get her a good tip. I tipped her a condom and a note saying "Don't bring another mistake into the world."
I love Denny's
that is incredible.
Well, you can always reply,
"The food is okay, but the table is too tough and pretty bland."
Though this might interest you
Following in the wake of the announcement by Bush that he intends to implement the long-expected pull-out of US troops from Europe and Asia, the Telegraph today reports RAF concerns about the withdrawal of 48 of the 72 F15s US fighter aircraft from Lakenheath in Suffolk.
Withdrawal of this force will represent the depletion of Britain's air defence capability by twenty percent and, it seems, "military chiefs" are concerned that the "restructuring" will leave Britain's air defences vulnerable at a time when the country is axing a fifth of its own fighter force and all its Jaguar ground-attack aircraft.
But what is extraordinary about this report is a comment by an unnamed senior RAF officer who levies the charge at US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld and his policy people, that they "do not seem to care much about allies - just protecting their own".
Excuse me? Under the aegis of Gordon Brown, Hoon has announced savage cuts in the air defence capability of the UK, he is funding the Eurofighter as a competitor to US aircraft, which he hopes to sell to export customers in preference to US models, and all the time is promoting the "European Defence Identity" as a means of building the EU into a "superpower" to counter US influence.
And then this jumped-up little Brylcream boy has the sheer bloody nerve to expect American taxpayers to expend their hard-earned tax dollars on a fleet of modern, extremely expensive fighter aircraft to defend Britain, so that Blair can strut his stuff on the world stage without having to foot the full bill for the defence of his country.
Get real. We should count ourselves fortunate that the US is prepared to leave 24 of their F15s behind.
Re: Though this might interest you
The worst part about all that, from my point of view, is that we'll probably keep on letting them dupe us this way...