Monday, 21 October 2013
No problem - have a gr8 day lol!
I was inspired to write this by a post by Elizabeth Ducie on a similar subject - ie, the automatic usage of dumb phrases, such as 'no problem'. Here is Elizabeth's post - please read it first, it's very good!:
I, too, have had experience of the 'no problem' school of waiter service in restaurants. I remember a few years ago being in a fish restaurant near Peterborough with my father; as in Elizabeth's post, every request was answered with this phrase. Our main course did not arrive for 45 minutes. We talked to the waiter about this, giving orders for more drinks ("Another bottle of the Pinot Grigio" "No problem" "And a jug of water, please" "No problem" "Could you find out from the kitchen how long it will be?" "No problem"). In the end, my father said, "Well, there clearly is a problem, because we've been waiting for our main course for an hour. Could you please check in the kitchen again?" "No problem". The waiter actually went red when he'd said it, probably realising what a chump he sounded. What ever happened to "Certainly, sir"?
Another one is "Don't worry about it!" - "My payment for £120 to ripoffgas.com doesn't seem to have gone through. Could you check it please?" "Sure, don't worry about it" "I paid it on Friday" "I'll just check, don't worry about it" "I wasn't, I was just asking you to check it." "Ha ha! Don't worry about it".
One of my biggest loathes is "You'll be fine" ~ said whenever anyone expresses concern about a job interview, a serious medical condition, a driving test. It is a bland platitude, said without any knowledge or conviction that the person will be fine at all. The first time I heard it, I thought the person actually had inside knowledge, and that I would get the job. I didn't.
Many people know of my loathing of such teenage Facebook terms as 'lol' , 'yay' , 'awesome' 'nom nom nom', and all the rest of them. What I dislike is the way that these words/phrases are latched onto and repeated by all. I'm not talking about incorrect use of the language - I call people dude, say 'wahey' and 'yee-hah', and all sorts of silly things like that, as do many, but I don't use them almost as punctuation marks lol like some do lol. I hate it when I see sentences on Facebook lol with no punctuation apart from lol at the end lol. You're not laughing out loud, are you? And does it really fill you with awe? I told a friend off the other day for her use of 'yay', and she answered that she was equally as irritated by my use of emoticons - fair enough, I will stop automatically putting :) at the end of practically every tweet!!! Incidentally, if ever you see a tweet from me saying something like "I iz okay lol innit", it is probably to one of a very few people who also do this sort of thing as a joke. Lol.
My friend just told me of one she hates (though this isn't the same sort of thing, but I thought I'd mention it!) - when people say "Clearly" before they explain something - I said that means "It's clear to me, and you're stupid if you can't see it." A bit like "With all due respect" which actually means "I think you're talking crap".
Okay, okay, I'll shurrup now - because I've written about this sort of thing before....http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/things-that-make-me-go-grrrrr.html
... and how every other Facebook bio (the ones I don't follow back) claims that the profile is that of a self-confessed geek and mediapreneur with eclectic tastes. And the day I become 'sassy' I'll shoot myself. Lol.