Monday, June 20, 2011

Double-Positives Are A Waste of Breath

Depending on how you count your life, everybody only has so many years, so many summers, so many breaths, why waste them?

The most common one I see is just "bye-bye." I don't understand the need to say it twice; if they didn't understand what it meant the first time, they're not apt to understand it if you just repeat yourself. I say "good-bye" or "bye."

That one, however, cowers in fear to the one that I hate most of all: "ATM machine." Do you know what the "M" in "ATM" stands for? "Machine." Saying "ATM machine" is actually saying "automated teller machine machine." Pointless and sounds like you don't know what you're talking about.

Tips? Do you know what tips are? Tips used to be bids that patrons placed in order to be served first, regardless who arrived first. Tip is an acronym: To Insure Promptness. Higher tips means faster service. These days, though, it runs backward: they serve you, and then you decide what to tip. Some places actually automatically add a "gratuity" onto the total. Gratuity? Same base as gratitude. so supposedly they're telling you how gracious you should be for your service, regardless how good it actually was.

There are others, and I may post more if or when I think of them. Or comment your own.