Monday, July 10, 2006

Pet Peeve

This is a public service announcement:

If you say “howareya’” as if it were a single word, and say it in a way that makes it clear you don’t care in the least how the person you are addressing is actually doing, you are probably an asshole.

That is all.

Edit: Moe puts it very well in comments:
i think i know what you mean maybe. maybe not exactly the speed in which it's said, but the speed in the whole encounter.
it really pisses me off when people pose that question, and then just keep plowing through not waiting for a response.
don't ask me a question if you don't want the answer please.

By al - 2:02 PM |

Comments:
I have this pet peeve as well. Especially with Alltel reps:
Hi this is John with the East Broadway Retail Store here in Tucson, howareyou, I have a customer here, I'll pass you over"

Jerk.
 
i would like to say that i would be one of these 'assholes' that says hihowareya really fast, and it has nothing to do with the fact that i'm an asshole. it's my dialect, growing up on the island with many many relatives from the country, you tend to talk the way those around you talk, and i'm goddamn proud of my hickish way of speaking! i also say "worshroom" "howisyas" and other terms, and not out of laziness or lack of education (i'm university educated), it's just how i speak!

end rant :)
 
Actually I think it's more of an upper-Canadian thing.. saying it and expressly being uninterested in any actual answer.. I know I can tell the difference between that and, say, the way my grandmother from up west talks :)
 
hehe, okay. i am sorry. i am proud of my accent, and will defend it to death!

many apologies, al ;)
 
No need to apologize, I can imagine having to defend your accent constantly when in Calgary can wear on the nerves :)
 
shit i do that sometimes. i genuinely care but i talk fast sometimes.
 
i think i know what you mean maybe. maybe not exactly the speed in which it's said, but the speed in the whole encounter.
it really pisses me off when people pose that question, and then just keep plowing through not waiting for a response.
don't ask me a question if you don't want the answer please.
 
That's precisely what I mean, Moe, thanks for putting it so well :)
 
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