The perfect blog post
April 20, 2012
By Mark McNeely
Is it just me, or are too many wait staff members at nice restaurants seriously overusing the term “perfect” in asking how one is enjoying one’s meal?
“Is everything perfect?” I have been asked in three different establishments in two cities over the past three weeks. “Is the food perfect?” “Is the wine perfect?”
Of course, I always just say yes, instead of the truth, which would be something like, “this is very good. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a perfect meal or a perfect glass of wine. I’ve had excellent meals and wines, but perfect to me means absolutely zero flaws, including the price of the meals and drink.
I am wondering whether the genesis of the use of “perfect” in describing these tasty — but expensive– meals, started when someone thought about the real meaning of asking if someone’s food, drink, or service was “OK” or “alright.” Did someone think “OK” might mean “so-so?” “Alright” might mean “just okay?”
When I’m asked if things are OK or alright, I usually smile, nod and say “great,” “this is wonderful,” “I love this,” etc., etc. But I never say “perfect.”