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Semantic Pox

Frank Bruni goes to town on the worst examples of the demeaning language dubbed "restaurantspeak": "'Pardon my reach,' says the waiter or the waitress, when a simple 'excuse me' would do. What I’m pardoning — and it’s really and truly no imposition, no big deal — is a forearm, an elbow, not a wingspan, not a reach. Restaurantspeak is patronizing." [NYT]

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