There’s a chain steakhouse nearby and all the servers are obsessed with “perfect”. For example, you’re eating your meal and the server comes by to check on you and instead of asking, “How is everything?”, they ask, “Is everything perfect?”
First off, nothing is ‘perfect’. Second, it puts me in a corner. The first option is open-ended and I get to set my own standard. In the second option I have to either agree it’s perfect or come off as I’m complaining, because anything less than ‘perfect’… i.e. ‘very good’… is somehow less than acceptable. And we/they know most people don’t want to complain, so we’re pressured into giving impeccable reviews. (I suspected at the time management told servers to do this because they all did it.) The Grump’s response?: “It’s very good.”
Definition of perfect
(Entry 1 of 3)
1a : being entirely without fault or defect
It’s become ubiquitous. Now I can’t talk to anyone without this word coming up. I go to the doctor and they ask me to verify my information. “What’s your phone number?”
-facepalm- Is that really necessary? All I did was answer correctly. If my number had changed would it have been less than perfect?
Stop the insane hyperbole.