Saturday, January 12, 2019

#12 / Please?

I have been a little irritated, from time to time, to tell the truth, that my grandchildren rarely say "please" when they make a request. To be fair, a "please" does come out every now and then, but there is no reliability factor there! 

I am betting that lots of people in my age group also assume that "please" and "thank you" are supposed to be conversational standards. It was not until I read a column by Choire Sicha in The New York Times that I learned that not saying "please" is actually a "thing."

Here is how Sicha so succintly puts it in "Oh Please Stop Saying Please":

"Please" is done.

You can check out Sicha's report by clicking the link. Based on what he says, I am going to try to tamp down my grumpiness!

In the meantime, may I offer a suggestion from my father? He very seriously informed his children that the following phrase has an almost magical ability to produce the requested result, when asking for a favor. I have found, through the years, that it does work for me!

If "please" is out of fashion, I am suggesting the following, as an efficacious replacement:

"Would you be willing to....?"

And here is a deferred "thank you" to my father for yet another piece of good advice!

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