I did say I would use my blog for having a rant or, as I like to put it, a chunter about things that annoy or bother me. And as it has been dominated by music lately, I thought it was time for something else.
Am I the only person who is annoyed with the way sizes of things are named these days? Let me give you an example – imagine you are going to the cinema, as they are some of the worst culprits. You go to the refreshments desk and look what you want. Maybe you fancy some popcorn so you look at the board and see the sizes – Regular, Large or King Size. Whatever happened to small, medium and large? Drinks are the same, at the cinema, takeaway restaurants and many other places. Do people in a marketing office somewhere really think we will be put off buying the smallest size they sell if they are actually honest enough to call it “small”? Even worse is when they call the smallest size medium, or call something medium when there are only two sizes. The word medium means “in the middle”, so by definition if the size of something is medium there has to be something smaller than it and something larger than it available. Is a bit of accuracy and correct usage of words too much to ask for?
And even if you can put up with the names of the sizes, you are faced with one of the other banes of modern life. “Would you like to go large for an extra 30p?”. Since when did the phrase “go large” enter the English language? And why do they ask the question as though they are offering you a special deal you might not have been aware of? I am more than capable of looking at the prices and seeing that a medium costs 30p less than a large and ordering it because that is the size I want. If I wanted large, I would ask for it in the first place. I know upselling is encouraged in retail catering outlets, but when it is presented in this way it is simply irritating. If I go into the pub and order half a pint, I would not expect the landlord to say “Would you like to go large for an extra £1.50?”. No, they give me credit for reading a price list and deciding what I want to purchase. A courtesy that it appears some places are unwilling to grant me.