20 Oct 05
Tu ne regrettes rien!
Here's another light-weight thought for you. It's a harmless everyday observation, like those in stand-up comedy, but without the funny twist at the end. So why, oh why, do I excuse myself for posting something boring, instead of just not doing it? I don't know. I've noticed this all over the blogosphere (there it was again, ten Ave Maria this time). Right...
Anyway, listen up! What are your thoughts when you get an official notification that contains the word “regrettably“? (I don't really want your answers, in the same way stand-up comics don't want) The thing is, you are notified about something that can't be done, something that is cancelled or something that has gone wrong. Most of the times, the first thing one feels is irritation. You get irritated because your plans will have to change, you have to organize something or you have to do without something. And then there's the word “regrettably“. But where is the regret? The more official the notification is, the smaller is the chance that someone actually feels that regret. But if something is done regrettably, then, per definition, there must be someone! For me, this makes the whole thing worse. If it can't be done, then fine. But to cheaply try to make me feel better by falsely expressing standardized regrets, that's just cruel.
written by Mattias