I really do not mind Starbucks as an establishment. They are comfy places and serve my favorite drinks, yes at inflated prices, but I succumb. My own, silly pet peeve is that stupid language thing when you order a drink. I want a “big” drink, so I describe it as “large”, and they say, “Venti”.
That is just plain stupid. WTF is “venti”? “Tall” is “small”? C’mon, speak English will ya? So my new silly travel game is to try and make Starbucks Speak English.
It goes like this. Order your drink, using real descriptive terms, “Small”, “medium”, “Large”. When they respond, “Venti?”, respond with, “no ‘Large’. If you can get them to say the real size, then you win! And we subvert StarbuckSpeak one franchise at a time. So if you are successful, or heck, just of you try, then add a coffee cup pin to this Google Map at http://tinyurl.com/49z88p (if it is set up right, it is open for others to edit)
Let’s light up the map at establishments where proper human language terms are used. Go out there and use your charms to make ’em speak in words people understand, not snobspeak.
The post "Play The Subversive Game: Make Starbucks Say “Large”" was originally rescued from the bottom of a stangant pond at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2008/05/make-starbucks-say-large/) on May 8, 2008.