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Fine Dining–Git ‘Er Done

Posted by gratrueities on January 7, 2009

There is one phrase that has been used and abused by waiters across the nation this past year and that’s….drum roll, please…”done working on that”? This very, very tired, exhausted really, phrase gets my pet peeve of the year award for 2008.

Everytime I hear it I think of Larry the Cable guy…yeah…you know the one I’m talking about. Actually, I was first introduced to Larry by my then 15-year old nephew and he (Larry) is pretty funny. But, generally not in a restaurant at the end of an enjoyable meal.

How many times have you been eating out and,  at some point, hopefully  near the end of  your meal,  your waiter approaches and asks, “done working on that?”

First of all, if I’m sitting there with a clean plate, yes, I’m done.

Or, if my silverware is placed to one side of my plate, yes, I’m done.

If my napkin is rolled up in a ball and sitting in the middle of my plate, yes, I’m done. (Just kidding, I don’t do that.)

And, since when is eating out “work”. Did I go to a job? Am I done with my shift? Hopefully a meal out is not “work” but pleasure???

Could the waiter approach and say, “Did you enjoy your meal?”   Or, “may I show you the dessert menu?”

Really there are many, many transition phrases that are better than the “done workin’ on that”.

Well, guess I better get going.

Time to go to work…I mean…dinner.

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3 Responses to “Fine Dining–Git ‘Er Done”

  1. pdx diner said

    It’s an awkward question – “are you done working on that?” – and it definitely does not go with fine dining.

  2. gratrueities said

    No…not at all!

  3. Anony.Miss said

    I don’t like the word “done” used this way at all. I have a pet peeve about people using that word incorrectly (maybe it’s just me) but when you are in Target (or similar) and you have put your credit card through the slot, and it is accepted, you sign, and then your choices are “I’m done” or “correction” or similar. “Done” means prepared and completed, as in a cake, doesn’t it? “I’m finished” would be more polite and correct. Certainly a waiter in a nice restaurant could come up with a more gentile expression. It conjures up a picture in my mind of a cave man gnawing on a bone, or perhaps someone eating at Medieval Times. Perhaps “are you finished with your meal?” is all that is needed.

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