“Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.” –Anonymous
We as a society have really lost the power of subtlety. It could be because we have lost the patience to unravel it. We receive far more information on a daily basis than our ancestors a hundred years ago could even process. Most of this information is not subtle. It is blasted at us with bells and whistles to get our attention. The news channels do not just report the news, they also tell us what to think about it. Movies no longer imply that a couple is about to “make whoopee”, they show us the scenes in the trailer. In a few generations we have gone from Marilyn Monroe standing over a vent to Britney Spears getting out of a limousine.
With all of these changes, we have forgotten what it means to be “suggestive.” This is particularly true in restaurants. A few decades ago, corporate restaurants determined that they wanted their servers to be sales people. The also determined that they had no interest in paying for the training necessary to actually accomplish this. Instead, they decided to teach their servers to use adjectives and “suggestive selling.” One of the first posts on this blog was declaring my disdain for the overuse of adjectives. I recently realized that I never discussed my equal dislike for the corporate restaurant incarnation of “suggestive selling.”
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