I was joking at Starbuck’s once about them having to make up a word for a size bigger than grande–Venti. The Barista took offence: “It’s Italian for ‘thirty’ because it’s thirty ounces.” I asked what Italian for “ounces” was, but I don’t think he got the joke.
Well,i am glad see this discussion about”Irritating Statements”.This makes me laugh and just seen your comic linked from reddit – after quick flick, I’m so impressed. Will be back for more!
Thanks – keep up this type of good work.
hey, english majors don’t drink over-priced crap coffee, or work in their money-grubbing establishments….we just get jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with an enlish major, and make every one else miserable, dammit!
To be a humourless language student, Porsche should have two syllables since it’s a German word. But I’ll stick with the starbucks customer – using faux-authentic terms to try and up the cred of an american coffee chain is stupid.
Actually, if you really want to irritate someone (like me) who works in a coffee shop, order something like you would at starbucks. because they’re the only place that bullshits their menu and forces you to bullshit them back.
Funny that no one else has said this but Porsche is a two syllable word if you ask any german speaker they will tell you that and I also know this cause it is the familys last name and the gradson of the guy who started the company told me how to say it once
Was the joke how pretentious the starbucks workers are when it comes to the coffee words? I asked for a cappuccino once and the lady laughed and was like “I think you’re used to buying from gas stations. The correct term is frapuccino. They call it cappuccino because of the cap.”
“Give me a cappuccino, bitch.”
i work for starbucks…
when starbucks initally started, there was only short and tall (makes sense as far as sizes go) but when the tall wasn’t large enough, we came out with the grande (means large in spanish or italian)
then when that wasn’t big enough, venti (20 in Italian, for 20 ounces). That’s the explanation for our absolutely bizarre sizes. Incidentally, the iced venti drink is actually 24 ounces.
No, we don’t force you to order your drinks by “our bullshit standards.” You can say small, medium, or large, and i’ll understand you just fine and i don’t get annoyed at all. However, when i call it back to the person making the drink, i’m required to say tall, grande, or venti.
also, we have frappucinos AND cappucinos. Whoever said “you must mean frappucino” is an idiot.
Funny. Though, from the comments, it looks like the way to irritate English majors is to make a comment that their major is more likely to get them to work behind a Starbucks counter, rather than to get them a professional career. But some of us English majors can take a joke.
the third works for a starbucks employee. unless you decided to drop the frame-to-frame parallelism and are insinuating that the customer is the english major being annoyed by the clerk being annoyed by the customer–because in that case the last frame would actually be funny.
I’m pretty young and not even in a college yet, but fortunately, I learned the sad truth about psychology before it was too late. Most end up in the service industry, “drawn by better salaries”. Doh. They definitely make better fodder than English majors.
Which btw, funny thing…I work for Starbucks. I hate the names for the sizes, but whatever. When Someone comes in and says, “Can I get a large or a venti or grande or whatever you guys call it?” I simply reply with, “You CAN just say large, I do understand English.”
It’s not rocket science, and it’s not over priced. You get what you pay for. Does no one appreciate quality and friendly customer service anymore? Sorry our menu offers too many options.
sorry but customer service at starbucks when it comes to the actual drink is a joke, The employees are courteous at best. More often than not my shots sit for 30+ seconds while the neophyte steams the milk. And I can get a less bitter tasting latte across the street at the joe muggs for sub $3 with my books-a-million discount card.
The employees are courteous at best.
as an english major, doctoral student in education, I am now relegated to making art for a living…there is no justice…and I wouldn’t walk into a starbucks to order their pretentiously priced and horrid coffee.