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The Language Hour: Please just let it draw a bit


Please just let it draw a bit.Most cafe guests know the little instruction from the waiter about the tea or coffee and know how much it means for the exact calculation of and seeing through the waiter’s personality.

Researcher Compas Entwistle states:

“It’s actually a very solemn thing to say.”

How exactly?

“What do you mean?”

What do you mean?

“Well. It’s a regulation, a decree, a law, an edict.”

Is Please just let it draw a bit stated about boiling water that slowly and quietly turns into tea or coffee on a cafe table an edict?

“Yes. That’s my point. And I’m a researcher.”

I see.

“The power analysis is a bit complicated. Let me explain. We agree that it is a very friendly request or instruction. About something very innocent. About tea. About coffee.”

I completely follow.

“But precisely because the waiter does not use self-irony in such an innocent context, it is easy to use a magnifying glass and enlarge and see how the waiter would behave if the situation was not innocent.”

I fully understand what you mean. It makes great sense. How wonderfully put. A wonder. For you too I would presume.


But what is the waiters alternative?

“The waiter has an alternative: Pointing to the teapot and saying the two sentences: Tea. Two minutes. A neat solution.”

A very neat solution indeed.

“Yes, yes, it is good that you praise me for my elegant solution to a societal problem, but I just want to ensure that all readers understand all aspects of the solution.”

I understand this need and hope to hear about those aspects even though I’m also looking forward to hearing about other aspects.

“Are you looking forward to hearing about the aspects?”

The word aspects alone makes me shudder with expectation. Aspects. They almost sound like a kind of cookie. Voila. Taste these freshly baked aspects.

“The elegance is that the waiter plays on his authority in a humorous way. By uttering the hilariously funny words Tea. Two minutes. he explodes his authority before the eyes of the guests. It creates confidentiality, trust and unity.”

But how can the waiter continue this self-ironic style if the waiter is not in the right mood?

“Not in the right mood. Not in the right mood. Never have I heard such a wimpy apology. The waiter should do his job and do it fast.”

Another objection is that self-irony cannot be standardized. If you got all the servants in the world to make jokes about the tea in this way, it would be very konstigt as they say in Sweden.

“Well you idiot! Then you find the possibility of a variation. Your arguments are miserable.”

Don’t be so angry.

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Morten Hjerl-Hansen (born 15. June 1973) is a danish blogger born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. I lived for the first 19 years of my life in a liberal-minded, literary and academic home in North Zealand. My mother is a psychiatrist and my father is a chemical engineer. I have two siblings. Throughout childhood, "I invented near-useless things almost every day" and told my siblings "fairy tales" where they themselves were the protagonists. In 1986, I visited Houston in the United States with my family on a stay that spanned three and a half months. I started programming in 1986 and made approx. 20 major projects until I "lost the ability" in 2018. Student from N. Zahles High School 1992. Ry College 1993. Read theology 1993-1994 in Aarhus. Read philosophy 1995-2000 in Linköping, Lund and Copenhagen. Worked as Java programmer 2000 and 2001. Participated in numerous poetry readings in Copenhagen 2002-2007. Got a psychosis in 2007 "which took about 10 years to recover". Married to Else Andersen in 2010 and resides in Asnaes, Denmark. Father in 2014. Has written The Other Newspaper daily in Danish and English daily since 2013.