"Does it trick?"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Dec 15 14:12:00 UTC 2007

This is possible -- for both the reasons
below.  If I can remember which barrista, I'll
enquire when I see her again.  (I find it
interesting that, having become convinced of what
I heard -- I actually asked her to repeat it -- I
did not think of other possibilities.)


At 12/15/2007 12:45 AM, Seán Fitzpatrick wrote:
>Could she possibly have said "I hope it DOES THE trick"?  In the clatter,
>chatter, and bang of a Starbucks, aging ears can keep you out of it as much
>as actually being out of it does.
>Seán Fitzpatrick
>Wake up with Freedom Fighters
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>"Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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>Subject: "Does it trick?"
>Uncertain how to order more coffee in my latte, I asked the cash
>register attendee in English, who then spoke the correct Starbuckese
>to the barrista. When I received my "triple grande latte", the
>barrista said to me "I hope it doesn't trick". Once again, I didn't
>speak the language. She explained, that meant "I hope it's what you wanted."
>What do the experts say about this use of trick (verb)? That it
>arises from "To deceive by a trick; to cheat" seems plausible, but
>surely it has moved some distance.

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