[Ads-l] perfect = information acknowledgment

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Thu Feb 13 18:13:09 UTC 2020

It is, however, very wide spread. Seems to be primarily millennial servers
(restaurants as well as coffee shops). In Canada as well as the US.

Geoffrey S. Nathan
WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired)
Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
geoffnathan at wayne.edu

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I dislike this quite a bit, but I hear it in all sorts of situations =
where I=E2=80=99m giving a person, who is working, information.

Made-up examples:
A: What would you like?
B: A latte.
A: Perfect.

C: What day would you be available to come in?
D: Monday.
C: Perfect. And what time?
D: Two.
C: Perfect. We=E2=80=99ll see you then.

At one time, perhaps this really meant =E2=80=9CHey, that works =
perfectly,=E2=80=9D but I do not understand it that way now.

I don=E2=80=99t see this in the OED, Merriam-Webster or Wiktionary.=20

Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
Formerly of Seattle, WA=

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