17 June 2007

Tornata



"congratulation on your teegre loz ov love ed best wisces for the future from your prod mam ed dad"

...My parents got some new bedroom furniture for my room at home not long ago. So whilst I was there last week I did some sorting through my old stuff and came across the above card. This was sent to me with a bunch a roses by my parents in summer 2001 - via Interflora - when I got my degree results (or should that be "teegre"). I think it must have been the euphoria of the moment, but at the time I didn't notice the English. LOL.

Now, I'm not one who thinks that everyone should speak English, at all, but when you're providing an international service, if you can't speak the lingo, get some coping tools! - A fax machine, the internet, whatever! Don't take a message over the phone in a language you're not fluent in - or if you do have to, get them to spell everything out! If you don't, the above might happen to you too.

The "loz ov love" reminds me of text speak. Maybe the florist was before his time and was already doing text speak in 2001.

Loz of love, Delina.

10 comments:

Giovanna said...

That is too funny!!

Annika said...

haha that is so cute!!!

Giulia said...

Welcome back, Delina! I know many Italians who spell out "ed" for the word "and"...LOL

Gil said...

Kind of reminds me of some cakes where the person doing the writing runs out of space and randomly hyphenates a long word.

Delina said...

It made me laugh too. Imagine if the florist went into icing cakes Gil. Best wisces :)

Pola said...

oh mai god! it's tciu fanni!!

Alyson said...

You should see my written Italian ;))!

Delina said...

Pola, ahaha funny!

Alyson, it is hard, I know. But my point is, that my parents surely paid quite a bit for a bunch of flowers and so I would expect a better service level.

...Perhaps his/her written English has improved a bit by now :)

J.Doe said...

I hope you had a nice vacation.
My written Italian probably looks a lot like the written English in your photo. Of course I don't work as an international florist.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

harelaireeeus!