17 June 2007
"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.