Terms of non-Endearment

I only had time to tweet about this when it first appeared, but wanted to be sure you had seen Ben Schott’s Op-Art Terms of Service piece in the New York Times last week about the linguistic shorthand restaurant staffs use to communicate with each other about various aspects of their customers behavior and preferences (and sometimes that of their co-workers).  Some of it is pretty snarky, of course, but there is also a lot in the beautifully designed graphic to love, i.e. how the restaurants acknowledge their better customers, and facilitiate the flow in the kitchen.   

It’s the first in a series about “private languages,” and a wonderful place to start, given the scene in dining-crazed New York City.  Very entertaining, be sure to check it out!

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