Sometime I wish we could just go with blunt meanings and forget all the polite formal crap that gets thrown in. It annoys my sense of efficiency. Of course There are some that just feel natural to me, but working in IT with a lot of folks who have different languages and cultures, I start feeling like that old Carlin Joke. paraphrased: “Anybody who drives slower than me is a pussy who shouldn’t have a license, and anybody who drives faster is an dangerous ass who should be taken off the road”
But Being American my level of “correct” formality is very low obviously in general, and sometimes it drives me crazy. Where I work In particular there is a Taiwanese guy, and an Indian dude who are both very confrontational, but so programmed for formality that it is both Hilarious and grating in a passive-aggressive way to hear these guys arguing as loudly and animatedly as you can without actual yelling, but starting every sentence with
“So what I am hearing you say is…!”
“I do understand what you are saying but…!”
“If I am understanding you correctly then…!”
“I may not be remembering correctly but…!”
I need to figure out how to get them to argue the correct loud obnoxious American way.
“NO! NO! NO!”
Just Shut-up and listen!"
“That makes no damn sense!”