This Post is a winner of Chicagnow’s 20 Best Posts of August 2017.
Why Is Everything So Perfect?
How much longer is “Perfect” going to remain the favorite buzzword?
Because I hear it everywhere… even in settings where it may not be entirely appropriate. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Is everything really that darned perfect?
That word is a lot to live up to. The Webster’s Dictionary I keep on my desk defines “Perfect” as: 1.a: being entirely without fault or defect: flawless.
I can’t take the pressure!
For example, we were in a training session at work, learning the new electronic filing procedures for the IL state court filing system.
I theorized our speaker was possibly a former military commander. She was a no-nonsense woman, dressed in business-like clothing, along with a Type A personality type that I covet. Her crisp, staccato voice certainly had me at attention. And I didn’t want to cross her.
Presenter: Any questions? No? PERFECT. Next slide please.
By this time I was afraid to ask any questions for risk of making things less than … well, Perfect . I even abstained from the snacks they offered, for fear of making munching noises.
[more than] Slightly Imperfect
Everyone knows I’m less than Perfect. Such as when I feed food from my plate to the dog, even though the host asks me not to do so. I also eat from utensils that drop onto the ground – without pausing to clean them. Yummy.
The Buzzword Is Everywhere
I even hear this response when I run my errands or make simple phone calls, such as when making an appointment to see my dentist:
Receptionist: Your last name please.
Me: V as in Victor – a – n. H – o w –e.
Whew! I’ve been practicing that one for decades.
Receptionist: And what is your main concern?
Me: I have a tooth that’s killing me. Gosh, I hope I don’t have to get a root canal.
Receptionist: [typing] Perfect.
Clearly, she’s missing the irony here.
Receptionist: The dentist has a full schedule. The earliest time we can get you in is Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 7:30 in the morning. Does that work?
And have a super, imperfect day.