I write & speak about software and the people that build it. I’ve made apps at NYTimes, Tumblr, and now run my own studio, Lickability. I obsess about cocktails, musical theater, and podcasts. Oh yeah, and I was on Jeopardy!
Last night, I listened to this episode of the podcast The Allusionist from October. As a keen observer of language, the host Helen Zaltzam is often bothered by the cliches of foodservice phrases like “Enjoy!” or “Are you still working on that?”. What follows is a fascinating discussion with restaurant professionals about the origin, meanings, and functional purposes of these and other similar expressions. I’d highly recommend giving it a listen.