I’m not opposed to doling out “Congratulations” to the vast minions as it is warranted. In fact, I like to consider myself a liberal congratugiver, if you will. Over the years, my worldly experience has also lent itself to being the recipient of said “congratulations” on, I’m proud to say, more than one occasion. Three, actually.
However, the use of the word congratulations has become hopefully muddled. I blame the Communists honestly – and if you would like to send me a separate message I’ll be happy to go into my litany of explaining the reasons why. My focus in this blog is on one main misuse of the word. To make things easier, I’ll make like Ikea and put a simple table together for quick reference:
As you can plainly see, what concerns me most about modern society is NOT the normal day to day congratulations that are thrown around willy-nilly. No, what bugs me is when I buy a stupid product, open up the instruction manual, and am met with a smarmy:
“Congratulations on your purchase of the finest remote-controlled vacuum cleaner filter bag in the world!”
I already BOUGHT the product and paid for it with my hard-earned money. Don’t congratulate me for spending MY money on YOUR product. If anything, I should be congratulating YOU for sucking me in with your fancy packaging and gripping marketing materials. I have no need for your patronizing attempt at making me feel better for spending my money on YOU.
Here are some other examples of this:
A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice from now on please.