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Then: Small, Medium, Large

Now: Tall, Grande, Venti

The photos above look the same but the names have been changed to confuse the innocent.  Sometime in the recent past the small, medium and large coffee went the way of the eight track, the cassette player and the soon to be extinct analog TV.

Boutique coffee shops such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean  offer coffee drinks that have become works of art, with exotic names like Cinnamon Dolce Creme, Mocha Frappucino and Carmel Macchiato.  And as if learning the names of these new drinks isn’t enough, we also have to familiarize ourselves with the new sizes now being offered.  

At Starbucks they have tall, grande and venti.  At Coffee Bean they serve small, regular and large.    

Doesn't "regular" mean what one usually orders? "I'll have my regular."  Isn't it presumptuous to assume that everyone's regular is the drink in the middle?    

And yesterday at the mall, I could have ordered an ernome from a barista who was only too happy to add an extra shot of caffeine for only .25 cents.  Such a deal.  An enorme coffee alone was enough to give me the jitters.  

Every now and then I do stumble upon a small, medium and large menu.  But then a small is what used to be medium, a medium is what used be a large and well...you get the picture.  Food in this country has become Super Sized.  Is that to fit our stomachs or our expanding egos?    

So the other day with my tall coffee in hand I went to visit my daughter where my granddaughter excitedly showed me her report card.  She got all 4's.  Fours!  It appears that the grading system now uses numbers.  What happened to the good old A,B,C,D & F system?    

Speaking of numbers, the last time I went shopping I was completely confused as to what size I should buy.  The store's sizing started with a zero and went to up to four.  Now, I'm a small person, so I guess I'd be a negative number.  Who wants to feel like they're less than nothing?  And really who is getting fooled?  If you're a four at this shop, well, then you're a large.  Oh excuse me, a venti.

Yes, the world is changing, whether we like it not.  Things are looked at and labeled differently than when we were young.  Back then a woman with a hot flash - was a woman with a hot flash.  Today- well, we're called hormonally challenged women.  

And I say that’s enough of a challenge without having to learn how to order a coffee drink!



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      Lindao wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • I learned long ago not to worry too much about labels, Janie.  Upscale stores tend to mark their larger sizes with smaller numbers to make those of us not blessed with as slim a body as you feel better about ourselves.  Discount stores seem to use larger numbers on small clothes that don’t fit anyway.  And I agree that today’s euphemisms can be confusing.  Just give me a medium-sized flavored coffee and I’m happy! —LindaO



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Lindao - Yes, euphemisms are confusing.

      Annie -  I’m glad I made you laugh.  

      Have a great weekend.

      Janie



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      Tinaf wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • I remember my reaction years ago when I first encountered the tall, grande, venti coffee sizes. My kids were in elementary school and had just switched over to that 1,2,3,4 system you talked about, which we parents were told was superior to the standard A, B, C, D, F grading because it would, among other things, help with self-esteem. So my reaction was to look at the barista and explain that my self-confidence was just fine, thanks so much, and I’d like the small.  =)



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      Sandyde wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Janie, I think you‘re on to something.  They‘re just trying to make us think we‘re looney...as if my forgetfulness isn’t already enough to convince me of my failings.  

      God, I’m glad I don’t drink coffee—just one more thing to confuse me...lol.

      Great job, again!

      Sandy



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      Sunkist wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • When I go to Starbucks I still order my coffee using SMALL MEDIUM & LARGE and it works!  :)



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Tinaf - That numbering is supposed to help self-esteem?  I hope it’s working.

      Sandyde - I can relate to forgetfulness!

      Sunkist -  I used to order a short at Starbucks until they removed it form the menu. Now, I’m used their sizing, but it still irks me.

      Thank you all for commenting.  Have a great weekend.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • I hate ordering things you need a rule book for! You feel as if the workers in the back will come out and point at you and chant about how dumb you are.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 11, 2008
    • Cindylou - That’s exactly how I feel sometimes!



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      Leeann wrote Oct 11, 2008
    • I asked my mom what she wanted to drink at the drive through Window at starbucks,she reached in her purse and took a bussiness card out with her order already written down. I have never laughed so hard. I took a picture of it!



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      Sylvia wrote Oct 12, 2008
    • ““:[Link Removed] just want a cup of plain coffee.  I hate all those/


      Sylvia, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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