Yesterday (9th March 17:45), the DJ on KFM radio station, mentioned in a news report that the traffic leaving Cape Town was jam packed!
She suggested that the listeners (who were thinking of leaving work) rather go have a drink first before heading home.
Her thinking (I assume) was that the listeners (workers) should wait for the traffic to calm down. Before taking to the road.
In her very next breath, she had to say, what I meant by a drink – is to go have a coffee…
BUT, did she really mean that? Or was she ACTUALLY referring to something alcoholic?
AND if she was – why would that be such a bad thing? Why did she have to correct herself on air?
I think South Africans are too conservative in their word choice and life actions.
Let me explain,
Why did she (the news reader, I assume) have to correct herself?
By her saying: “Have a drink” is she condoning drunkenness?
Or drunken driving?
People – when the hear in conversation “have a drink” – they automatically think the speaker is referring to alcohol? But, maybe they’re aren’t?
And if they are, what is the problem with that?
Having a beer, or a glass of wine, before someone has to head into the traffic, may just be a good thing. After a long, stressful day of work, maybe having a drink, would calm one down. (We,know alcohol has that relaxant in it.)
But, point is, “Have a drink” – is not a negative statement.
“A drink doesn’t lead to drunkenness.”
“An idiot with a drink leads to drunkenness!”
Perhaps, the presenter or whoever offers at advice, should say, “Yeah, go have a drink. Unwind a bit before facing the traffic… but if you are an idiot, then perhaps you should stay away from anything alcoholic and just have a coffee. Because no one likes a drunken idiot!” 😉
Do hear what I am saying? Or what I have written?
(That’s what came to me, when I heard the news reporter / traffic reporter person speak…)
So… welcome to the weekend.
If you like the taste of wine or beer (for there ARE some tasty ones), and you are craving the taste, go and enjoy it!
But don’t be a dick! Because that’s just annoying!