This combination of questions and response was a fitting ending, it seemed to me, to a long day of failing to get a cable problem solved online and over the phone.
You could apply the same principle to lots of situations, especially when you’re hoping for agreement or praise.
“How’s your day been going?” someone wants to know. You shake your head: “Lousy. It’s been a terrible day.” And someone replies, “I’m sorry, but I do not recognize that response. So again, how’s your day.”
After a fancy restaurant meal the server comes over: “I trust your dinner was satisfactory.” “Well, actually, not really. The chicken was kind of tough.” “Ah, Sir, I’m afraid I cannot accept that as a response. So let me ask you again: How was the food?”
“How do you like the election returns? Pretty awesome, eh?” “For you maybe. For me, it was pretty bad.” “What? I must have misheard you because I do not recognize that response. What do you really think?”
“Want to come over now or Tuesday?” “Now would be good.” “Sorry, I don’t recognize that. Actually, make it Wednesday.”
The cable company has another rhetorical winner somewhere in its questions online. It goes something like: “Is this the address where you want service. Answer Y for yes.”
And if the answer is “N” instead? I couldn’t find a spot for that. (hh)