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What is your favorite magic word?

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Please.



(I actually prefer "Thank you," but that's a magic phrase.)
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aramis wrote:
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Please say something else

Mine is XYZZY.


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Since phrases seem to be allowed, I've got a magic phrase that's guaranteed to make a few people vanish without a trace.

"Ready for tonight's game?"
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sos1 wrote:
Please.


Steffan beat me to it. With five young children in the house, that one is a major emphasis.

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I have found that enforcing good manners on the kids makes me more likely to pay attention to my own manners. Since the kids have started talking I'm more likely to say Please and Thank You and to pay attention to good manners.

Having kids makes one a better person.
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I can't believe no one said Expelliarmus!
It's maybe not my favorite but definitely the first one that popped into my head. Maybe not what you're referring to but when you say magic word...
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robbbbbb wrote:
sos1 wrote:
Please.


Steffan beat me to it. With five young children in the house, that one is a major emphasis.


Working in the service industry, it is remarkable how even the thinnest veneer of good manners can make a cruddy interaction bearable. And how alien/antagonistic people seem when they do not populate their speech with these simple words and phrases that soften commands and signify respect.

A big one is sir and ma'am. A lot of folks my age balk at these honorifics but I find they set a formal tone that helps avoid some of the stupider interactions. I try to use surnames when we play games with a lot of conflict for the same reason.

I worry that the omission of this language in online discourse will seep into face to face interactions, but so far I find most patients young and old subscribe to orthodox manners. The ones who do not usually have many other flaws in addition to impoliteness.
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ooozan wrote:
I can't believe no one said Expelliarmus!
It's maybe not my favorite but definitely the first one that popped into my head. Maybe not what you're referring to but when you say magic word...


avada kedavra worth a mention. Dunno if it was intended, but I think it is smart how it sounds like abrakadabra. As though this spell was so infamous in the wizarding world, that it bled into the muggle culture, and now thouasands of children's party magicians are unknowingly almost saying killing curses
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Bingo! which is, of course, used by many Catholics.
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Since we're doing phrases, "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!"
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Bingo! which is, of course, used by many Catholics.


My wife is a very orthodox Catholic, and I don't get this joke.

Unless it's a reference to how many kids we have, in which case I totally get this joke. Live it, even. (When I tell people that we have five kids I usually have to say, "Catholic, not Mormon. Tell the right jokes.")
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rebuscarnival wrote:
Working in the service industry, it is remarkable how even the thinnest veneer of good manners can make a cruddy interaction bearable. And how alien/antagonistic people seem when they do not populate their speech with these simple words and phrases that soften commands and signify respect.


So, to go all totally serious on a generally lightweight thread, the reason we use honorifics and other markers of politeness is as a social lubricant. It's an acknowledgement that you're asking someone to do something for you, and that person's time has value.

I find this matters most in interactions with service industry people: waiters, retail clerks, fast food workers.

Saying "Please" is a way of acknowledging that the guy you're asking to bring your food is a person, and not a piece of machinery. That's why it's important to me for the kids to learn to say it. It helps to reduce the distance between you.

Bluntly, one can develop a superiority complex over people in "lower class" jobs, and learning to say, "Please," acts as a constant reminder that the person who is serving you is a person, and due the respect that any person should receive.
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