Life, the Universe & Everything

Vielen Dank

Tori laughed at me yesterday because she heard me saying thank you to Siri after setting an alarm on my watch.

She questioned why I was saying thank you to an inanimate AI on my wrist when it really didn’t care, and I realised I say thank you to a lot of things, a lot of the time.

It’s just good manners. When someone does something helpful, you say thank you.

Apparently my brain counts many things as ‘someone’ rather than ‘something’. Along with Siri, things I regularly thank include:

  • ATMs
  • The fridge/freezer
  • My car
  • Vending machines
  • Tins when they open (my tin opener is a bit temperamental and it sometimes takes more than one try…)

Oh, and I sometimes say thank you to charging cables when I plug them in and they make whatever it is light up and say charging.

To mix it up, I do sometimes say thank you in German, and occasionally French or Spanish…

Is this just a me thing?

On the plus side, it is a good habit to say thank you, so I guess the fact that I do it automatically is a good thing. Right?

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