I’m at my favorite hangout, you guessed it, Starbucks enjoying my favorite libation, a venti soy Latte with two Splenda’s. I’m engaged in a friendly debate with a friend, and her friend, a gorgeous, well dressed, man with excellent oral hygiene (obvious" flosser") who is about five minutes from fine. For the record if anyone ever says you’re “five minutes from fine”, they’re really saying you're five minutes from physical perfection. In my friend’s gorgeous friends case; three minutes to groom his brows, two minutes to spike his hair, and voila...fine.
We’re all huddled together, our drinks combining to create an aroma as enjoyable as the caffeinated beverages we were preparing to imbibe, to debate whether Michael Kors should return to Project Runway. I say bring him back, but keep Zac. We ultimately agreed Zac Posen has to be nicer. We also narrowed down our list of the most irritating and overused clichés, using the most irritating and overused clichés to compile the list. “Remember Closure? I hated that expression,” said my friend. “Fo real,” said her gorgeous friend, beginning what will be known as his signature cliché. “Remember when everyone started saying, big picture?” I said. “That was a great cliché, until the politicians got a hold of it,” mumbled my friend. “Fo real” said her gorgeous friend. “I’m on the fence about awesome. I like it, I use it, but it will never replace my favorite curse word, to convey over the top exhuberance”. My friend said blowing on her drink. “I would prefer you just use the curse word…did you just say, over the top? I wondered aloud. My friend shruged as she sipped on her drink. “I’m tired of, Really”. I said. “When did Really go from being a question to a cliché?” My friend began laughing stopping abruptly, to add another Splenda to her drink. “If I hear, at the End of the Day, one more time”… Every one begins moaning. “Fo real” said her gorgeous friend, blowing on his drink, causing the large dollop of whip cream to splatter (did I just use dollop in a sentence)? “Only the Brits are allowed to say At the End of the Day,” I said, gently stirring my latte. “Why is that?” Said my friend. “It’s a British Idiom.” I say, with way too much confidence. The gorgeous friend begins gulping his drink, leaving a remnant on whip cream on his top lip. “When it’s all said and done, belongs to Americans.” I declared. I could see my friend and her gorgeous friend contemplating my last statement.
This whole topic reminded me of how globalization, specifically cultural globalization has blurred the lines between cultural values and mores across nations. It smacks me as odd that we still refer to certain things as American, French, British...choose your country. While it is true there remain obvious differences, such as languages and history, the differences especially as it pertains to consumerism, were obliterated by the internet, specifically social media. This is especially clear as it pertains to fashion trends. Back in the day (about ten years ago), there was a distinct difference in fashion from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States. Today however, you are just as likely to see a kid from Okinawa Japan, sitting in a Starbucks drinking an Americano reading her iPad while wearing a “What Would Gilligan do t-shirt”.
As the global lines continue to blur, clichés as irritating as they sometimes are, will continue to be interchanged between nations, just like fashion trends. Fancy that (sorry I couldn’t resist). Still can we leave “at the end of the day”, to the Brits? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure the expression is British. I only know Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom would close all of his debates with the British House of Commons, by saying, “At the End of the Day.” He said it so beautifully and with such passion, I figured it was an expression only the British owned. To be honest the British can say anything, because anything spoken with a British accident, when it’s all said and done, is beautiful.
Cultural Globilization: Paris, Japan, New York and London.