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0574: Not a Latte of Experience in A Latte of Experience 30th Jul, 2020

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Author Notes:
Mel Cormac edit delete
Mel Cormac
Originally Albin was referred to as a really strict boss, and then I went in a different direction with his character, but I just kept the way Jon talks about him exactly the same, so Jon ends up looking like a complete idiot when Albin turns out to be really chill, just not terribly cheerful because of who he has to manage all day.
User comments:

mitchellbravo edit delete reply
mitchellbravo
YES ALBIN MY FAVORITE
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Finally a chapter featuring the best boy
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I bet those plaid shirts are Ken's most precious possessions!
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Without them, he wouldn't have much to wear!
Matthew Jones (Guest) edit delete reply
Two things: what have you done Jon?! Not really, because I think that Albin and Ken will work out well. Maybe not, though because as we saw with the sand castle, Ken can really get almost overly focused on one task.

Second, again, with the Americanisms...why do Brits put 'u' in so many words?! Neighbour, Colour, honour, beyound, behinud.

Ok, the last two might have been a stretch.
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
At the very least they have similar-ish work ethics!

I think the U thing comes from the Norman conquest - apparently Latin words that end in -or could be written in Old English as -or and in Old French as -our so we ended up adopting the more French spelling. I think that's why, I'm not completely sure.
TL;DR it's because of the French
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
You have it the wrong way around mate, it was an American named Noah Webster who made those changes that started fabricating the American dialect out of Imperial English. Dropping the U in those, and a bunch of other words was one of the things done as part of the post-revolutionary spirit to separate the culture of the US from mother England. I could put on my editor's hat and nitpick the good and bad for those changes, but there's probably better places on the internet to read about those issues and have those discussions.

At the very least I try not to inflict that kind of thing on the unsuspecting and the undeserving, aside from my favourite crank rant about how colour should be spelled, "culur," instead, and that Webster got it wrong by dropping the U instead of the Os.
TheFullCrumb edit delete reply
TheFullCrumb
It was also due to cost. Newspapers used to charge you by letter, which meant that original spellings of words, such as 'colour, and 'armour', were shortened to color and armor.

In the end, it's about that one thing that Americans love, but never have enough of.

Money.

(I'm Canadian btw)
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
Mostly I was responding to refute the notion that it was British English spelling things differently, instead of the ex-colonials on the left bank of the Atlantic going off on their own left handed path of deviance from the traditions of English language spelling. The other English speaking nations of the world did not suddenly and inexplicably add an extra letter to make colour a six letter word after the US separated from the British Empire.

The cost savings of shortening words has lead to many British adverts, telegrams and other texts using abbreviated spelling as well. The difference is that there was no similarly influential spelling reform movement and revisionist dictionary publisher outside the US to make colour a five letter word. We could try to change that though: Would you like to join me in promoting the 2-U spelling of culur? ;)
TheFullCrumb edit delete reply
TheFullCrumb
Nah, I like colours and armours, not culurs and armurs.
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
Fair enough, usually I do too. Primarily I promote, "culur," over, "color," as a superior abbreviation in order to wind up Yanks and Yankophiles who try to push their Americanism misspellings on others.
TheFullCrumb edit delete reply
TheFullCrumb
It's even funnier when they come up to Canada and DEMAND things be spelt the 'real' way.
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Orange is my favurite culur.
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
Purple, green and magenta are three culurs I've given as answers when asked which is my favourite before, which were all correct at the time.
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
Ken seems a wee, little bit nitpicky, and detail oriented. If I have that right then him working in a coffee shop might either break him... or break Jon. (Imagine it, Jon starts getting correctly nitpicked by the junior friend he introduced to the job. Funny for sure, but it might break him or his friendship with Ken.)

Being a business owner with low-wage employees tends to teach the ones that don't fail an awful lot of patience. tolerance, and willful ignorance about details that don't matter. That could be fully consistent all the way through, as Albin gets forced to lower his expectations over time.
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
That's very true actually! Being too detail-oriented can be a downside in some lines of work. I had to turn that part of my brain off when I did waiting and barista work (though normally I was so tired my brain was only working at about 25% capacity anyway, but still)
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
It depends on the place really: I've experienced a commercial coffee provider whose process precision was... breathtakingly exacting. It was bloody expensive too, but I expected that: I was asked for my detailed preference, and I asked for, "As close to being able to stand a spoon up in it as you can get without killing me or going Turkish and leaving grounds in it." I needed it, someone else was paying, and oh boy did it give me the second kick I needed when drinking Irish Breakfast by itself wasn't quite enough.
junoro edit delete reply
junoro
The idea of only having 4 people working in a store made me clench my teeth so hard lol. I've been in similar situations, where if anyone calls in sick... nobody is getting a day off for a while!
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Yeah, this page I basically me calling out myself on not making enough characters to work in this café!