Service Industries...

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 8:03 AM
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  • Brian -- I found some interesting definitions of "service" in the Oxford English Dictionary.

    1. The condition, station, or occupation of being a servant. (In mod. use almost exclusively spec. = domestic service.) a. In phrases with preps. at, in,into, on, out of service; to go to, put to, set to service; to go into, put into, take into service; to place out at service.

    2. a. Const. of or possessive: The condition of being a servant of a particular master.b. In religious use: The condition or fact of being a servant (of God). Cf. 13. to end in God's service: to die in the faith.

    4. a. The condition or employment of a public servant (of a sovereign or state). in the British, French, etc. service: (chiefly of a soldier or sailor).

    10. The devotion or suit of a lover; professed love. arch. (Cf. 2c.)

    11. The serving the sovereign or the state in an official capacity; the duties or work of public servants. On His (or Her) Majesty's Service: a formula (often abbreviated O.H.M.S.) printed on the cover of a letter to indicate that it is official (and therefore exempt from postage). secret service: see SECRET a.

    12. a. The duty of a soldier or sailor; the performance of this duty. Often, actual participation in warfare; more fully active service.

    14. Worship; esp. public worship according to form and order. Now rare or Obs. exc. in divine service. {dag}Formerly often, God's service, public service, common service.

    19. a. The action of serving, helping, or benefiting; conduct tending to the welfare or advantage of another. Chiefly in to do, render service (cf. 6).

    21. a. Assistance or benefit afforded by an animal or thing (or by a person as involuntary agent); the work which an animal or thing is made to do. Phr. to do service.

    V. Waiting at table, supply of food; hence, supply of commodities, etc.

    28. a. The furniture of the table; esp. a set of dishes and other utensils required for serving a particular meal. Often with defining word, as dinner, dessert, breakfast, tea service.

    * service provider n. an organization that (or occas. a person who) supplies a service of some kind; (in later use freq. spec.) a company which offers subscribers access to the Internet, or to a telephone network.

    There are many more, but you get the idea. It seems to me that there are all kinds of people working and living lives to provide the rest of us with certain conveniences (services) whether we live in the country, in towns, or in cities. Characterizing "service" as "City Slicker" and making an analogy to the breeding of livestock as the sole definition of "service" does a disservice to all the people living around you, in your locale and elsewhere who might make life easier for you.

    -- Posted by Resilient Justice on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 12:51 PM
  • Brian, Funny.

    In Messiah, Arley

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 4:17 PM
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    Resilient Justice - Right you are. This lame shot at humor could easily be taken the wrong way by some.

    In my defense, I have mentioned in past blog entries how much I appreciate the US Postal Service in particular, and given praise to civil service folks as well. I've written about providing telephone service once or twice, and only the IRS has escaped my positive comments that I know of. That still doesn't make the joke politically correct and I hope I have not truely offended anyone.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 5:53 PM
  • You haven't offended me, Brian. I enjoy words and language and just wanted to point out some important aspects of "service" for the less than discerning reader (and blogger).

    -- Posted by Resilient Justice on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 6:33 PM
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