Yesterday, I called to make an appointment with a dentist. I was expecting a perky greeting like: “Good morning. You’ve called ABC Dentistry. Can I help you?” Instead, the receptionist answered the phone, sounding like she had just had some dental work herself – she seemed incoherent – and said: “Ah hulloh? Dentist here.”
I was taken aback. Maybe I was hallucinating. Then I heard it again. The second time, she sounded more like she was drunk.