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Topic - Can I get..

WyeValleyClimber - on 15 Jun 2012
When I go into a shop to buy something that needs to be handed over to me by a sales assistant I usually prompt the transaction with words along the lines of...

'Could I have a ...... please?'

Now it has not escaped my attention that many younger folk (I'm in my forties) tend to use the (to my ears) rather clunkier ...

'Can I get a ..... please?'

I remember first hearing this phrase in Australia 20 years ago and therefore suspect the influence of Ozzy soaps has affected our British youth in respect to shop etiquette.

My question is this...

What is the cut-off age separating the two shop request paradigms?
My guess is somewhere between the ages of 29 and 32.

Could you please respond with your age and preferred approach?

I'm also interested in the cut-off age of using the word 'uni' in reference to further education and, for males employed in office environments, the wearing of absurd, long (oh so long!) pointed slip-on shoes not dissimilar to the comedy footwear of yesteryear so beloved of the clown.
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