“Start finishing up your drinks now please.” It’s the common call of bartenders, and bar staff everywhere. And it doesn’t make any sense.
We all start finishing our drinks the minute that we start them. It’s a universal thing. The problem is that they’re including the word “start”. They’re actually adding words which aren’t necessary. Which seems an odd thing for people who tend to spend as much time as possible subtracting words from their sentences. “Time Gentlemen please.” See, there are only just enough words in that sentence. Well actually this common version of the call lets women off the hook at one fell swoop. Which is why you will often see women arguing semantics with bartenders at closing time.