Can You Wait or Not?


When people feel eagerness when they look forward to an event, I often hear them say “I can’t wait!” when they really mean that they can hardly wait. The curmudgeon in me wants to quote a friend from high school (Hi, Dick!) who always responded to that remark by saying, “you’ll have to.”

I finally ran into an instance of a guy who actually couldn’t wait—he was doing something about bringing the desired event closer. Fourth panel:

So don’t say “I can’t wait” when you mean “I can hardly wait.”


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