Saturday, December 18, 2010

Not if I see you first!

I was talking to someone the other day and when I left they said they would see me later.  I almost commented with, “Not if I see you first.”  For the first time in my life, I stopped and really considered what that phrase implies. 
This is not a phrase that you would return to a friend.  Not if I see you first implies that the person will not see you if you see them first.  At best, you are hiding from them, at worst, you plan on offing them.  So maybe reserve this one for your enemies and do the little hand motion gun firing thing when you say it.  Then you can laugh and say that you WILL see them first. 
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You know, you're right!

DEZMOND said...

ah, you kinda lost me in the middle of the text - if I see you first I will see you before you see me first before I see you first before you see me first ..... :PPp

Budd said...

Dez- Not if I see you first.

Bryce Wilson said...

Yeah I think my mind is blown a little.

Ady said...

My other half and I had this debate yesterday. I always thought it meant "Not if I see YOU first". i.e. it's a little joke because we'll see each other at the same time. But my other half thinks that it means avoiding the other person.

There's mixed opinion about this one at work. Turns out most people had never thought of it as meaning avoidance!