Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sunday Scribblings - "Nearly"

What I have discovered over the years is that “nearly” doesn’t really cut it at any point, at any time, at any age - not as an excuse, not as an achievement, and not even as reassurance.

- Me, somewhat proudly: “I nearly passed my maths exam, you know”. Yeah, 38/100 may be have been a personal high (with 40 being the minimum pass mark), but “nearly” still didn’t get me a rank.

- English teacher: “Have you finished your assignment?” Me, cautiously: “Nearly.” She, incandescent: “What do you mean, nearly? Either you have, or you haven’t. Which is it?” Me: “Um… nearly have.” And that’s how I got detention on a Friday afternoon.

- “Did you win the quiz competition?” “Nearly.” “Nearly?” “Yes, we would have except for the teams in first and second place.” Riiiiight...

- Pete, reassuringly to me: “I’m nearly done”... and 3 hours later, he’s not moved so much as an inch from his workdesk, it’s past midnight, and we’re still at his office where we were only “going to stop briefly to pick up a document”.

9 comments:

page210 said...

Ah! I always nearly cleared math, and was always nearly done with my assignments too.

Moe said...

I nearly didn't make it hear but you left a link so hear I am. ;) Thanks for your email.

MiM said...

i nearly posted a new post on my blog...
but i commented here instead...:-)

Shammi said...

page210: :)

Moe: Thanks for coming by :)

MiM: Adi paavi! I'd rather see a new post on your blog than a comment on my post :D

Shammi said...

page210: :)

Moe: Thanks for coming by :)

MiM: Adi paavi! I'd rather see a new post on your blog than a comment on my post :D

Kamini said...

Oh, Shammi, how you make me laugh!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Amusingly true.

ummon said...

have you lost all the weight you have intended to (asking myself)... nearly :)
what a funny woman you are. and majorly underexposed.

Shammi said...

Kamini, Madeleine: Thanks :) I try!

Ummon: Ugh. I must have subconsciously avoided that particular "nearly" question. Except the answer would be "NOT", rather than "nearly" :(