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February 1st, 2005

Profound Epiphany & Etiquette Revolution @ 11:50 am


When one holds a door open for someone, one might well say, "After you." Yet this makes little sense, since it is being addressed to 'you'. What one really wants to say is, "Before me."

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Date:February 1st, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)

::iznt a huge jenius::

What? Isn't that the same thing?

You're basically saying:
[I'll go] after you
[you go] before me
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Date:February 1st, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)

Re: ::iznt a huge jenius::

[You are] right.
But it's far more natural to eliminate [you] than [I] in English. Every imperative command is like that, "[you] go to the store", "[you] go before me". It's not such a stretch to "[you go] before me". But it seems bizarre (apart from the fact that it is idiomatic) to lop off "I'll go". You can't just say, "To the store."

It also seems strange that the message A wants communicate to B is "you (B) should go first", but it is done by referring to what A is going to do afterwards.

Journal of No. 118