Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Half-glassed!

You know that line of thought which says that you are able to tell whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist according to whether they think the glass is half-full or half-empty?

Well, nothing sh*ts me more than twee, trite nonsense such as this.

It really isn't such a deep question when you think about it.

A glass will always be half-full if you are filling it at the time. Ie, you are aiming to get the glass full, so half-way there is half-full.

Likewise, if you are aiming to empty a glass, half-way there is half-empty.

The appropriate description is dependent on the objective.

I mean, sure, you could be all 'normal' and relaxed about this and just take a commonplace saying for its intended meaning...

But I prefer the unnecessarily cynical and picky approach every time, thanks.

That is all.

4 comments:

Lucy Tartan said...

I think it also depends quite a lot on what the glass is half full or empty of. Donald Trump's spit? Chocolate milk? Mercurochrome? Anti-venom?

weasel said...

I love it when you talk about being a pedant instead of about being a sports nut.

Galaxy said...

Heh! I love a witty cynic.

Georg said...

Ah, CSH, the new job has not dampened your cynicism. Thank goodness.