Thursday, June 14, 2012


If you were to read the following sentences:

On that day, John Smith cut the paper.  Chances are that John Smith cut the piece of paper because he wanted two scraps.

would you think that chances are essentially meant

it's likely

or meant

it's possible


I seek your thoughts; I am not sure what chances are means to most readers.


Mister Parker said...

I'd go with "it's likely" -- anyway, it's likely that chances are that's what it means to me.

mister muleboy said...


so when you read the phrase, your unbidden reading is probably "it's likely."


mister muleboy said...

And let me be the first to say it:

that's a clown question, bro

Lupner said...

I would also interpret as "'likely."

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Is that a Linda G. line re a supremes thing?

But yeah, "Chances are" indubitably means, as Curly would say, and in common parlance & i guess parlance is a word, "likely" -- and i would go further and say it is actually understood by the majority of old people who would ever come across such journalistic parlance as meaning "most likely and almost soitenly, nyuk nyuk nyuk."

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Who Am Us Anyway? said...

I somehow posted it twice, but then i deleted the redundancy so as to save bandwidth and so that no one would know i screwed up. Oh wait ...