March 23rd, 2004


On the Way

weather: cloudy
outside: 12°C
mood: giggly
Preamble — Work, Home and Gas Station are almost exactly in a straight line, approximate distances are as in the following not-to-scale diagram:

W ----------------------- H ------ G

While carpooling to work with the userinfoHusband Guy one morning —

Me: Hey, the empty light is on. We should get gas on the way home.
Him: "On the way"? There isn't a gas station on the way home.
Me: The Chevron at 41st.
Him: That's not "on the way".
Me: Yes, it is.
Him: No, it's not.
Me: Well, there's no gas station between Work and Home.
Him: So, we'll go to the Chevron at 41st.
Me: Right. We'll go on the way home.
Him: It's not on the way!
Me: Yes, it is! It's TEMPORALLY on the way!
Him: That's not what "on the way" means. Tell you what. Post this on your LiveJournal and see what it means to everybody else, as opposed to <condescension>what it means to you</condescension>.

At that point, I'm glad we were at a red light because we were laughing so hard I couldn't drive. I cut the conversation down to bare essentials. There was a lot more in that exchange, including insults to each other's intelligence, play fighting, we stopped to get gum, etc.

So, I put it to you, Gentle Readers.

Poll #267404 "On The Way"

Can I use "on the way" in the temporal sense?

Depends on the situation. [Please explain in comments.]