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While carpooling to work with the Husband 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.
Can I use "on the way" in the temporal sense?