Posted by R. Berg on October 12, 2002
In Reply to: Let's get ready to rumble! posted by TheFallen on October 12, 2002
: : : What does "get what's coming to them" as an argument in favor of thing have to do with the phrase at all?
: : : "I'm done cleaning the bathroom.
: : : If you think that, you've got another think coming to you"
: : : I think we all agree on the intended meaning of this phrase as used here.
: : : Why do we agree? Because there is a complete thought expressed in the reply. The inference that the original speaker is incorrect in what he thinks, ie., the bathroom is clean and therefore he is done, is plainly made, by the note that he must think again before his thought processes correctly assess the situation.
: : : "I'm
done cleaning the bathroom.
: : : If you think that, you've got another thing coming"
: : : What is the idea intended by this?
: : : How does that imply that the speaker/thinker is incorrect and the bathroom is not clean nor is he done? Certainly it makes no sense that "another thing" is cleaning the bathroom again, that is not another thing, but rather the same thing. Is the other thing the temporal state of 'not being done'? hardly qualifies as a thing.
: : :
: : : As for best foot forward implying three or more feet - how?
: : Here's how: "better" properly applies in comparisons of two things, "best" in comparisons involving three or more.
: In the red corner, I give you Rowdy Roddy Rube, and in the blue corner, I give you Ms. R. "Terminatrix" Berg - may the best man (or woman) win.
"Terminatrix"? Aw, you're too kind.