There are easily more than 200,000 words in the English language as it exists in the present time. To be modest, I could only account for roughly 175,000 of them all by myself. I did have to look up & estimate the rest.
However, it only takes but a few of them to unite under certain circumstances to cause one a significant amount of cardiac turmoil.
Here is a small sampling of those near-lethal combinations for your perusal. I am sure that you have experienced at least one of these already.
- After a hearty meal during one’s first date: “Credit Card declined.”
- Late at night on a lonely stretch of highway, one’s co-passenger delicately inquires after a refreshing nap: “When did that low fuel level light come on?”
- When one clicks the ‘Complete Order’ button on a rather expensive online purchase and after a few seconds that always seem like an eternity, the screen placidly shows: “Oops! Something went wrong.”
- One expectantly opens an e-mail or letter in response to one’s job interview and it begins: “Dear ___, thank you so much for…”
- The words “Package delivery delayed” appear in an e-mail regarding a shipment update of an anniversary gift ordered at the last moment.
- After barely making it to one’s departure gate at an exceptionally expansive transit airport with moments to spare before boarding, the words “Gate change announcement…” suddenly demands one’s complete & undivided attention (this is especially gruesome if the announcement does indeed concern one’s upcoming flight)