Approximate (adj): close to the actual, but not completely accurate or exact.
Pet peeve. Please forgive me. Example:
“How many people were at the concert?” I ask.
“Approximately 47,” he replies.
Yes, it bothers me when people say they’re going to approximate a number and then give me a specific one. You can feel free to say “I would approximate between 45 and 50,” but 47 is what I would call a hard count.
Also pet peeve, case in point:
“What time will you be there?”
“I would approximate 7:15ish, but it could be later.”
Now I’m confused. First of all, I don’t know what “ish” is doing on the end of any word. 7:15 comes around once a night, and all of its neighbors have names, which are not associated with it. For instance, 7:16 is different.
I know this is silly, which may be the definition of a “pet peeve. (All pets are silly in their own way. Anybody who thinks a hamster or a fish gives a crap about them should spend a day or two in the loony bin. So when my peeve is my pet, I feed it, hold it, pet it, put it back in its cage and hope it does not poop all over everything.)
I do try to be patient with people. I realize they don’t share my predilections.
I also try to understand some of their pet peeves, though honestly, their particular renditions always seem, to me, to be pet rocks.
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