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Have You Heard My New Word?

Aug 17, 2007
How often have you used the word "unbelievable"? Unbelievable can be used to describe a football play, the price of something, a sunset - just about anything.

But the play, the price and the sunset are real. They're something you've experienced and thus have to be believable. Not to worry. I've invented a word for these kinds of situations.

The word is "hardtobelievable". There is a thin line between unbelievable and hardtobelievable, but it's there.

When someone says just a second, that's unbelievable and just a minute usually is too. However, when someone says I'll call you tomorrow or the check's in the mail or when a politician says anything - these are examples of hardtobelievable. They could happen, but you're not going to hold your breath waiting.

Looking through your high school yearbook, seeing how much your nieces and nephews have grown since last Thanksgiving, seeing yourself in the mirror first thing in the morning all qualify as hardtobelievable. Being able to read a doctor's handwriting also qualifies.

A magic shows is another example of hardtobelievable. Through slight of hand and distracting our attention, magicians seem to perform magic. But if the magic were unbelievable, the woman really would have been cut in two.

In spite of indisputable proof such as Tang, Teflon and Velcro, some people still think the landing on the moon was unbelievable. It was hardtobelievable.

Losing money in Las Vegas is believable. Been there. Done that. What's hardtobelievable is that people overpay for souvenirs to remind themselves of the experience.

Ninety-one degrees in Southern California in February is hardtobelievable, but people taking out their t-shirts and shorts is...shortsighted.

It's hardtobelievable when a presidential speech starts on time or ends fast enough. It's hardtobelievable Donald Trump thinks his hairstyle looks good and that you can lose weight on a cookie diet.

When you see a parking ticket under your windshield wiper, you tell yourself the meter's timer must be broken. It couldn't have taken twenty minutes to pick up the prescription.

Okay, you did happen to see a friend; but you really didn't talk. It was more like a quick hi. It couldn't have taken more than a couple of minutes. But it did.

Although hardtobelievable, the ticket is real. Yes, the ticket is real. Put it back under the windshield wiper, track down your friend and have a cup of coffee. The parking is free. That's really hardtobelievable!
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