My friends will tell you that I have (from their vantage point) an annoying habit of peppering, on occasion, a standard sign-off with “most likely.”

Colleague: “See you tomorrow, Paul!”

Me: “Yes! Have a good night, and I’ll see you on the morrow…most likely.” (I know, I know — I was born to be an eccentric English teacher. Pay no mind.)

This isn’t me being vague about my plans. Quite the opposite. I agonize over my word because once given, that is that. When I say that I’ll do something or be somewhere, I will unless, of course, I’m dead.

Paul Utterback

Teacher writing about literature, minimalism, food, simplicity, sustainability and education.

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