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[XKCD - Google] I should/shouldn't have kissed her  (View post)

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

Monday, August 4, 2008
11 years ago23,757 views


imgs.xkcd.com/comics/regrets.p ...



More people do not regret :)
[put at-character here] xkcd.com/458/

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[Anonymous] [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

[You Are Wrong]

Um, both those feelings are regretful. The feeling of "I shouldn't have kissed her/him" means I regret kissing. The feeling of "I should have kissed her/him" means I regret NOT kissing.

The idea is that more people don't act on their regrets to kiss someone.

P. K. [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

You've forgotten to add the alt text again!

Jak [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

the problem is that there are actually tons of results fo "Im glad i saw epic movie"... i really should find something better to do with my time.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Jak
There weren't before this comic strip was released :P

jessie-mattews@hotmail.co.uk [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

.. Do we know if "Should" means that

a) they did kiss them and do not regret it. That they kissed the person and it was the correct decision to make

<OR>

b) they didn't kiss them, but regret that choice. That they wished they had kissed them.

Which is it?!

Get back to me on that! ;)

Sean [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

... I should have kissed her.... means.. they didn't and they wished they would have. The comic is saying that far more people regret NOT kissing someone.

schlub [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

It's like the saying "It's better to regret something that you did do than to regret something that you didn't do"

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Jeez...it's really not that confusing, people!

Eahiv [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

I'm confused.

mico [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

This conversation strikes me as funny because as an english teacher in Brazil, I have ot teach these modal verbs, should, would, could to my students, but I never thought that native speakers could get mixed up with them too...

;)

Land [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here] Schlub

that line is in a red hot chili peppers song, "Deep Kick" it came on randomly in my itunes as i was looking at this page. funny huh. i think its sometimes better to act without thinking, than not act at all. of course it can get us into trouble, but thats life tho, you gotta take chances.

dfantasy [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

i should have kissed him OR her = 11,200,000

i should not have kissed him OR her = 4,140,000
i shouldnt have kissed him OR her = 641,000
i should'nt have kissed him OR her = 10,400
i shouldn't have kissed him OR her = 3,330,000

thus should not = 4m + 0.6m + 0.01m + 3.3m = 8,121,400

RESULT – more people regret kissing they did than not kissing someone they didn't but the difference is not as huge as the graph suggests...

11m v 8m ~ 1.4

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