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

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

Monday, August 4, 2008
14 years ago24,831 views

More people do not regret :)
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[Anonymous] [PersonRank 4]

14 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]

14 years ago #

You've forgotten to add the alt text again!

Jak [PersonRank 0]

14 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]

14 years ago #

[put at-character here]Jak
There weren't before this comic strip was released :P [PersonRank 0]

14 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


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]

14 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]

14 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]

14 years ago #'s really not that confusing, people!

Eahiv [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I'm confused.

mico [PersonRank 0]

14 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]

14 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]

14 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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