Bitch on the Blog

February 13, 2014


Filed under: Errors — bitchontheblog @ 09:38

It’s not even ten in the morning and I already have an unanswerable question:

Why are people, often, not capable of asking the RIGHT question if they expect an answer?

Irritated yours,




  1. First, “expect” implies that you truly see the motivation of the questioner and can distinguish a rhetorical question in which an answer is certainly not expected. Can you really be so sure? For example, “what happened to my wallet?” being asked in a restaurant might mean that the questioner would appreciate some help locating his wallet, but it might also be a rhetorical question regarding the state of the nation’s tax regime.

    Second, we must worry about what the meaning of “RIGHT” question is. Is that upRIGHT, as in the French drive on the RIGHT side of the road? Or perhaps we are speaking of a sarcastic, “RIGHT, uh huh” sort of question which, unlike the rhetorical questions above, genuinely expects an answer.

    I have to go to work soon, but will no doubt be stewing on this question for the rest of the day, since clearly this is the sort of question that warrants a long winded answer.

    Comment by Looney — February 13, 2014 @ 13:58 | Reply

    • Yes, please, Looney. Do stew – all day long. It’s vexed me many a time: How to ask the right question to get the right answer. Can’t remember who planted that thought in my head. It’s a good thought. Still, not all thoughts are worth it. Maybe that’s why I like those questions you mention, the rhetorical ones. They are not as labour intensive as real ones, if (often and amusingly) sarcastic.

      I wish life were perfect. Then we could all breathe a sigh of relief and lie down. In peace. Other than that: People do run after me with my wallet. Particularly when it’s empty.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — February 13, 2014 @ 14:35 | Reply

  2. If life were perfect what price the pedlers of all those religious myths?

    No idea if that is the RIGHT question or not…

    I’m constantly reminded that, among all the other tings that I do not do right, I often do not frame question questions right…… and please I know the my grammar is not right.

    Comment by magpie11 — February 13, 2014 @ 20:43 | Reply

  3. I hope Looney added garlic and a spud or two to his stew. As to the right question, I suspect most people spend far too much time stuck on dumb and only seek an answwer that is supportive of their preconceived notion of what that answer should be. For example, Why is there air?

    Comment by Chuck McConvey — February 14, 2014 @ 17:40 | Reply

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