We have gotten increasingly accustomed to knowing how long we are going to have to wait for things.
Call customer service, and you’ll know there are four people ahead of you with a wait time of approximately 3 minutes.
Get in line at Space Mountain, and anticipate a wait time of 20 minutes from “this point in line.”
Order “The Girl Who Played with Fire” from amazon.com, and receive several emails predicting when your book will arrive.
That’s why I was surprised (and amused) when, upon powering up my office copier Sunday, it told me this:
Our copier is a realist with good grammar (it’s really easy to confuse “a while” and “awhile”)!
Honesty and good grammar: two things that are difficult to duplicate.