Talk:2158: Qualifiers

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I'm not entirely sure he's "run out of" qualifiers after 20 minutes per se. It may just be that he has finally decided what he wanted to say was "hi" and he otherwise may have still gone on with additional qualifiers (potentially even repeating some of them since there is no indication that they must be unique). 16:49, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

I agree. Given the punch line of the main comic, the message "hi" is probably just the first applicable message Cueball came up with. Don't get me wrong, hear me out on this, I know everything is subjective, I'm not an expert or anything, correct me if I'm mistaken, anything is possible, I've been wrong before, Lord only knows, life is funny, your mileage may vary, I can't believe I'm saying this, it's just an impression I get, it could be any other explanation, maybe the jury is still out on this, but I don't think there's any practical limitation to gratuitous preamble or equivocation. I think when it's done professionally that's called politics.
ProphetZarquon (talk) 01:30, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
When has a politician ever said "correct me if I'm mistaken" or "I've been wrong before"..? 15:03, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
In my experience, politicians seem to prefer phrases such as "I am not a scientist, ~" or "You'll have to ask [Person\s] about [specifics], but ~". ProphetZarquon (talk) 22:27, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
Hi, I just wanted to say, apropos of nothing, probably, that, IMO (YMMV!) and FYI, there's not necessarily even that much content in the "Hi", either. 14:50, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
It’s been three years and he used “but” twice. But, like, what I was gonna say was, well, so, now, I gotta know…TenGolf MathHacker (talk) 20:05, 15 November 2023 (UTC)

"although it actually fits in White Hat's unusual mentality." I disagree. All of the xkcd figures usually think a little outside the box; that's why it's funny. I haven't seen anything anywhere suggesting that White Hat is the type to listen endlessly either. Thoughts? That's right, Jacky720 just signed this (talk | contribs) 20:46, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

Aren't all white hats rule-obsessed compulsives with completion fixation?
ProphetZarquon (talk) 01:30, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

I removed the "good" from in front of patience because, well, when is patience a bad thing? Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 11:42, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

The word you are looking for is hesitation. Still agree, that the good in that place was not needed. --Lupo (talk) 11:52, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
If White Hat was delayed for 20 minutes in getting to an appointment to operate a food line for the homeless, then maybe his patience in this particular case was not as good. But in general patience is a virtue.... but just WHERE IS the next XKCD already?! -boB (talk) 15:52, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Thinking further about this comic (while waiting for today's new comic...), it seems to be another in a long series of comics from Randall about social awkwardness. I have experienced this before myself, and it's not easy to admit to someone that you forgot what you wanted to say. In this situation, it would probably be better to just tell the other person that you lost your train of thought, apologize, laugh a little, then move on. However, in this case Cueball seems reluctant to admit that he forgot what he was going to say and would rather yammer on with random qualifiers instead, waiting for something else to say. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 16:38, 5 June 2019 (UTC)