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    wowenglish1 is offline Senior Member
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    Default an even number of socks in a load of laundry

    I would like to know the meaning of the next sentence.
    Now I'd settle for coming out with an even number of socks in a load of laundry.


    When I was a little girl, I used to dream I'd be the first woman on the moon.
    Then later I thought I might want to make great scientific discoveries.
    It's amazing how your goals change over the years.
    Now I'd settle for coming out with an even number of socks in a load of laundry.

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    Default Re: an even number of socks in a load of laundry

    Socks have the lamentable tendency to get dispaired (is there a more common word for it?) and disappear, which makes coming out with an even number of socks in a load of laundry quite a feat.

    The person used to have big ambitions and is now amazed at how it has changed. She'd just be happy if her socks stayed paired -- she does not want to land on the Moon anymore.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 30-Mar-2011 at 23:33.

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    Default Re: an even number of socks in a load of laundry

    The above is correct.


    I'll just add that socks mysteriously disappearing in washing machines is a common joke, at least in North America. People like to humorously speculate on what happens in the washing machine -- black holes, etc.

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    Default Re: an even number of socks in a load of laundry

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post

    I'll just add that socks mysteriously disappearing in washing machines is a common joke, at least in North America.
    . . .and everywhere else in the world.

    Rover

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    Default Re: an even number of socks in a load of laundry

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    . . .and everywhere else in the world.
    ...where they wear socks.

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    Default Re: an even number of socks in a load of laundry

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    ...where they wear socks.
    ... and have washing machines.

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    Default Re: an even number of socks in a load of laundry

    not taecher

    Its just a comment about getting older - lowered expectations - with a bit of a wry twist. )

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