Maybe Mary Berry’s Baps

I’m more guilty than most of using the word “maybe” a lot.  I use it in prose to infer suggestion of something that may or may not be happening.  Due to its ambiguity, I do like to think that I don’t use it too often for the purpose of answering a question.

The ambiguity is the most useful and most useless part of the word “maybe”.  It can keep options open, so when you’re invited to post work drinks but would rather crash on the sofa with a cup of tea and Bake Off (gutted that that’s been delayed) then you can.  Because of how instant modern communication is, decisions can be later and later depending on how you feel at the time.

To someone who is hearing it, however, it makes things complicated.  You don’t know whether something is or is not happening.  Needing to know and certainty is something that I’m pretty concerned about in things that are generally more important than drinks or Mary Berry‘s baps, though.

I am one of the most risk averse people I know and I’ll usually make decisions on the facts that I do know rather than possibility.  This is something that won’t let me down a lot of the time, but sometimes not letting some “maybe” in to my life has probably cost me.

Of course, if you are like me, the word “maybe” doesn’t make things more complicated at all because it always means “no”!  The respondent to my invitation is simply trying to be nice even when I know that I’ll make different plans for the afternoon rather than going to see a real life Minion.

I’ve seen numerous times those Facebook party invites with “Going”, “Not Going” or “Maybe” options, where the latter two both mean “no”.

I think it’s an unfortunate repercussion, again, of how we choose to communicate nowadays that “maybe” actually comes with lack of guilt.  The sincerity of the answer can actually be some way from the word’s original etymology of combining the two words “may” and “be” to indicate that there is a possibility of either outcome.

Maybe I’m just too much of a pessimist!

If I had one single wish,
I’d go back to the moment I kissed
You goodbye
No matter how hard I try,
I can’t live without you in my life

Maybe you’ll say you still want me
Maybe you’ll say that you don’t
Maybe we said it was over
Baby, I can’t let you go

I walk around try to understand
Where we were wrong and I can’t pretend
It wasn’t me, it wasn’t you
But I’m convinced we gave up too soon

Maybe you’ll say you still want me
Maybe you’ll say that you don’t
Maybe we said it was over
Baby, I can’t let you go

Nothing left to lose after losing you
There’s nothing I can take
When I run to you, when I come for you
Don’t tell me I’m too late

Maybe you’ll say you still want me
Maybe you’ll say that you don’t
Maybe we said it was over
Baby, I can’t let you go

(Maybe you’ll say you still want me)
(Maybe you’ll say that you don’t)
(Maybe we say it was over)
Can’t let you go
(Baby I can’t let you go)
Can’t let you go
(Maybe we said it was over)
Can’t let you go
(Baby I can’t let you go)
Can’t let you go

Maybe by Mr Anna Kournikova

 

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