So many phrases in the English language can be turned around to mean something totally different.
Context is so important.
In Toishanese (the dialect of Chinese I speak), playing with words and tones is very common. It has contributed to my love of words and word play.
A couple of weeks ago, after leaving in the wee morning before the kids were up, I thought, “The last thing I want to do is kiss and hold my kids.”
The phrase “the last thing I want to do” is usually coupled with something bad. Most of the time, it is used to say that thing I hate to do, I’m going to leave it until last.
But what is the very last thing you’d want to do, as in the thing you’d want to do one last time before you to leave this world forever?
Perhaps the last thing we want to do can inform us of what we actually want to do.
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