Ask Mar­i­lyn

Los Angeles Times - - PARADE - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween these phrases?

1. In the right place at the right time

2. In the right place at the wrong time

3. In the wrong place at the right time

4. In the wrong place at the wrong time

—An­thony C., Romeoville, Ill. Say four peo­ple are cross­ing a street. Two are in a cross­walk with the light in their fa­vor; two are jay­walk­ing. One of each is hit by a cy­clist. The un­hurt per­son in the cross­walk was in the right place at the right time; the hurt per­son was in the right place at the wrong time. The un­hurt jay­walker was in the wrong place at the right time; the hurt jay­walker was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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