-ish

My friend Robert is on his way over. When we made plans for the evening, we decided that “8-ish” was a good time to meet. While showering tonight, I started thinking about what the “ish” means as far as time goes. I think “ish” covers 10 minutes before the time and up to 30 minutes after. “Ish” is a nice, loose appointment, but you don’t want to arrive too early or too late because it throws the whole system off.

For the record, he should be arriving just before 8:30 (he called while on his way). If he were to get here after 8:30, that would have required renaming the time to “8:30-ish.” Although, since he’s bringing a bottle of Glenlivet with him, he can pretty much get here whenever he wants. Ish.