Today the subject is the phrase Don't Count On It. A related phrase is Don't Count Your Chickens Until They Hatch.
What do we mean by these words? Are these math-related phrases, discussing the process of Addition? Or not? What are we trying to communicate?
I checked a variety of sources. Here's what they said:
- Do not assume it is going to happen
- Don't depend on it
- Don't depend on someone or something, especially in a difficult situation
- Wait until you see it before you believe it
- Wait for the evidence rather than jumping to a conclusion
- One of the 20 possible phrases given by a Mattel Magic 8 Ball
- A book by John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group (Read an excerpt)
- An article on the Latin American Piraha tribe who don't have numbers in their language
- Equivalent to "Let's just be friends" when said by the other person in a wanna-be romantic relationship
- Fat chance
- Keep on dreaming
- Don't hold your breath
- Not likely!
- Cha skrunee da pat (the Huttese phrase as spoken by Jabba the Hutt, in Star Wars)
- A line from Please Tell Me Why by the Dave Clark Five
- And finally, it's a puzzle that holds money but doesn't let you get to it.
This is the most enlightening definition I found, on a site aimed at people using English as a Second Language:
- Don't Count On It is almost a definite no, with a very slight chance things could be different. That chance is so small, that you would be better off saying probably not. When you say I wouldn't count on it it's another way to say you're betting the odds are 99% on no.