“Come on” has eleven (!) different meanings?

“Come on!,” I can hear you say.

Actually, that’s definition #1 (see below); the other ten follow:

One. “I don’t believe you”; incredulous. “She never went to class, and aced the final? Come on . . .”

Two. “Hurry up”; admonishing. “The Uber will be here in 5 minutes . . . Come ON!!”

Three. “Try a little harder/you can do it!”; encouraging. The end of the trail is less than one-quarter mile — come on!”

Four. To start to happen or work. “The heating comes on at 6 a.m.”

Five. In confidence; soliciting trust: “Come on, Barb, you can tell me. I won’t tell anyone.”

Six. Sexual advance. “They’d barely gotten back to his apartment before he started coming on to her.”

Seven. Closing the gap, as in a horse race. “With just one length to go, Seabiscuit is coming on.”

Eight. Of a state or condition starting to arrive or happen; health-related. “By later that night, her cold was really coming on.

Nine. Theatre; to make an entrance on stage.

Ten. To make or show progress; develop. “My plants are coming on nicely.”

Eleven. Exclamation of displeasure; “What do you take me for?” Example: “You want to trade your bologna sandwich for my filet mignon? Come on . . .”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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