While taking a recent social history...
Me: How much alcohol do you drink?
Patient: Barely none.
Me: Oh, OK (I was pretty sure he meant "hardly any").
After he left, however, I was still thinking about his statement a little more...
Barely:(adverb) only just, no more than, almost not, scarcely
None:(pronoun) not one, not any
Putting the two definitions together-only just not one, only just not any, no more than not one, no more than not any, almost not not one, almost not not any, scarcely not one, scarcely not any
You think I have too much free time on my hands?
Actually I don't.
I probably need to get some therapy to keep me from over analyzing things that are said.
Can anyone out there help?