October 21st, 2008

  • rigel_7

"Times like this" and "moments like these" with examples from NCIS

tigerlilly2063 asks: Why is it "times like this", but "moments like these"? When do you use each?

"It's moments like these you need Minties…"

If you are of Antipodean extraction and grew up in the '80's, you'll have immediately recognised that expression (one of the ads from the series for the curious). Because difficult times do call for delicious mint flavoured treats to help soothe the frustrated soul.

The two phrases are actually interchangeable. It's perfectly acceptable to use "moments like this" or "times like these", it all depends on that wonderful thing called context (and your local lingo).

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