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It’s Raining

“I’m going to wash my car.”
“But it’s raining!”

I’m sure I’ve bore witness to hundreds of versions of that conversation in my lifetime. It’s this weird generic response that everyone seems to intuitively understand, tying together car washing and raining. I’ve never quite understood though. I think it means one of two things.

  1. Why would you wash my car right now? It’s raining out, thus the world will wash it for you.
  2. If you washed your car right now, it will get dirty again immediately because of spray from the wet roads.

I guess it doesn’t matter too much because the result of “don’t do it.” is the same. But I wish I knew which one people meant. I’ve asked before, but it’s not really worth the weird looks.