TrendSegments: So You're Telling Me There's a Chance!


As regular Trendlines readers know, we are obsessed with precision. Unfortunately, language is filled with imprecision. If everyone says they are probably coming to my dinner party, how much charcuterie do I buy? Not to worry, we have some numbers to help estimate the size of your next soiree.


Turns out, definitely does not mean definitely. Although it has the best odds of being true, definitely is only perceived as a 100% guarantee that something will happen for about half of Americans. The next time you host a party, best to ask potential guests to include a percentage of the likelihood they will attend on the RSVP. The worst parties are those that run dry on charcuterie.