#SOL22: Delays

A delay …

School is delayed due to snow.

A delay of game penalty is assessed for the (insert football team’s name).

Traffic is delayed due to an accident.

Construction delays were due to inclement weather.

Regular programming is delayed because a previous show ran past time.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

What is a delay?



Last week there were three delays in a sporting event that began at 6 pm. The delays were lightning delays – mandatory 30-minute delays. Three. Lightning. Delays.

The first delay was relatively easy. I found things to occupy myself. Little things to fill time including starting a couple of slices to have some “slices” on deck. I wasn’t watching the clock or really worrying about the time.

But the second delay seemed to drag. I was basically done for the day. “Did I want to see the ending?” “Was it really going to matter?” I began thinking about previous delays. One night during a high school football game we had several lightning delays. I couldn’t remember whether the game was played out to the last second or whether it was called off and the score just stood as it stood on the scoreboard.

I did catch up on some reading when we went into the third delay. I had also reduced the volume just in case I needed to inspect the insides of my eyelids.

The outcome? A win

Length of the game? 7 hours

What “delays” were you picturing as you read this? What other words that can be both nouns and verbs do you use interchangeably?


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2 responses

  1. I loved your exploration of the different uses for the word delay. Wow! 7 hours. That is a long time, but I guess worth the result.

    1. It was an incredibly long time!

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