Unless and until
|Towards more picturesque speech™
- “Until X” means “at any time up to the point at which X happens”.
- “Unless X” means “except if X has happened”.
At the point in time at which X happens, then X must have happened. Q.E.D.
To put it in a way which noted legal commentator Professor Leonard Kravitz might recognise:
“It ain’t happened ’til it’s happened.”
But don’t let that stream of irresistible logic stop you flannelling away to your heart’s content.
- Learned author of the celebrated monograph “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over”.