Precise Correction YKTTW Discussion
When one character states a quantity, and is quickly corrected by another.
This trope can take a variety of forms, but always involves one character stating some quantity in the form of a number, and being quickly corrected by another. It can be used to establish backstory.
- Revenge of the Sith:
Anakin: "You owe me, and not for saving your skin for the tenth time."Obi-Wan: "Ninth time."
- The Lord of the Rings
Grima: "Even if [Helm's Deep] is breached, it will take a number beyond reckoning, thousands, to storm the keep."Saruman: "Tens of thousands."
- Short Circuit
Newton: "Can you believe it's been five years since I've driven?"Ben: "I would say ten."
- Transformers pilot
Spike: "Wheeljack wasn't kidding when he said it would blow up in 60 seconds!"Wheeljack: "59.99 to be exact..."
- Star Trek (2009)
Kirk: "What would you say the odds are on our gettting out of here?"Spock: "It is difficult to be precise, Captain. I should say approximately 7824.7 to one."Kirk: "Difficult to be precise? 7824 to one?"Spock: [Correcting him] "7824.7 to one."Kirk: "That's a pretty close approximation."Spock: "I endeavour to be accurate."Kirk: "You do quite well."
- It's A Terrible Life
Ed Zeddemore: "You have to burn the remains. Okay, this next part gets a little gross. Sometimes you might have to dig up the body. Sorry."Harry Spengler: "It's illegal in some states."Ed Zeddemore: "All states."Harry Spengler: "Possibly all states!"
- Uptown Girls
Ray: "You're late."Molly: "By like a second!"Ray: "Three and a half minutes."
- The Social Network
Delpy: "The site got twenty-two hundred hits within two hours?"Zuckerberg: "Thousand."Delpy: "I'm sorry?"Zuckerberg: "Twenty-two thousand."Delpy: [to herself] "Wow."