Theoretically vs. hypothetically
Need help settling an argument! My girlfriend and I were getting ice cream with a friend a couple of weeks ago from a popular street vendor. The line was fairly long. Long story short, we ordered our ice cream and waited for our order to be completed. She got hers first, and said, "Hypothetically, yours is next." (Because I ordered right after her.) To which I responded, "No, theoretically mine is next."
The rest, as they say, is history. She claims that "hypothetically" is the right word when talking about pending ice cream order completions, whereas I say "theoretically." We've both looked up the definitions of the words and are still sticking to our opinions.
Who is right? Please say I am; she's right about everything else, so I could really use a victory!
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