At a wedding on Saturday, five minutes past the time for it to start, the minister went to the microphone and began, “I don’t wish to alarm anyone, but…” — instantaneously alarming everyone.
The rest of the sentence: “…the shuttle from the hotel has been delayed and we’re waiting for a few more people.” Uh, okay.
Two friends and I rolled our eyes and whispered back and forth with more exciting endings for that sentence.
Want to give it a try? Minister at wedding: “I don’t wish to alarm anyone, but…”