Jimi Hendrix’s classic “If 6 Was 9” was written before the dawn of the Internet. One way to deduce this is by using the Internet to look up when the song was recorded and released, which was 1967.
Another tell, though, lies in the grammar. It’s the “was,” man. It should be “were,” although maybe the freewheeling ‘60s weren’t the best time for the subjunctive case. Regardless, it definitely should be subjunctive, which is something the Internet would have pointed out with gusto.
In the words of Grammar Girl over at “Quick and Dirty Tips”: “Believe it or not, verbs have moods just like you do. Yes, before the Internet and before emoji, somebody already thought it was important to communicate moods. So, like many other languages, English has verbs with moods ranging from commanding to questioning and beyond. The mood of the verb ‘to be’ when you use the phrase ‘I were’ is called the subjunctive mood, and you use it when you’re talking about something that isn’t true or you’re being wishful.”
Jimi was only wishing that six were nine, but that isn’t true and he really should have gone with a different mood, as it’s always important to set the right mood. On the other hand, it’s also important to confuse the hell out of people.
I’ll never do that ever again, I lied.
— Juliet Actually (@julietactually) September 20, 2016
The great ones, like Jimi, always did break the rules.
[neatly lettered sign on my office door] I am too important to follow company policy.
— Annie Hatfield (@HatfieldAnne) September 19, 2016
Aren’t these from the lyrics of “Purple Haze?”
Me: In our own way, aren’t we all still searching for a missing fisherman?Him: Ma’am, please leave Red Lobster.
— Agatha Crispie (@agathagotstoned) September 22, 2016
White-collar conservative flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me.
first of all, how dare yousecond of all, you’re right
— Oz9 (@lucidchemistry) April 15, 2014
Wave your freak flag high.
I’ve worked at my job for 7 years & my boss still hasn’t noticed that I only give Magic 8-Ball responses to all of his questions.&
mdash; antisocialsocialist (@gobmentcheese) October 22, 2015
Maybe this guy isn’t a doctor at all. Maybe he’s just an aging flower child.
Me: My neighbor who’s a doctor said it’s healthy to sleep nudeFriend: What type of dr?Me: Optometrist I guess. He has lots of binoculars
— Marlebean (@Marlebean) September 21, 2016
Or maybe it’s this guy.
I’m watching my neighbor through the blinds, he’s so creepy
— Jacob Swift (@Jacob_Swift16) August 19, 2016
Dig, ‘cause you got your own world to live through.
You might be shocked that at the lowest point in my life I had no less than 7 body pillows as “nighttime companions”.
— Sadie Smith 2.0 (@SadieSkyNinja) September 28, 2016
Maybe you just need more pillows.
began the powering up and evolution process now I’m all pumped up like the goddess Kali after a night of eradicating fiends galore
— taffy bennington (@singwithTaffy) September 22, 2016
I don’t, but there’s this guy named Joe you might want to ask. He’s going somewhere with a gun in his hand and shouldn’t be hard to spot.
I am bored. Anyone need anything avenged?
— ☆ Petote ☆ (@Petote) July 12, 2013
“I wish I was a catfish, swimming in the deep blue sea.”
[Jaws 5]Shia LaBeouf: Wait, is that a real shark?Spielberg: ACTION!!
— Benny Dazzle (@withanewname) September 15, 2016
Jeez. Have you ever been experienced?
I fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is “Never get into a battle with cling wrap when a ceiling fan is on
“— Wendy S. (@maughammom) September 15, 2016
You know what they say about castles made of sand. They fall into the sea, eventually.
Foreplay eww gross I thought you said swordplay, go away.
— Katrina (@EyeSeeYou619) September 21, 2016
Father, there was a red house over ‘yonder.
I don’t think I’ll be on my death bed long enough to get through everything I need to confess.
— Northern Lights (@PinkCamoTO) September 24, 2016
Rainy day, dream away.
Procure me change for a ten in individual units, good sir. For this evening it is rain I endeavor to make.
— Creed (@novicefather) September 15, 2016
The ’60s were a different time, man.
Maybe the Giving Tree isn’t really about a tree that gives all it has to a boy. Maybe it’s really about a crazy boy that talks to a tree.
— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) September 23, 2016
Crosstown traffic makes it so hard for them to get through to one another.
My kid’s sock drawer is like a junior high dance.Awkward singles all over the place. No pairs in sight.
— Walking Outside (@WalkingOutside) September 15, 2016
Some dude takes the mic at Woodstock, “I have an announcement to make. Don’t go for the greens that has leaves in groups of three.”
wife: this salad is amazingme: [covered in poison ivy] I used fresh herbs from our garden wife: [spits out food] we don’t have a garden
— paperwarsh© (@PaperWash) September 21, 2016
I have only one burning desire…
Me: I’ll take Complete The Phrase for $1000.Alex Trebek: If you love someone, you should set them…Me: What is “on fire”, Alex.
— Bianca LaVagina (@AnitaHelmet) October 31, 2014
This one’s a highway chile, yeah.
Every lady on earth: You are an 11/10Me: Listen, compliments will not gain you access to my state of the art Hot Wheels™ race track
— Termi-Nate-Or (@natechartier1) June 25, 2016
You can find her along the watchtower.
If I die without ever having been part of a shadowy organisation, my life is a failure.
— Cam (@GinAndJif) September 18, 2016
But he could also stand up next to a mountain and chop it down with the edge of his hand.
*Deathbed confessions*The man you’ve called your father your whole life…He actually owned a fanny pack when I met him.I’m so sorry.
— That Girl (@myonlymizztake) September 24, 2016
Nah, you have to have freedom to live.
Life Lesson #326: Never throw a Superball at the floor in a fit of rage unless you are wearing protective headgear and safety goggles
— Sarah (est. 1975) (@est1975blog) August 31, 2016
When the doctor picked up all the pieces to make an island, he discovered they were actually chocolate.
“Cookie” is the name of the scientist who created him. It’s Cookie’s Monster, not “Cookie Monster”. Read a book sometime.
— Lord Pinky (@HiddenPinky) June 26, 2014
Don’t stop. Soon she’ll be hypnotized by your gypsy eyes.
[on a date]Me: so how bout *seductively takes a bite of an orange* we go to my placeDate: you’re supposed to peel that first
— FRO VO (@fro_vo) September 21, 2016
So is it Mary, then?
[After showering w/organic soap sample given to me by street vendor]Please call me by my Earth name which is *makes sound of wind blowing*
— Ygrene (@Ygrene) September 25, 2016
Yeah, but she got to walk through the clouds with a circus mind that was running wild.
i bet kites have never fully forgiven ben franklin for flying one of their family members into a bunch of lightning
— Turd Ferguson (@generaldietz) September 21, 2016
Get your mind together and come across to me. We’ll hold hands and then we’ll watch the sun rise from the bottom of the sea.
*Giving TED talk*Me: *points at guy* sir, reach under your chair!*he does and a mousetrap snaps*Me: trust no one*audience claps*
— Le Bear Girdle (@LeBearGirdle) September 22, 2016
Look, there’s no reason to scream and cry that your little world won’t let go.
[pet store]Um hi can I have 4 turtles & 1 ratClerk: hah trying to make ur own ninja turtles dudeMe:*hiding miniature sai and katana* n no
— Rollman (@Rollmaninoz) August 14, 2015
Maybe now you can’t hear them, but you will if you just take my hand.
“Do I hear the pitter patter of tiny feet?”That’s right. I tied a badger to your desk.
— mo (@chuuew) June 22, 2015
His yellow, in this case, is not so mellow.
*it appears I’ve been shot, but when my partner rushes to my side I pull an overcooked Eggo waffle out of my pocket that stopped the bullet*
— Caetano Bravo (@cbdoubleu) September 23, 2016
The businessman is back, pointing his finger, but this time it’s about a great deal.
Walk up in da club like “Who would like to learn more about some great timeshare opportunities?!”
— Chimney Spotter (@chimneyspotter) September 23, 2016
There goes Ezy Rider again, claiming the wind takes him higher.
I recently broke several world records, and was immediately asked to pay for the damage.
— NoKids3Money (@VanGobot) September 8, 2016
But I don’t know where you come from or if you’re a devil in disguise.
You’ve disturbed me.Do it again.
— Fickle_Filly (@Fickle_Filly) August 14, 2016
Live for tomorrow, don’t live for today.
I’ve done things in my life that will prevent my great grandchildren from running for president.
— Mom, Frazzled (@C_tothe_I) February 8, 2015
There was nothing left to meet him but the velvet moon.
[future] [no dads, just clones]A man finds sandals and cargo shorts in a house. He puts them on. He awakens old magic. He *must* BBQ.
— Nictitating Manbrain (@robotmouthfarts) September 17, 2016
You jump in front of my car, when you know all the time, 90 miles an hour, girl, is the speed I drive.
*Princess waves and blows kisses to stopped traffic while crossing in the crosswalk
— Olive Ann Batman (@offbeatoliv) September 14, 2016
You got a new fool, hah! I like it like that.
I once spent six years backpacking through each circle of hell just to kiss lucifer on the lips.
— krispy (@krispythehuman) September 26, 2016
That’s all she ever thinks about, riding with the wind.
Can’t, getting carried away.
— Mrs Fancy Pants (@MrsFancyPants77) September 29, 2016
The moon did burn fire red on the night that I was born.
I’m sorry I can’t make it. That’s the night of the harvest moon & I need to sacrifice an innocent in honor of Azazel.
— Kris V (@krisv_723) September 26, 2016
They have you to see them through.
Yeah, I enjoy bird watching. But like in a young, hip way.
— Rachel Noise (@Rachelnoise) September 27, 2016
If you need me or just wanna bleed me.
[Me, watching my murderer wipe down everything as I’m dying]: “Oh, you don’t have to do that, don’t worry about it.”
— ShesARealGenius (@ShesARealGenius) September 29, 2016
Outside in the cold distance a wildcat did growl.
[My Funeral]”He died doing what he loved… saying ‘He’s more scared of us than we are of him’ as he attempted to intimidate a grizzly bear.”
— The Pan-Midwesterner (@panmidwest) September 7, 2016
Two riders were approaching and the wind began to howl.
Wanted: Someone to scratch my scalp really thoroughly, like, really get in there. No weirdos.
— Jess (@jessokfine) September 14, 2016
Stone free to ride the breeze.
Stop throwing stones and start a wicked cool rock collection.
— Unwarranted (@_Aynne_) September 27, 2016
Although your world wonders me with your majestic superior cackling hen.
You know what they say about history, can’t live with it, can’t erase it without a trace unless you know the right incantation
— Cynthia (@Super_Cynthia) August 31, 2016
Meanwhile, Dolly Dagger drinks her blood from a jagged edge.
Nothing screams more masculinity, heroism, and sex appeal than a Magic Flute. ~Mozart, probably
— ThisOneSays (@ThisOneSayz) September 21, 2016
Go very, very far away. It’ll take about a day if we travel by my dragonfly.
Being emotionally vulnerable isn’t the scariest thing ever. A clown about to throw a bag of angry wasps at you is.
— Dollface Me (@dollfaceiam) June 6, 2016
Once there, we’ll return to the question. What if six really did turn out to be nine? Would you mind? I won’t mind. But if all the mountains fell into the sea, that wouldn’t be cool. That wouldn’t be cool at all. Except for the fact that it was me who stood up next them and chopped them down into the sea. I did take time to pick up all the pieces and raise an island, but as to the sand, I never raised it. I never raised any of it.
What if after all these years I am, in fact, cruisin for a bruising
— majesticminge (@majesticminge) September 24, 2016