Hi, everyone.

I was watching a sitcom and came across this phrase:" There is never a good time to do something". Could you tell me what it means?

Here is the context:

Joey: (reads the insurance expiration letter) Oh, I can’t believe this! This sucks! When I had insurance I could get hit by a bus or catch on fire, y’know? And it wouldn’t matter. Now I gotta be careful?!

Chandler: I’m sorry man, there’s never a good time to (pauses) stop catching on fire.


silak12Chandler: I’m sorry man, there’s never a good time to (pauses) stop catching on fire.

That is not what he says. He says, "I’m sorry man, there’s never a good time to have to (pauses) stop catching on fire." I couldn't make sense of it the other way.

Chandler has twisted the usual wording almost out of recognition for comic effect. Suppose a man's car gets hit in the parking lot, and he doesn't know it yet. You go to tell him, and you find him crying over a letter from his girlfriend. Now is not a good time to tell him about the car.


In that context, it means while you had the chance to do something right but you didn't, the wrong thing can happen anytime, There is never a (good) time as good as now to start planning.

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Thanks for answering. I am still confused as to the general meaning of this phrase.

Could you rephrase it?

Chandler butchered the expression to the point where you should not use it as a model. The model is what I wrote, "Now is not a good time (to tell him)." That seems so self-explanatory to me that I don't know what you want to know about it. The present moment is not a propitious moment for communicating further bad news?

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Thanks. I have got it.