He who is ABSENT is always in the Wrong k

‘He who is absent is always in the wrong’ is an old German proverb. Not entirely sure what it means. That if don’t go to court, then you lose the case? Seems like that’s the way it works. Or does it mean that when something bad happens and you look around, and you see that someone is missing, that that person is the perpetrator? (Hey, George isn’t here! He did it! [sub]Here. Hold this bloody knife.[/sub])

But the title of the spam e-mail I got is ‘He who is ABSENT is always in the Wrong k’. The wrong ‘k’? What’s a ‘k’? Somehow, it sounds really profound.

Too bad I deleted it from my suspect e-mail folder without opening it. Now I may never know how to get into the rightk’.

Wrong K is a minor-league hip-hop performer. :cool:

I’ve known several guys who got elected to a tricky job the night they missed a meeting.

I worked in a lot of jobs in the factory where the previous shift was responsible for 70% of our problems.

And isn’t Special K is his learning-disabled brother?

Not only do I not know the difference between the ‘wrong k’ and the ‘right k’, but I’m completely unaware of the nature of k-ness.

Zero K = Absolute Zero. So K = EVERYTHING?

No, no, no.

Zero K = Absolute Zero. So K = undefined.

His father was a member of the 60’s R&B group the O-Kays. And his mother, Kay Charles, is a distant cousin of Ray Charles.

Maybe it’s the South Park school guidance counselor sending you spam. “He who is ABSENT is always in the wrong, m’kay?”

I’m sure it was inadvertently cut off because of the character limit on the subject line. It was supposed to read:

meaning whoever it was you were supposed to meet went to another location of the store/restaurant/coffee shop. What else could it POSSIBLY mean??

Sheesh, and I used to think Dopers were so astute…

Kelvin is °K – capital K. So I don’t think that’s it.

I can’t see myself being ‘in’ a hip-hop performer, right one or wrong one.

South Park doesn’t seem right.

K-Mart is also capitalised.

Hm. How would I know if I’m in the wrong k? If I’m absent. If I’m absent, then I’m not here. Let me think about that…

I’m not in L.A. I’m not visiting my ex-fiancée in Tennessee. I’m not in Arizona.

If I’m not in L.A., Tennessee or Arizona, then I must be somewhere else.

If I’m somewhere else, then by definition I can’t be here. Maybe I am absent; and thus, in the wrong k! But I don’t feel as if I’m in the wrong k. On the other hand, I don’t know what being in the wrong k feels like.

Now I’m worried…

I’d think it had to do with one person griping about a problem they had with another person, who is absent, and placing the blame on the person who isn’t there to defend themselves. Example, group of women talking, one married woman tells of her marital woes, and places the blame on her husband, who isn’t present, or a child blaming something on their sibling, who isn’t present. It could also fit in with the “witch hunt” phenonema too, i. e. a group of people are gathered together, complaining about the drought, and they end up blaming the elderly bedridden woman for it. It’s saying in effect to take such accusations with a grain of salt, because they might not be made if the person who is being accused were present.

Don’t worry Johnny. It’s a typo. It’s a German proverb; they clearly meant to write it with a German accent: “He who is absent is always in the wrongk.”