What does this phrase mean and when do you use it "I hope you’re having a two-coffee (versus a four-coffee) day"



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    There isn’t a set meaning. It could be a stern admonishment to limit caffeine intake or a friendly wish for a day that doesn’t require so much artificial stimulation to get through. It depends on a lot more than the words spoken.
    – Lawrence
    Mar 19, 2020 at 12:12
  • I would be baffled by that greeting. Note that it needed a parenthesised explanation, and is far too elaborate. It could mean that I didn't have time for my normal 4 coffees, or that I needed more than my normal 2 coffees. Usually, we say something rhetorical like "How are you?" Mar 19, 2020 at 12:31
  • 2 coffees are the oft-prescribed beverage to produce a healthy bowel movement for many middle-aged OCD sufferers..:-) Mar 19, 2020 at 19:21

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The quote by George Jung, sounds fine. However be aware that Jung was a notorious drug smuggler in his early years, and the inspiration for the movie "Blow".

I do like the first sentence if left to stand alone. (May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face.)

“May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.”

― George Jung, Blow by Blow

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