Uhm. Sorry for Dutch's metaphorical-philosophical-whateverical weirdness on Friday. I wanted to tell him there's a word for expecting to get cookies at a closed checkout stand, and it isn't hope. But my human said that would be mean.
Of course she also says I got the brains and Dutch got the looks. Which I think is code for I'm a genius and Dutch isn't. Kinda mean, right? I guess when you have thumbs nobody can tell you what mean is.
Anyway. If you ask me, hope is when your pretty spotted brother with the small brain and big nose finds a shark in the grass and you hope you'll be able to eat it before your human with the slow brain and fast thumbs notices.
Hope is when your human picks up your dead shark and you hope she's not going to take it away. Maybe she just wants a closer look? Maybe she really likes dead sharks too?
Hope is not when your human throws your dead shark back into the water so nobody - including ME - can eat it. I can think of lots of words for this. Some of them have four letters like hope, but hope totally isn't one of them. Unless maybe you're Dutch.