Right Thing

Right Thing

That which is *compellingly* the correct or appropriate thing to use, do, say, etc. Always capitalised, always emphasised in speech as though capitalised. Use of this term often implies that in fact reasonable people may disagree. "What's the Right Thing for Lisp to do when it sees "(mod a 0)"? Should it return "a", or give a divide-by-0 error?"

Opposite: Wrong Thing.
References in classic literature ?
This riding," she began; "it's not what they call the right thing.
He always admires the right thing whatever the right thing is, and one of these days he's going to write a great work.
Jurgis had always been a member of the church, because it was the right thing to be, but the church had never touched him, he left all that for the women.
Alice looked all round her at the flowers and the blades of grass, but she did not see anything that looked like the right thing to eat or drink under the circumstances.
And my husband and me desire to do the right thing, sir," she added, looking at Mr.
With the best intentions to do the right thing, he always managed to do the wrong one.
That's what you must do, Master Marner, if you'd do the right thing by the orphin child.
My going WOULD seem the right thing, and on Sunday I was terribly near it.
Now, if he does not say the right thing to them we are all done for,' said the Russian at my elbow.
No, not yet, Bruno," I said: "we must consider what's the right thing to do first.
She had an instinctive sense of what was pleasing and proper, always said the right thing to the right person, did just what suited the time and place, and was so self-possessed that her sisters used to say, "If Amy went to court without any rehearsal beforehand, she'd know exactly what to do.
Evidently she was always going to understand; she was always going to say the right thing.