Here is a sentence from a space adventure game's description:

Let’s come together, build a spaceship and get started. After this cup of tea and scones, that is.

I am confused about the meaning of the last sentence. Maybe it is due to the ambiguity of the phrase "that is" here. I know its lexical meaning, but it doesn't seem to fit here.

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    Why do you think "to be specific" or 'to be precise" doesn't fit?
    – Kreiri
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 8:40
  • On a second thought, it makes sense in the sentence.
    – curious
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 9:16

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It's just being witty. Obviously we'll relax and have a cup of tea before embarking on a great adventure. So the antithesis is intentional.

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