- From: Bill Swears <wswears@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 07:36:30 -0800
Gerry Quinn wrote:
eh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says...What you gentlemen has said is true enough, but there are certain turns of phrase that carry two meanings. Depending on mood and sensitivity, the person reading might take either meaning.
Hal, I think you're over-reading this one.
"That may be true" may also be a qualifier on the lines of "Oh, all right then", or "nevertheless", I would say (I speak as someone who thinks this
is part of their own idiolect).
In the above, the second speaker may or may not have doubts about the quality of Blofeld's care of his feline companions - he is saying it doesn't make any difference and he wants to point out something else.
There is no implication that the first speaker is lying, although the question is left open as to whether he could be mistaken.
A writer who expects to be taken seriously on a newsgroup for writers, should be able to make most of his points unambiguously. Moreover, he should be able to ruffle feathers only when that is his intent.
Admittedly, the state of being where all discourse is lively, interesting, and where my phrases have only the meanings I intend is an end state to strive for, and not my current state of being....
Ever Inappropriate, always contrite, and now... Ironic! How cool is that?
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