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Re: "Barely but booleanly"

From:Kelly Alioth Drinkwater <mizunomi@...>
Date:Monday, June 9, 2008, 16:19
Really? Uh oh. How about "I know any Chinese vocabulary"?

On 6/9/08, <MorphemeAddict@...> wrote:
> In a message dated 6/8/2008 19:20:26 PM Central Daylight Time, > > mizunomi@GMAIL.COM writes: > > > > I use positive "any" for this, eg. "I know anything about string > > theory" -- meaning that I know a tiny little bit about string theory, > > but not much. The only problem I can see with this strategy is that "I > > know anything about string theory" could also be parsed as "I know > > absolutely everything about string theory", parallel with eg. "I can > > do anything!". But I've never had anyone interpret it the wrong way, > > > > > I, for one, interpreted it the way you didn't intend it, and don't think it > can be used the way you want. Do you have any other examples? > > stevo </HTML> >


Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>