Friday, April 07, 2017

When People Use Different Dictionaries



Person A: "I am in favor of that" means "I strongly favor that. Period. No reservations."

Person B:  "I am in favor of that" means "I favor it at the moment but I'm likely to switch if I hear a reasonable alternative."

Person C:  "I am in favor of that" means "I favor that because an ally favors that (or an adversary opposes it) and not because I personally have any affection for that particular action."

Person D:  "I am in favor of that" means "I am in favor of that but I will say or do nothing else to support it."

Person E:  "I am in favor of that" means "I am in favor of what I think that is but I know so little of the subject that my support means little."

Person F:  "I am in favor of that" means "Nothing because I only said that to make you feel good."

Person G:  "I am in favor of that" means "I favor it in general but seldom when it comes to specifics."

Person H:  "I am in favor of that" means "I favor that in public but never in private" or the opposite.

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