• March 14th, 2016

The Use and Abuse of Language

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Reading materials are attached.

Assignment:

Directions: Each sentence or passage below is ambiguous: it has at least two distinct meanings. Write down two distinct meanings (= a and b). Make sure the sentences you use as your answers are sufficiently distinct from each other and are not themselves as ambiguous as the original sentence. Also make sure that they do not repeat the type of ambiguity exhibited by the original.

 

  1. [Modified from the New Testament]

Go quickly and tell his family that he and his friend are risen from the dead and they must hide.

a.

b.

  1. [Sign posted in Planet Fitness]

Intimidating and lewd behavior is prohibited.

a.

b.

 

  1. [Northeast Times]

Free fall prevention program is now available.

a.

b.

  1. [Somewhere in the assigned reading for Phil 105]

Mr. Blimp, please tell us why you are opposed to Muslim immigration.

a.

b.

  1. [I saw or heard this one somewhere]

 

The cub scout kids told the police that their Pack Leader committed unspeakable deeds. That was despicable and unfair.

a.

b.

 

  1. [I made this one up, maybe]

What did she get on her beautifully-formatted take-home final exam?

a.

b.

 

  1. [New mayor Jim Kenney]

 

We need to ensure we’re respecting the rights of anyone who may have a claim to the property as well as community members who are involved.

 

a.

 

b.

 

  1. [American Medical Association]

Doctors who are licensed to practice in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Montana are permitted to prescribe life-ending drugs (in doctor-assisted suicide cases).

 

a.

b.

 

  1. [Mr. Podolski in 8th grade home room, to me]

Please, Alan, take your seat.

a.

b.

 

  1. [High-school English exam question]

Use each of the following words in a sentence: admiration, beautiful, charismatic, and intelligent.

a.

b.

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