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Odd Truths and Misconceptions

Sometimes in life, we take the things, including the sayings we've been given, for granted. A real thinker will examine the things he has been taught to consider if all of them are true. And if some are, are there other ways of looking at things. Sometimes even a hint of humor can come from these thought manipulations.

I hurt, therefore I am alive.
I think, therefore I eat.
What goes in must go out.
No matter where I go, there I am.
I'm always wrong. But if that is so, I'm wrong in saying that, so I must be right.
He's innocent until proven guilty. Not true. He's innocent if he's innocent and he's guilty if he's guilty.

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MegL wrote on August 8, 2022, 1:19 PM

There are some very funny sayings in Northern Ireland. One I just saw someone recollecting today. They have lived in Australia for over 50 years, yet they still say "Why do people always call when you are sitting down in the middle of your meal"? Apparently they get very odd looks from Australians when they say this, yet I know exactly what they mean! The Norn Iron (Northern Ireland) response to your point number 4 would be "Well, there you are now". That phrase is so widely used that one company used it in one of their advertisements.

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VinceSummers wrote on August 8, 2022, 1:58 PM

The English language is like that. You can make any number of correctly worded sentences that have multiple interpretations. Sometimes it is only our pauses and our voice that make clear what is intended. For instance, a leper approached Jesus, saying to him, 'If you only want to, you can make me clean.' His response? 'I want to. Be made clean!' Different pausing and punctuation could be used to render this: 'I want to be made clean.'

MegL wrote on August 8, 2022, 4:22 PM

Yes, there are many such examples, as you say. Someone actually wrote a book called "Eats, shoots and leaves", which can be interpreted in a number of ways.

VinceSummers wrote on August 8, 2022, 7:58 PM

Ha ha ha ha.