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#112958 - 09/30/03 05:27 PM Triptyc comments
maverick Offline
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I loved the quote attached with Anu's email today:

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book - I'll waste no time in reading it.
Moses Hadas, teacher and author (1900-1966)



Can anyone think of another short saying with three (or more) legitimately implied variant meanings?


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#112959 - 09/30/03 09:36 PM Re: Triptyc comments
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Let's see...how 'bout, "You are so talented--nobody can catch you at embezzling". Though I think that's only two.


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#112960 - 09/30/03 10:22 PM Re: Triptyc comments
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I think Disraeli has prior dibs on this one.

When an aspiring writer would send Disraeli an uninteresting manuscript to review, he liked to reply, "Dear Sir: I thank you for sending me a copy of your book, which I shall waste no time in reading."


From the wikipedia entry on Disraeli: http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Disraeli

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#112961 - 10/03/03 07:57 AM Re: Triptyc
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A Max-worthy pun, mav!


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#112962 - 10/03/03 08:46 AM Re: Triptyc comments
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A friend of mine who was studying semantics gave the following sentence which his class had discussed:

My hobby is destroying my friends.

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#112963 - 10/03/03 08:56 AM Re: Triptyc comments
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My hobby is destroying my friends. Whew--it took me a minute, to come up with something besides the speaker liking to destroy his friends! Yow.


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#112964 - 10/03/03 03:28 PM Re: Triptyc comments
Alex Williams Offline
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Sorry to be the dense one here, but I don't get the third meaning in "Dear Sir: I thank you for sending me a copy of your book, which I shall waste no time in reading." I see two: he will read it immediately, and he will not read it because he doesn't want to waste the time required to do so.




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#112965 - 10/03/03 03:39 PM Re: Triptyc comments
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he will read it immediately

Or the time he spends reading it will be well spent.


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#112966 - 10/04/03 10:16 AM Re: Triptyc comments
dodyskin Offline
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how about:
we saw her duck

is that what you mean?


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#112967 - 10/04/03 06:20 PM Re: Triptyc comments
maverick Offline
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That'll do, duck! And I like the other example too :) Any more? I particularly liked the sly wit of the (disputed origin) saying.


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