disclaimer inclusiveness

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 17 13:49:09 UTC 2011


So what if one of the few side effects may be "death," as is
occasionally the case? Ask your doctor about it!


On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> At 11/16/2011 09:52 PM, Neal Whitman wrote:
>>I also find it strange in those commercials when they say "X is
>>associated with few [not "a few"] side effects, including ..."
> Here I suspect "with few side effects" is intended to sound like
> fewer than "with a few side effects".  Something with "a few side
> effects" sounds dangerous.
> Joel
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