"send the wrong message"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 14 18:12:17 UTC 2011

...because it refers to "signals". If someone is confused about "mixed
signals", it's no more about "signals" than a false-flag operation is
about "flags"--in the latter case, at least not since the early 1800s.


On 10/14/2011 11:25 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> At 10/14/2011 12:56 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>> "Mixed signals" should be even more fun. The OED gives essentially the
>> literal meaning, apparently oblivious to the fact that the latter two
>> quotes are anything but literal:
> Why do you think the following definition is only literal?
> "mixed signals n. signals which (apparently) contradict each other
> (cf. mixed message n.)."
> Joel

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