cactus as a tree?

Michael Newman michael.newman at QC.CUNY.EDU
Sun Mar 11 19:00:16 UTC 2012

Huh?  I'm afraid that porcupine and cactus tree metaphor image, whatever,  just went right over my head.
Michael Newman
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Queens College/CUNY
michael.newman at

On Mar 11, 2012, at 7:42 PM, W Brewer wrote:

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> As the baby porcupine said after backing into a cactus, Is that you Mommy?
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> Michael Newman wrote: <<isn't all this discussion really just a perfect
> example of Wittgenstein's Family Resemblance theory of word meaning?>>
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