[Ads-l] "Only?!"

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 4 00:34:05 UTC 2015


I think it's ironic/sarcastic.

> On Jan 3, 2015, at 18:08, tajewell89 <tajewell89 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Headline taken from LAist:
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> "It only took nine months to finish a project that was supposed to take five=
> weeks: installing a gate."
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> Isn't this use of "only" a bit backward? Or is there an ironic usage here?
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> -Tim J.
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