[Ads-l] "Only?!"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 4 03:59:31 UTC 2015


I vote for irony.

LH

On Jan 3, 2015, at 6:08 PM, tajewell89 wrote:

> Headline taken from LAist:
> 
> "It only took nine months to finish a project that was supposed to take five weeks: installing a gate."
> 
> Isn't this use of "only" a bit backward? Or is there an ironic usage here?
> 
> -Tim J.
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