[Ads-l] "Only?!"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 4 04:53:33 UTC 2015


Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU wrote
> I vote for irony.

Cf. the "ten o'clock scholar."

On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 10:59 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> I vote for irony.
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> LH
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> On Jan 3, 2015, at 6:08 PM, tajewell89 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."
> >=20
> > Isn't this use of "only" a bit backward? Or is there an ironic usage =
> here?
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