[Ads-l] "Only?!"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 4 11:41:34 UTC 2015


Not only do I vote for irony, I proudly acknowledge that I use the word
ironically all the time.

My small contribution to semantic devolution.

JL

On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 11:53 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU wrote
> > I vote for irony.
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> Cf. the "ten o'clock scholar."
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> On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 10:59 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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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:
> > >=20
> > > "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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