[Ads-l] disclaimer

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 26 10:49:41 EDT 2017

> On Jun 26, 2017, at 9:59 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 'A notice, as at the beginning or end of a motion picture.'
> Marlow Stern, at_The Daily Beast_, Sept. 6, 2014:
> "The film... bears the disclaimer 'based on actual events.'"
> http://www.thedailybeast.com/ethan-hawkes-good-kill-a-searing-indictment-of-americas-drone-warfare-obsession
> I suppose that could be interpreted as a disavowal of the (correct)
> assumption that the movie is mostly fiction, but it sounds more like an
> endorsement of its level of truth.

Or a typo for the intended “The film…bears dis claimer: ‘based on actual events’”.  You don’t hear much about claimers, mostly just about disclaimers, so it’s a natural mistake.

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