[Ads-l] to truth-tell

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 1 22:13:32 EST 2020


> On Dec 1, 2020, at 9:54 PM, Mark Mandel <markamandel at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> As an antonym to "lie", it fills a gap rather usefully IMHO.
> 
> MAM

Although if we stick to the transitive verb construction (as I suspect JL would have us do), we have the nice minimal pair:
"to tell *the* truth” vs. “to tell *a* lie”
—lots of alternatives to the truth, but no alternative truths (or facts)

LH



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> On Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 1:47 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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>> Jacquellne Alemany,  WaPo, on CNN's "REliable Sources" just now.
>> 
>> "It's so important to talk about the virus and emphasize that it is real
>> and truth-tell about it."
>> 
>> JL
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>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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