I am the Sears Catalog

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed Jun 7 02:07:02 UTC 2000

In a message dated 6/6/2000 8:43:11 PM, gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM writes:

<< Again, my earlier posts were not intended to be inflammatory, and I

apologize if they appeared that way. >>

Goodness no--this has been a most amusing and enlightening (and polite)
discussion, as far as I am concerned--enlightening because it makes it so
very clear how great is the roll of context in the interpretation of
utterances--including the mental state of the hearer.

I suspect if John Kennedy had been dressed as a sweet roll he would have been
understood differently.

I wonder if Benjamin Barrett is willing to concede that he might just also
possibly have simply assumed that the speaker made a slip of the tongue? I'm
certainly willing to concede that--because THE PAPER is idiomatic for
'today's newspaper'--I would at least have considered that as a possibility
(though, again, I would have ruled it out, I think, on the grounds that I did
not have a newspaper and that people do not ask for newspapers under such
circumstances--though they might well need to ask for toilet tissue).

Now what if the speaker had said, "Do you have the catalog"?

Perhaps I should make it clear that by a mistake in "grammar" I meant simply
a mistake in the use of the determiner, i.e., the use of THE instead of ANY.

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