[Ads-l] chickens and chainsaws, you got a problem with that? (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 27 20:26:51 EDT 2019


Here is the rough interpretation of the phrase I employed while
searching for a match (others may differ):

Person A describes a state of affairs.
Person A says to person B. "You got a problem with that?"

Interpretation: Person A believes that the state of affairs is
acceptable. Person A is challenging person B. If person B is unhappy
with the state of affairs and signals that unhappiness then a conflict
will ensue.

Typically, person A holds a position of dominance over person B, and
the question is rhetorical

Garson

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 8:08 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Still not "You got a problem ['worthless objection'] with that?"
>
> JL
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> On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 6:50 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY CCDC
> AVMC (USA) <0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:
>
> > CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
> >
> > _Marieta [GA] Journal_ 16 Feb 1975, p 6 col 3
> >
> > "'We've got a problem with that,' Keenum said."
> >
> >
> >
> > CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
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