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Re^5: poll ideas quest 2015

by jdporter (Canon)
on May 19, 2015 at 14:42 UTC ( #1127135=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: poll ideas quest 2015
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Well, you're right -- it would not make much sense to say "I figuratively died laughing!", despite the fact that figuratively is exactly how the speaker is using the word "died". Even so, a careful speaker might say:

I died laughing (figuratively speaking).

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Re^6: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on May 19, 2015 at 16:59 UTC

    I died laughing (figuratively speaking).

    But, as parenthesis are not vocalized, that would come mean that he died while speaking in figures. And you thought you had math problems. :)

      You mean if it was said verbally? Somehow I don't think that would be a problem in reality; people use tone of voice -- which, incidentally, is hard to capture in writing. :-)

        You mean if it was said verbally?

        "Say", especially when italicized and within context of people speaking, seems to say that. :)

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