Violate a maxim--without damaging a relationship!--and let us know how it went.
Friday, January 31, 2014
|Harvard Psychology Professor Steven Pinker|
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And click here to read a whole lot more about conversational implicature.
Posted by Steve Benton at 12:43 PM
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Can anyone make a case for the value of this way of communicating with someone, described here as British politeness? Would the world be a better place if we all just said exactly what we mean? (Stay tuned for Steven Pinker's views on this question.)
Posted by Steve Benton at 9:46 AM
Thanks for sending this in, Tori.
Although I'm an SNL fan, I'm a "Wh-" snob, and Mr. Samberg blows it by pronouncing "will" and "weird" and at least one other "w" word with a "wh" sound. It did not get past me. In short, he is clearly a "wh" faker, and he needs to raise his game.
"May I have one crack please?"
Posted by Steve Benton at 9:41 AM