Fractured Syntax - Platinum Edition

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brogine
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Fractured Syntax - Platinum Edition

Postby brogine » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:57 pm

From MSNBC TV: "More Americans watch NBC News than any other news organization in the world"

A translation from the Talmud I've seen in more than one place: "Whoever saves a single life is as if one saves the entire world"

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Re: Fractured Syntax - Platinum Edition

Postby Slava » Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:32 am

What's interesting is that the meaning is clear, even though the parsing shows it shouldn't be.
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Re: Fractured Syntax - Platinum Edition

Postby brogine » Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:26 pm

Yeah, I guess meaning is generally clear in these cases. Who’d think “I could care less” means precisely that. Most people aren’t as conscious of language per se as you and I might be.
You hear quite intelligent and well-educated people on NPR and PBS make errors, sometimes even in composed text, as opposed to speaking extemporaneously.
I sometimes wonder if there are individuals who’ve never realized how ‘breakfast’ came to mean what it does.


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