Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,
Ovid
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Meaning

Just out of curiosity, how would you interpret the meaning of the following two sentences?

The chicken is ready to eat.
The children are ready to eat.

I understood their "meaning" the first time I read them. Then I realized their meanings are rather contradictory. Language is such a fascinating thing.

(If you're a Perl programmer, those sentences are examples that Larry Wall used to explain multi-method dispatch in the context of natural language.)
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