1-16-08 - Power and Flexibility of Words A Language Like...

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1 Power and Flexibility of Words A Language Like English “Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.”— Confucius “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”— Rudyard Kipling
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3 Flexibility An inmate at the county prison asked to go to the infirmary. “It’s acne,” he said. “I get it whenever I come to jail.” “Let me get this straight,” I said. “Every time you come to jail, you break out?” A note on the soda machine in our break room warned “Diet cola isn’t working.” Beneath that, someone else had written “Try exercise and a low-carb diet.”
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4 Flexibility, but Ambiguous Sunshine Magazine reported that the date of the church picnic in Clarkston, Michigan was firm: Thursday afternoon. But there was a caveat. “if it rains in the afternoon, the picnic will be held in the morning.” Abundant Life Christian Counseling Services took an ad out in the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Oak Ridger welcoming its new hire, Cury Bullington. Why was the staff so excited about this latest addition? Well, according to the text, “Bullington has a deep love for hurting people.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course ENGL 100 taught by Professor Baker during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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