On Mon, 25 Apr 2005 20:15:59 -0400, Stan Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Neither. I was objecting to your use of "often". Had you said >"occasionally" or "rarely" you'd have been correct.
You really need to hear the skit [below] by the comedy group "Beyond the Fringe" on a supposed discussion between Bertrand Russel and G.E. Moore to appreciate what you just said. "Often" does not imply "a majority of the time". Believe me, it is often.
**************** 'Bertrand Russell: One of the advantages of living in Great Court, Trinity, I seem to recall, was the fact that one could pop across at any time of the day or night and trap the then young G.E. Moore into a logical falsehood by means of a cunning semantic subterfuge. I recall one occasion with particular vividness. I had popped across and had knocked upon his door. Come in, he said. I decided to wait awhile in order to test the validity of his proposition. Come in, he said once again. Very well, I replied, if that is in fact truly what you wish.
I opened the door accordingly and went in, and there was Moore seated by the fire with a basket upon his knees. Moore, I said, do you have any apples in that basket? No, he replied, and smiled seraphically, as was his wont. I decided to try a different logical tack. Moore, I said, do you then have some apples in that basket? No, he replied, leaving me in a logical cleft stick from which I had but one way out. Moore, I said, do you then have apples in that basket? Yes, he replied. And from that day forth, we remained the very closest of friends.'
Jonathan Miller [St John's], 'Portrait from Memory', on the LP Beyond the Fringe (1962)