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Re: Order & meaning in a proposition

From: Laconic2 <laconic2_at_comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 14:59:46 -0400
Message-ID: <Ao6dnQLRU9JkYO_dRVn-sA@comcast.com>


I don't know protocol for state dinners, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if protocol dictated that the most important person should be seated last, not first.

What difference does it make? Well, let's say that Dawn had said the above sentence, unconsciously putting the President first due to his importance, and the sentence were heard by someone who "knows" that protocol works as I suggested above. (Incidentally, this case works even when the listener "knows something" that ain't so.) The listener responds, "What a breach of protocol!" Dawn is puzzled.

Is this too far out? Received on Tue Apr 06 2004 - 13:59:46 CDT

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