2 quus 2 equals 5.

April 28, 2009

Via Mark Thompson, it seems that someone at Fox News must have been reading Kripke’s Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language.

How does the number 183 become 5?  Easy – redefine the verb “to waterboard” as meaning only ”sessions of waterboarding.”  Similarly, how does the number 83 become “8 to 10″?  Easy – redefine the verb “to waterboard” as meaning only “long pours of water.”  The good news is that at least we’re moving away from trying to restrict the meaning of the word “torture” to trying to restrict the meaning of the word “waterboard.”

Who knew linguistic skepticism had so many practical uses?

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