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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Herman Goering



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  01:49 PM

Linguists are fond of this kind of meta-joke:



[Credit: "this card was evidently designed by Ana Elisa Vianna and originally shared on the Facebook page "Trust Me, I'm a 'Linguist'."]

Ok, today someone posted the following article link on Facebook:



(The full article is in The Washington Post.)

When I saw this headline, I was disappointed that the headline writer did not take advantage of this great opportunity to write a sentence that conforms to the linguist joke. Consider this hypothetical version:
Americans like Muslims more than Trump
You see? It's ambiguous, but in both interpretations it's correct. A true missed opportunity. So sad.

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