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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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Here's a good rule of thumb: For every spelling error you make, your apparent IQ drops by 5 points.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 7/19/2019

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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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