What do you do for a living?

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What do you do for a living?

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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postby dtp883 » Thu 21 Jan 2010 5:22 am

Talib wrote:
Delodephius wrote:I said it was on purpose, I didn't say it was... Hm... something is not right with this sentence. I came across this before, I just don't know what's the problem. Sometimes to me it feels perfectly natural to say something is while meaning it isn't. Just like now, it's raining outside but I don't mind if someone would say it is not raining even if I see it is with my own eyes. Strange indeed.

Sarcasm? Although, this isn't how I'd use it.

Sarcastic -- "It's raining? I can't 'wait' to walk across campus"

Literal -- "It's raining? Crap! I'm going to wreck my new clothes."

Is that kind of what you mean?
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postby Delodephius » Thu 21 Jan 2010 3:43 pm

No, it's not sarcasm.

Only thing that I could think up is that I am tolerant of fallacy. I don't pay any attention to mistakes of others, unless I can gain something from them. If someone is being incorrect or lying of which I am aware, I don't feel the need to correct him/her or reveal to him/her I know s/he is lying. If someone told me it's not raining outside, while we both stand in front of the window and I'm looking how the rain is falling, I'll just say "Ok". I think I don't care about what people say, I only care about the actual state of things of which I'm the only one who can verify their truthfulness. If someone is saying to me it is not raining when it obviously is, I don't care about what that person said when I know he's statement is incorrect. Hm... this reminds of an idea I pondered about some time ago: do I ignore mistakes and fallacies? I think to an extent I do.

In a way, if he said that he studied Arabistics meaning for example French and Chinese, then I automatically assume he meant something else and not Arabistics, since to me French and Chinese being part of Arabistics is not a correct statement, therefore in my head I replace it with the most plausible correct one, that he either meant something else and not Arabistics, that Arabistics means something else to him than to me, or that he didn't study French and Chinese but some other languages and just made a lapsus.
The second probable explanation I think gives people the most problem, since unlike me they expect that words carry a universal meaning, like window means a window not a door, which for me doesn't matter if someone used it with that meaning. I would be like "Oh this guy calls the door 'a window'," and just go along with it.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postby Remd » Thu 21 Jan 2010 5:43 pm

Maybe he could tell us what he meant so that we don't need to decide what he's studying...but I think he means he's taking a course which is not centered on Arabic but maybe on Arabic culture or the Muslim World...and Turkey was very important to Arabs during the Ottoman Empire. So maybe it is as if I said "I'm studying Hispanistics (or something like that o_O)" and I could be studying Basque and Spanish even though they're not related at all.

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