Let’s imagine it’s currently Wednesday the 1st. Does “next Saturday” mean Saturday the 4th (the next Saturday to occur) or Saturday the 11th (the Saturday of next week)?

    • @Mr_Dr_Oink@lemmy.world
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      03 months ago

      Thinking about it. Couldn’t it be argued that its actually quite efficient?

      You have lots of words that have multiple meanings and the difference is i the context, the tone, and the words used in conjunction with them. For example.

      Fuck.

      It can be an insult, a proposition, an exclaimation of pain, a state of repair etc. And all these things and the rest can be expressed with that one word.

      Theres more just like it but just as an example.

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        13 months ago

        Why say many words when few work? Or whatever the Office quote is.

        It would be efficient if (when) the meaning was adequately conveyed. If the usage necessitates a back-and-forth then that is inefficient.

        • @Mr_Dr_Oink@lemmy.world
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          3 months ago

          I dont understand. My example is perfectly described by your point. One word that has many uses where context implies meaning.