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How the Meanings of Words Are

Determined by Their Context


N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, Chapter 1: The Sun and the Arrows (book, May 2003) The phrase "I'm mad about my flat" means: "I'm angry about my flat tire" in the US, but "I'm happy about my apartment" in the UK


Mark Nichol, 75 Contronyms (Words With Contradictory Meanings) (Daily Writing Tips, Sep 14, 2011) "the oversight was sanctioned" has four virtually opposite meanings, which must be understood from the context in which one uses the phrase


Saturday Night Live, Bushwick, Brooklyn 2015 (Saturday Night Live, Jan 18, 2015) comedic sketch about the difference between urban black and suburban white use of the same words


Margot Robbie, 50 Australian Slang Terms in Under 4 Minutes (Vanity Fair, Jul 6, 2016)


Jessica Brown, English Words That Have Totally Different Meanings Around the World (Indy100, Oct 16, 2016)


Austin Sarat, Trump's Loose Talk Came Back to Haunt Him in Judge's Travel Ban Ruling (The Guardian, Mar 15, 2017) shows how words have a context


Yahoo! Answers, How is "Hold You Down" a Good Thing? (Yahoo! Answers) how a phrase in one context means something different in another


Fr. Lawrence Farley, David Bentley Hartís "The New Testament: a Translation" (No Other Foundation blog, Oct 9, 2017) makes helpful remarks about languages and translations


Fresh Off the Boat, Funny Moments #13 (Fresh Off the Boat / Random Clipz, Jan 1, 2019) at the 3 minute mark; demonstrates by subtitling English for English how even English words need to be interpreted in the context of the relationship in which they are spoken; competitive sisters can say and understand otherwise polite words like insults

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