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  1. Dennis Alexander
    Dennis Alexander replied to a Comment on That was a joke, Joyce

    No, Jena, it hasn't, not as "50 shades of grey" or "fifty shades of grey". It is not in the Brown Corpus or any of the other historical corpora compiled before the book - at least…

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    Dennis Alexander replied to a Comment on That was a joke, Joyce

    and there we have the notion of "pro-biotic" jokes being the "off-culture" of milk suitable for those with lactose intolerance ... sorry, can't resist

  3. Dennis Alexander
    Dennis Alexander replied to a Comment on That was a joke, Joyce

    Actually Jena, it is an allusion to the book of the same name, not an aphorism or a metaphor. Hazarding a guess at Lauren's intended connotations would be fun given the sexual content of the book…

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    Dennis Alexander replied to a Comment on That was a joke, Joyce

    Jena, Maybe the aphorism is making the point that discriminating the shades of grey is as boring as batshit. And, by some accounts, black is the absence of all colours and white is the presence of all…

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    Dennis Alexander commented on Homework – what's the point of it?

    Thanks Misty. People should follow the link to the RESEARCH. Some of the comments to Dale S's post remind me of arguments for teaching creation science or the curent version intelligent design: they…

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    Dennis Alexander commented on That was a joke, Joyce

    Thanks Lauren. What ids missing from your discussion, I think - as a semanticist - is the drawing of the distinction between someone 'feeling hurt' and someone 'taking offence'. The people…

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