Disclaimer…

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By the way, whenever we use expressions like “if you will” or “as it were” or “if you like” or “so to speak” or “for lack of a better expression” what we are really doing is giving ourselves license to make up a word or expression – or at least to use a made-up word or expression. It’s called verbal immunity. Take this example: “Packer fans are excited by Mike McCarthy’s willingness to use trickeration, if you will”. Now, you may have noticed that many broadcasters/friends/coworkers/family just go ahead and use words like “trickeration” and other made-up expressions without disclaiming them with an aforementioned verbal immunity expression. This is called verbal illegality, as it were.

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One Response to “Disclaimer…”

  1. “If you will” post filchified (if you like)? « packergeeks Says:

    [...] sure if Steve was trying to use trickeration or just pilferation, as they were. Either way, read Disclaimer [...]

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