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“Or” Means More than Or

Posted in Politics by Chris on November 1, 2008

Sometimes a disjunction means more than just “or”. Below the fold is a video of a clip from an interview with John McCain. Words can’t describe it adequately. Watch the video, and then I’d love to know what you think the “or” means. You’ll know which one it is. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a syntactical logical particle invested with so much semantics.


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  1. Alexus McLeod said, on November 1, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Nice. He wanted to avoid putting the image in our heads of Sarah Palin as president, because he knows that’s a deal killer. God, what a nightmare that would be. Even he seemed terrified in this interview about the possibility of Palin becoming president.

  2. Bill Haines said, on November 1, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t understand how McCain can vote for McCain at this point.

  3. Chris said, on November 1, 2008 at 10:26 pm


    Maybe to salvage his own sense of dignity, he won’t. Or maybe he’ll write in a vote for the “McCain/Lieberman” ticket; since it doesn’t exist, it won’t be counted. But at least that would allow him to not vote for his own current ticket and at the same time not vote for Obama!


    He does seem scared! That “or” is priceless.

  4. Adam said, on November 1, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    For me the key phrases are “to a large degree” and “in many ways” (an inspirational figure). I think of these phrases as involuntary hedges. He’s not scared, he’s pissed.

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