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John Faben
Jun-17-08, 06:51 AM (EST)
"In Plain English"
   In the "in Plain English" column, there is the following entry:

<I>The following was found in a jewelry shop window. Its two meanings are opposite of each other:

Nothing makes you feel as good as gold.

Meaning 1. If you are looking for something to make you feel really good (as good as gold, say), then forget it -- nothing will do the job.
Meaning 2. If you are looking for something to make you feel good, then gold will do the job -- and nothing does it better. (Presumably, this is the jeweler's intended meaning.)</I>

It occurs to me that there is an obvious third meaning which, if anything, "even more" opposite to the jeweller's intended meaning:

Meaning 3. If you are looking for something that will make you feel as good as gold will make you feel, don't try too hard, as nothing at all will suffice.

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