English uses 26 letters: 21 consonants and 5 vowels. We can create jillions of words, such as the word jillion, which is a slang word that means some indefinitely large number. Some words have a single consistent meaning; some have numerous context-specific meanings. For example, the words brain, north, golf, automobile, jury, and woman have pretty consistent meanings wherever they are used. On the other hand, try to figure out the meanings of these words without knowing the context in which they’re used: right, down, space, bridge, state, and branch.
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It has to be true to be funny.
I was in China last week for an event and some customer meetings. Having been there several times, I am used to the odd array of food choices such as fried chicken feet, goat, assorted animal guts, strange vegetables, weird sea creatures and many other items that we Americans look at with hesitation.