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Not What You Think

English can be a tricky language. Many of its more obvious aspects aren't quite so obvious.

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        Green bullet = true
        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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Red bullet A person who gets what he deserves is said to have received his "just desserts."

Red bulletStrawberries are so named because they are bedded in straw.

Multi-colored bullet "The exception proves the rule" means "counter-examples verify the adage's claim."

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