Friday, January 27, 2017

The exceptional "but"

Are the two following sayings identical? (Yeah, the question is stupid.)
A cat may look at a king, but a dog is a man's best friend.

A dog is a man's best friend, but a cat may look at a king.
We see that sequence matters. In each of the two sayings, the term "but" renders preference to the statement that follows.

But you knew that . . .



At 10:06 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Have you been reading Wittgenstein?

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

In my life?

Jeffery Hodges

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