View Single Post
Old 06-14-2019, 09:01 AM
actualliberalnotoneofthose is online now
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 2,369
Originally Posted by Wendell Wagner View Post
I don't think you understand the idea of implicature in language:

When some people say, "Can I have a cheeseburger and fries?", they mean, "I'm ordering a cheeseburger and fries." They are using implicature. It is very standard to imply what you mean rather than state it absolutely literally. In fact, some people would find it to be slightly curt and impolite to say, "I will have a cheeseburger and fries." You need to learn more about how language works. Implying meaning rather than stating everything absolutely literally is a standard part of all languages.
True, but a lot of times in life implying doesn't get you what you want. I learned that I had a habit of being way too subtle about some things and had to start saying exactly what I want. It worked.