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Linguistics; verbal self-defense; "Even" afternote

I want to add one note to the previous post -- which I know was already too long. It's an example that sometimes helps clarify matters.

One very common "even" example is the second-grade teacher who tells his or her class not to worry about an upcoming test, saying, "EVen the KINDERgarteners can pass THIS test!"

Their intention is to reassure the kids by telling them how easy it is -- but it doesn't always work that way. What often happens is that the kids are now terrified that they'll turn out to be so stupid they can't even pass a test that kindergarteners can pass.


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