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Hello,

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No one ever plays tiddlywinks with out someone being flippant.
Tiddlywinks is played,but no one ever plays with himself.
And tiddlywinks plays with flippant.
There are,therefore,at least three people.
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What does this passage want to express?
After reading the first sentence, I conclude that everyone plays tiddlywinks seriously.
But it does not fit the third sentence....

"plays with flippant"--- how come an adjective comes after a preposition...?

I am not the original poster.
I found the original posting on a Taiwanese BBS.
Edit: I later noticed that the poster said it is of a logic context....Emotion: rolleyes

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I can only guess. It might be an analogy about a particular situation in which those in discussion are not really being serious....as if they were merely playing a game of tiddlywinks, which is not a serious game.

"with flippancy" might indicate that the third element in any game of tiddlywinks is flippancy, thus the personification.

Have fun with it!
Hi,
This seems to be a kind of riddle. ie How many people are playing tiddlywinks?

Let me offer you a couple of thoughts, so that you can then think about this paragraph a bit more.

When you play tiddlywinks, you make your tiddlywink jump up in the air.. The verb for this is 'flip'. It is not really related to the adjective' flippant', but here the writer is using the word 'flippant' as a little joke because it contains the syllable 'flip'.
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No one ever plays tiddlywinks without someone being flippant.
Tiddlywinks is played,but no one ever plays by with himself.
And tiddlywinks plays with flippant.
There are,therefore,at least three people.
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What does this passage want to express?
After reading the first sentence, I conclude that everyone plays tiddlywinks seriously. No. 'Flippant' is the opposite of 'serious'.
But it does not fit the third sentence..

Best wishes, Clive
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I thought it was meant as a pun, since the game is played by flipping the "winks" into the pot.
Hi, Clive,
Clive
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No one ever plays tiddlywinks without someone being flippant.
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After reading the first sentence, I conclude that everyone plays tiddlywinks seriously. No. 'Flippant' is the opposite of 'serious'.

There are two negative wordings, "no one" and "without someone being flippant"
So I think these two altogether amount to an opposite meaning...?
The double negative implies a positive - someone IS, or will be, flippant - but it doesn't change the meaning of the word.

We can't play football at our family reunions without somebody getting hurt.
We can't ever have a party without somebody getting drunk and making a fool of himself.
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Ah....I got it!

Thank you! Emotion: rock
and I don't know why I'm so negative this morning...
"You can't listen to a baby laugh without smiling yourself."

There, that's better Emotion: smile