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I'm just having fun at this point. I still think ... to be verboten, but perhaps I have another thing coming.

My mother used to say (probably still does) "have got another think coming". I wonder (the question mark will be ... signature to be applied by those who see it as appropriate here) if this pun was restricted to my family.

What pun?...g
I'm just having fun at this point. I still think ... to be verboten, but perhaps I have another thing coming.

My mother used to say (probably still does) "have got another think coming". I wonder (the question mark will be ... signature to be applied by those who see it as appropriate here) if this pun was restricted to my family.

That's the only way I've ever heard it...and of course it's in the FAQ

http://alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxyouhav.html

'Thing' to me seems quite odd, although FWIW google rates it about 3 times as more common. Maybe 'think' is just more common downunder?

(Ooh look, there's another question-mark on the end of a statement.)

Dylan
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My mother used to say (probably still does) "have got another think coming".

That's the only way I've ever heard it...

That's the only way I have ever heard it, too. But that doesn't mean it's the only way it has been said to me.
\\P. Schultz
(1) I wonder why the Spanish dagger grows so thick ... Frank Baum in The Emerald City of Oz )

etc. etc. Reading through the quotes, I can only reiterate what I said before - I would read and interpret ... a sort of passing thought or even deadpan sarcasm. I'm not sure how else you'd make this distinction in writing.

Context.
Even after obtaining the results referred to above, I still find myself unconvinced by this use of the question-mark. While holding in reserve the possibility of conversion by epiphany, I just don't see the q.m. as the way to suggest curiosity, inquisitiveness, suspicion, etc., as distinct from deadpan sarcasm. These sorts of things should be clear from the context..g
(1) I wonder why the Spanish dagger grows so thick ... Frank Baum in The Emerald City of Oz )

etc. etc. Reading through the quotes, I can only reiterate what I said before - I would read and interpret ... a sort of passing thought or even deadpan sarcasm. I'm not sure how else you'd make this distinction in writing.

Context.
Even after obtaining the results referred to above, I still find myself unconvinced by this use of the question-mark. While holding in reserve the possibility of conversion by epiphany, I just don't see the q.m. as the way to suggest curiosity, inquisitiveness, suspicion, etc., as distinct from deadpan sarcasm. These sorts of things should be clear from the context..g
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It's interesting to google "lie about their age", and then make it "ages". Both are acceptable, I agree, but the former is a hell of a lot more common.
Matti
... Something has happened here. In my first (and to ... Who's changed? Anyone at all, or just my perception ...

You're the same. The rest of us have improved.

Very likely; but I do think it can, as has been said before, take time for people to appreciate that with almost all of us there's an understood self-deprecation behind what we post. Some newcomers, misinterpreting the 'kittens tumbling in a basket' goings-on, just run.
Mike.
Redwine, "another think coming" was not a pun, it was ... survey results can be found in the archives: http://www.google.com/groups?selm=Pine.GSO.4.44.0205031715380.26154-1000 00%40sparky.cs.nyu.edu&rnum=1

Hey, that's cool. Here was me wondering if my mother was really just punning or in fact making fun of ... changed? Anyone at all, or just my perception. I am going to have to look through the archives and reƫvaluate.

We're mostly on our best behaviour at weekends, Prof.

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Robin Bignall
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England
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You're the same. The rest of us have improved.

Very likely; but I do think it can, as has been said before, take time for people to appreciate that with almost all of us there's an understood self-deprecation behind what we post. Some newcomers, misinterpreting the 'kittens tumbling in a basket' goings-on, just run.

I cannot contra-opine. However I intended no self-deprecation when I stated that we as a group and largely as individuals are constantly improving. It is unfortunate that this must be stated so directly, but I'm willing to take on the burden when all else fails.

Good luck and good sailing.
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