Allard Welter allard at
Tue Aug 17 12:36:47 PDT 2004

On Tuesday 17 August 2004 20:56, Matthew Burgess wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Aug 2004 20:38:22 +0200
> Allard Welter <allard at> wrote:
> > Only when we slowed down a bit did they cross in front of us and
> > subsequently stopped running.
> Stopped running, or stopped doing anything because you were feeling
> particularly evil and sped up, just at the point they went in front
> of the car :)  I'm sure other languages are susceptible to it, but I
> find it fascinating how easy it is to "read between the lines" with
> English, and interpret almost any passage in more than one way.  I'd
> be interested to hear from any of our bi- or multi-linguists on the
> relative levels of interpretation possible in their known langauges.
Chortle ... no that wasn't the intention. We let them cross. They simply 
stood in a group looking somewhat nonplussed but nevertheless pleased 
with themselves.

Regarding reading between the lines in language - english beats dutch 
hands down is my opinion.

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