Friday, January 18, 2008

December 19, 1995

He drew up a short list of words, e.g., bottle, factory, fish, gun. Then he wrote out of all the combinations of two: bottle factory, factory bottle, bottle fish, fish bottle, bottle gun, gun bottle, factory fish, fish factory, factory gun, gun factory, fish gun, gun fish. Then he asked 100 undergraduates what each one meant.

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