Posted by Laraine on October 02, 1997 at 10:15:35:
In response to Thoughtless Tweak..., written by Kali on October 01, 1997 at 17:43:52
] ...I personally would only see Mr. Weston's statement as a pun. If it were "a contradiction in terms" wouldn't he be unbelievably rude?
] ...simple Miss Bates would see the meaning of Emma's thoughtless yet witty remark, and yet Emma doesn't get the tweak in Mr. Weston's equally thoughtless remark? Certainly Mr. Weston wouldn't say something rude on purpose...but the appropriateness of such an inadvertant shot sounds very Austen....
Have you checked the OED for usage dates on both meanings, Traci?
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