The Plain Meaning of the Text

The Plain Meaning of the Text May 15, 2016

No football coaches

Internet Monk shared this wonderful example of the problems with claims about the “plain meaning” of a text. The sign above is from the UK. And so, while an American will understand it to be prohibiting people who serve as coaches of a particular uniquely American sport from entering, it not only refers to soccer, but to coaches in the sense of buses.

Context matters more in some contexts than others. But it always matters.


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