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John Cowan

It was not in fact a linguistics professor who said this, but the philosopher J. L. Austin of Oxford, who developed the theory of speech acts. And the wiseacre was not a student but Sidney Morgenbesser of Columbia, philosopher and wit. More Morgenbesserisms.

Peter Harvey

Thank you John. I had seen that exchange quoted before but never, to my recollection, with proper attribution.

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