A PLAY ON WORDS

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MAX

So, language, being what it is, being communication, and fluid at that, it (language now) actually succeeded in this instance in communicating what I, the speaker, intended to communicate to you, the listener. Is this a fair assessment of what transpired when I voiced the phrase, “give a hang.”

RUSTY

That’s a pretty naïve view of language.

MAX

Is it?

RUSTY

Communication? Yeah, sure. I think it’s naïve, yeah.

MAX

But, you did understand it?

RUSTY

Of course.

MAX

No, don’t say, “of course.” Because then, what would have been the point of blowing smoke in the way of this discussion, by asking for clarity when you already know what I was talking about?

RUSTY

I wasn’t asking for clarity.

MAX

You weren’t?

RUSTY

No, I, no. I was curious.

MAX

You’ve established that.

RUSTY

No, but about the phrase, that particular phrase. “Give a hang.”

MAX

You’re curious about a lot of things, today.

RUSTY

It’s a sign of intelligence.

MAX

Curiosity?