On Monday, 27 January 2014 at 09:19:25 UTC, Kagamin wrote:
On Thursday, 23 January 2014 at 10:24:23 UTC, Chris wrote:
A good example are headlines. A classic is "Driver refused license". Now, everybody will assume that it was not the driver who refused the license (default assumption or the _unmarked case_).

Why it's not a driver who refused a license?

More likely that it's a driver who was refused a license by the State (because of some reason such as "you've been caught drinking and driving 20 times so you're totally banned"). People aren't offered licenses and accept or reject them, they must seek them out. It doesn't make sense for someone to walk up (or be given a ride to by a friend) to the DMV wait 30 minutes and once they do all the work to get the license say "Wait, no, I refuse this after all."

So, despite "Driver refused license" possibly meaning "the driver refused to accept the license despite being able to" or "driver was refused a license by the State (due to some circumstance)", it's massively more likely to be the latter.

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