September 6th, 2007

thinking

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It struck me while wandering through the +15s today: when reading/hearing about someone getting knifed/shot/killed in a robbery, and it's reported that the assailant got away with "only X dollars"...

When is 'X' no longer qualified by "only"? At what point does 'X' change to a seemingly more worthy value?
$100?
$800?
$12000?
$43917.88?

It's funny - the inferences that our language can make, whispering that, though still unacceptable, eventually this abhorrant act has a justifiable reason.

I wonder if the value of "only" rises with the cost of inflation...?
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