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humphrz
 
Reply Sat 30 May, 2009 09:32 pm
An advertisement for a restraunt in an exclusive club in Honolulu says: Memebers and nonmembers only. What are two interpretations of this statement?
 
nameless
 
Reply Sun 31 May, 2009 12:54 am
@humphrz,
1) Humor.
2) All members must bring a non-member (membership drive).
3) The restaurant will serve anyone.
 
stormmonarch
 
Reply Sun 31 May, 2009 06:37 am
@humphrz,
I believe this is a joke, unless they mean that there is another subset besides members and nonmembers.
 
humphrz
 
Reply Sun 31 May, 2009 09:43 am
@stormmonarch,
I think it might be the following...
1)Anyone is accepted as stated before... Members OR nonmembers.
2)No one is accepted... Members AND nonmembers. (The person has to be both at the same time)

The only problem with the first one is it is using disjunction rather than conjunction ( 'or' rather than 'and' ), which the original statement does not use. However, Nameless' answer 2 makes sense that you have to have two different people one being a member and one being a nonmember.

So, what do you guys think?
1)No one is accepted... Members AND nonmembers.
2)A member has to bring a nonmember
 
parker pyne
 
Reply Mon 29 Jun, 2009 05:17 am
@humphrz,
Here's what I got:

1) There are two groups called "members" and "nonmembers", however these titles do not necessarily refer to membership in itself, they are only meaningless names
2) "Members and nonmembers only" would make sense if there was an implicit addendum: "No organisers or managers allowed"
3) nameless - if the restaurant would serve anyone, then it wouldn't be "exclusive" as stated in the OP
 
urangutan
 
Reply Mon 29 Jun, 2009 07:30 am
@humphrz,
What if 'member', is a symbolical referance to the phallical, digit of a male, therefore encouraging females, who would be non members while rejecting those who would seem to be unsure of themselves while either possessing or not, that which would identify them as either.
 
DasTrnegras
 
Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 03:34 pm
@humphrz,
This is a linguistic problem.
 
William
 
Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 05:08 pm
@humphrz,
It's joke guys playing on the words MEMBERS ONLY. in that anyone is welcome.

William
 
 

 
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