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    "It was a bad call, Ripley. It was a bad call."

    —sportscasters after every Redskins' game, apparently.

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    Harry Morant: "As a matter of interest, how many courts-martial have you done?"
    Major Thomas: "None."
    George Wittow: "None?"
    Peter Handcock: "Jesus, they're playing with a double-headed penny, aren't they?"

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    "'E.g.,' 'I.e,' fuck you. The point is this is that when I say 'jump,' you say 'OK,' OK?"

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    Peter Handcock: [to a foe who has just left the witness stand] "You couldn't lie straight in bed, Drummond."

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    "[Under one applied interpretation], we [can] get the Russellian truth conditions via two steps of function application: 'The present King of France is bald' is true if, and only if [sic] Ex((Kx & y(Ky -> y=x)) & Bx)." —wikipedia page on Definite descriptions

    I'm using "E" as the existential quantifier, and the unadorned "y" to mean "for all y." Of course '&' is the caret/AND and -> is entailment.

    Makes sense to me: I don't see what the problem is with this semantics. Probably there is a hard limit when we need Kripkean many-worlds semantics, but I'd have to think more about it.

    Oh, here's maybe a way you'd say that formal logic in words: "There is at least one thing such that that thing is a King of France, and for all things such that if it is a King of France it is identical to that thing which is our King of France, it must also be bald."

    Uhhh....never mind, it makes more sense using symbols.

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    Lt. Col. Denny: "Control yourself, Mr. Handcock, or you will find yourself in serious trouble."
    [Handcock scoffs]
    Lt. Col. Denny: "You find that amusing?"
    Peter Handcock: "Well, I was just wondering how much more serious things could be."

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    "The present King of France is bald."

    one canonical example of a non-referential sentence

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    "It really ain't the place nor time to reel off rhyming diction / but yet we'll write a final rhyme while waiting crucifixion.
    For we bequeath a parting tip of sound advice for such men / who come in transport ships to polish off the Dutchman.
    If you encounter any Boers, you really must not loot 'em / and if you wish to leave these shores, for pity's sake, don't shoot 'em.
    Let's toss a bumper down our throat before we pass to Heaven / and toast a trim-set petticoat we leave behind in Devon."

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    ""And, also, if you do not dream, it fucks you up. From what I understand, it mostly happens if you get a brain injury. Although there might be other reasons, I just was not able to find it in my very brief researching of this shit. So, your brain gets fucked up somehow, probably by injuring it. And, it makes it so you don't dream when you sleep, and you just, like, have all kinds of problems. So, you will get like, if you do not get in REM sleep, if you do not have dreams, you will get signs of psychosis, and you will start getting hallucinations, and then you will get irritable and disoriented."

    —podcast, "How Natalie Destroyed E.T.'s Nasty Little Body," 2019-may-17

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    George Wittow: "Did you write that, Harry?"
    Harry Morant: "No, no. It was a minor poet, called Byron."
    Peter Handcock: "Never heard of him."
    Harry Morant: "I did say he was a minor poet."

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    "[S]quirrels are an invasive species. So we were talking before about how there's like all kinds of different squirrels. We have gray ones. But, you know, sometimes you'll see pictures — I've never seen one in real life, of like the red one. [T]hey're like real cute and real red and like 'Ahh, look at me!!!' Apparently in England that used to be the kind of squirrels they had, but then, in the eighteen-hundreds, like a bunch of Victorian people, like decided it'd be very posh of them to get like the exotic squirrels from like overseas and have them in their yards and have the gray squirrels, and it would be so special of them, right?"

    — podcast, "I Accidentally Murdered A Squirrel" 2019-May-06

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    Harry Morant: "It's a new kind of war, George. A new war for a new century. I suppose this is the first time the enemy hasn't been in uniform. They're farmers. They come from small villages, and they shoot at us from behind walls and from farmhouses. Some of them are women, some of them are children, and some of them... are missionaries, George."

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    'The average person weighs about a hundred and ninety pounds. The average American, I should say. Weighs about a hundred and ninety pounds. 10 pounds of that is bacteria. Living mostly in your intestines, although there's a lot living on your hair, on the surface of your skin, and in your mouth and in your nose, etc. etc. So when your bacteria eats this special sugar-free sugar that's in these sugar-free candies, it makes products that you don't normally smell." — podcast, "The Worst Candy In the World" 2019-Jul-01

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    Major Bolton: "How did Lt. Handcock look?"
    Corporal Sharp: "Like he was thinking, sir... like... I can't think of the...."
    Major Bolton: "Did he look like he was agitated?"
    Corporal Sharp: "Agitated? Yes, that's it, sir. Yes, sir, he looked agitated."
    Major Thomas: "Objection. Major Bolton is leading the witness."
    Major Bolton: "I will rephrase the question, sir. Tell me, Corporal Sharp, how did Lt. Handcock look?"
    Corporal Sharp: "Agitated, sir!"
    Major Bolton: "Thank you, Corporal."

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    "He took a perfect conversation, realized he couldn't read it to Congress, it was a perfect conversation … He took that conversation, which was perfect, he said: "I can't read this." And he made up a conversation and said it to Congress and to the American people. And it was horrible, what he said. And that was supposed to be coming from me, and it was all fabricated. He should resign from office in disgrace, and frankly they should look at him for treason, because he is making up the words of the President of the United States, it's a disgrace and it shouldn't be allowed to happen."

    — Winston Churchill

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    Harry Morant: "It's all right, Major. I've had a good run. There's nothing for me in England anymore. And back in Australia, well... they say if you need a couple of stiff drinks before you climb up on a wild horse, you're finished."

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    "A three-cushion and a straight-pool tournament ran at the same time. There were nine tables lined up end-to-end, every other one billiards. Mixing the pool and billiard players together like that was crazy, and was the idea of the Assistant Scorekeeper, who was a woman. She didn't know much about running a tournament, but she was a hell of a lay ... one of the best I ever had."

    McGoorty : a pool room hustler, publ 1972

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    Lord Kitchener: "Needless to say, the Germans couldn't give a damn about the Boers. It's the diamonds and gold of South Africa they're after."
    Major Bolton: "They lack our... altruism, sir."
    Lord Kitchener: "Quite."

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    "1885? It's a very interesting story, future boy, but there's just one little thing that doesn't make sense: if the me of the future is now in the past, how could you possibly know about it?"

    Back to the Future III, unknown provenance and authors, viz, it was just what Chris Lloyd said in the movie.

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    Sentry: "Excuse me, sir. I was in a public house last night, sir."
    Major Thomas: "Were you, Sergeant?"
    Sentry: "Yes, sir. I overheard one of the witnesses talking about the prisoners. In his cups he was, sir. A very indiscreet gentleman."

    Breaker Morant

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    "Also, dude, 'chinaman' is not the preferred nomenclature Asian-American, please.
    —Walter, this isn't a guy who built the railroads here, this is a guy...
    What the fuck are you tal..."

    — overlapping dialogue like it's an Altman film or something.

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    Major Thomas: "Have you not been saying in the local pubs that you would walk barefoot from Cape Town to Petersburg to be on a firing party to shoot Lieutenant Handcock?"
    Corporal Sharp: [visibly shaken] "Well, sir I might have said something like that over a pint, sir. It may have been the beer talking, sir, not me, sir."

    Breaker Morant

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    "Charlie didn't get much USO. He was dug in too deep or moving too fast. His idea of great R&R was cold rice and a little rat meat."

    Apocalypse Now

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    Peter Handcock: "New South Wales Mounted? What sort of a lawyer are you?"
    Major Thomas: "They haven't locked me up yet. What sort of a soldier are you?"

    Breaker Morant

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