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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

If We Only Knew

posted by on July 18 at 9:17 AM

If we only knew now what we know now, maybe we would take some action.

This clever line was tossed off at the end of a rant in a discussion thread at this site about Minneapolis politics.

The discussion was about implementing Green building standards.

The line strikes me as great sound bite for today’s environmental movement to use as much as constantly possible.

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If my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle.

Posted by asdf | July 18, 2007 9:25 AM

Yes, the phrase "we would we take some action" will surely rouse everyone to nonsensical action.

Posted by jk | July 18, 2007 9:33 AM

If we only knew, would we be deriding use of the bus system?

Pathetic wankers.

Posted by tell me another one | July 18, 2007 9:36 AM

If only Barbara Bush had decided to abort.

Posted by monkey | July 18, 2007 9:47 AM

should be "if only we knew." if we only knew means we would only know but not do anything else. ruler slap for feit and the original author.

Posted by grammar monkey | July 18, 2007 11:01 AM

Only, doesn't your revised version mean "only us, and not anybody else"?

It seems wrong both ways, only you have to remember that "only" has more the one definition. The syntax would only matter in the most common definition, which is only too obviously not the case here.

Posted by Chris | July 19, 2007 2:49 AM

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