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Dad - Son, come in here, we need to talk.
Son - What's up, Dad?
Dad- There's a scratch down the side of the car. Did you do it?
Son- I don't believe, if I understand the definition of "scratch the
car", that I can say, truthfully, that I scratched the car.
Dad- Well, it wasn't there yesterday, and you drove the car last
night, and no one else has driven it since. How can you explain
the scratch?
Son- Well, as I've said before, I have no recollection of scratching
the car. While it is true that I did take the car out last night,
I did not scratch it.
Dad- But your sister, Monica, has told me she saw you back the car
against the mailbox at the end of the driveway, heard a loud
scraping sound, saw you get out to examine the car, and then
drive away. So again I'll ask you, yes or no, did you scratch
the car?
Son- Oh, you mean you think you have evidence to prove I scratched it.
Well, you see, I understood you to mean did "I" scratch the car.
I stand by my earlier statement, that I did not scratch the car.
Dad- Are you trying to tell me you didn't drive the car into the
Son- Well, you see sir, I was trying to drive the car into the street.
I mishandled the steering of the car, and it resulted in direct
contact with the mailbox, though that was clearly not my intent.
Dad- So you are then saying that you did hit the mailbox?
Son- No sir, that's not my statement. I'll refer you back to my
original statement, that I did not scratch the car.
Dad- But the car did hit the mailbox, and the car did get scratched as
a result of this contact?
Son- Well, yes, I suppose you could look at it that way.
Dad- So you lied to me when you said you did not scratch the car?
Son- No. No, that's not correct. Your question was "Did I scratch the
meaning of that sentence, I did not scratch the car... the
mailbox did... I was merely present when the scratching
occurred. So my answer of "No" when you asked "Did I scratch the
car" was legally correct, although I did not volunteer
Dad- Where did you learn to talk like a complete idiot?

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