Not one the same colour

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from , from a post from 5/13/2009:

As for whippet/lurcher colours, my last lurcher (apricot with kohl eyes) had 23 puppies (two litters), not one with the same coat colour or length, all fabulous handsome dogs though.

Hmm, that way of talking would spoil the resolution of the famous inductive “proof” that all horses are the same color.


  1. Mr Fnortner said,

    August 9, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    My hound is not the same color either. I wonder how many hounds exist that are not the same color?

  2. JT said,

    August 9, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

    It's probably an error, but could it be comparing the pups to the bitch? C.f., that hilarious sitcom had three spinoffs, not one with the same level of humor.

  3. Mr. Fnortner said,

    August 9, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    In all seriousness, the sentence suggests an elided part, thus: …not one with the same coat colour or length [as another's]…. Or the better sentence would be …no two with the same coat colour or length…. As we all experience, comments in a forum are typed under less rigorous mental supervision than are thoughts written in more formal settings.

  4. groki said,

    August 9, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    so another possible elision: "… not one pair with the same …"

  5. Barbara Partee said,

    August 10, 2010 @ 12:16 am

    to JT — no, I'm sure it meant no two of the same colour (rather than no one of the same colour as their mother) and my guess (no idea how to investigate the actual mental processing) is that it's not exactly elision, but that it's something very similar to Mr. Fnortner's first suggested elision, happening at the level of thought, pre-linguistically (if that makes any sense) — and in fact it seemed completely natural to me at first, and I only just barely managed to notice it.

  6. Jerry Friedman said,

    August 10, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I feel this is somehow related to both are the same price (as each other, instead of only one being the same price as the other).

  7. Trevor Barrie said,

    August 10, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    Wow, that wikipedia article is terrible.

  8. Robert said,

    August 12, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    Some critics admire only each other.

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