History Main / ExactWords

19th Jun '16 1:00:53 PM Gravidef
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** ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' runs afoul of this trope in a big way. [[TheHecateSisters The Weird Sisters]] foretell that "NoManOfWomanBorn" can harm him, and that he will not be defeated "until great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane hill [his castle] march against him." When Prince Malcolm leads a charge against him, he has his followers use branches from the trees of Birnam Wood as cover, fulfilling the second prophecy; Macbeth is actually slain in battle by Macduff, who was delivered by Cesarean section and is thus not technically "born of woman" if you take "born" to mean "emerged through the birth canal."

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** ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' runs afoul of this trope in a big way. [[TheHecateSisters The Weird Sisters]] TheWeirdSisters foretell that "NoManOfWomanBorn" can harm him, and that he will not be defeated "until great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane hill [his castle] march against him." When Prince Malcolm leads a charge against him, he has his followers use branches from the trees of Birnam Wood as cover, fulfilling the second prophecy; Macbeth is actually slain in battle by Macduff, who was delivered by Cesarean section and is thus not technically "born of woman" if you take "born" to mean "emerged through the birth canal."
19th Jun '16 12:05:46 PM Gravidef
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** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=950503 Jon told Garfield not to take the lid off a cookie jar.]] Garfield then turned the jar upside down and "took the jar off the lid".

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** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=950503 Jon told Garfield not to take the lid off a cookie jar.]] Garfield then turned the jar upside down and "took took the jar ''jar'' off the lid".''lid''.



** [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1990&addr=900529 Jon asked Liz out for a date and she said she'd think about it after wheeling Garfield to X-Ray]]. Then she thought and answered "no".

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** [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1990&addr=900529 Jon asked Liz out for a date and she said she'd think about it after wheeling Garfield to X-Ray]]. Then she thought get an x-ray]]. She does indeed think about it...and answered "no".answers "no."



** ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' runs afoul of this trope in a big way, as he is warned by the weird sisters "NoManOfWomanBorn will harm him" (Macduff was the result of a Cesarean section) and that he would not be harmed "Until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane" (Macduff's allies cut down branches of Birnam Wood trees to disguise themselves, using the branches as cover as they storm Dunsinane)

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** ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' runs afoul of this trope in a big way, as he is warned by the weird sisters "NoManOfWomanBorn will way. [[TheHecateSisters The Weird Sisters]] foretell that "NoManOfWomanBorn" can harm him" (Macduff was the result of a Cesarean section) him, and that he would will not be harmed "Until defeated "until great Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane" (Macduff's allies cut down high Dunsinane hill [his castle] march against him." When Prince Malcolm leads a charge against him, he has his followers use branches from the trees of Birnam Wood trees to disguise themselves, using as cover, fulfilling the branches as cover as they storm Dunsinane)second prophecy; Macbeth is actually slain in battle by Macduff, who was delivered by Cesarean section and is thus not technically "born of woman" if you take "born" to mean "emerged through the birth canal."
19th Jun '16 11:22:10 AM vorpalgirl
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*** And on that note, Chaos Orb itself's Exact Words have proven so problematic that it's gotten banned in at least three formats and gained multiple bits of errata, including:
*** "Cards that are in the game but not on the battlefield, such as those in the Library and Graveyard, can't be affected."
*** "You can arrange your cards any time before the Orb is put onto the battlefield, but not after. "
*** "[[CaptainObvious It must flip 360 degrees (that's what "flip" means)]]. And this flip must be in the air and not in your hand."
*** "This is a not a targeted ability."
*** And "If you have sleeves on cards, they count as the cards."

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*** And on that note, Chaos Orb itself's Exact Words have proven so problematic that its text got errata'd to refer to only Permanents, it's gotten banned in at least three formats and all tournament formats, ''and'' it gained multiple bits rulings (all of errata, which were garnered on ''the same date''), including:
*** **** "Cards that are in the game but not on the battlefield, such as those in the Library and Graveyard, can't be affected."
*** **** "You can arrange your cards any time before the Orb is put onto the battlefield, but not after. "
*** **** "[[CaptainObvious It must flip 360 degrees (that's what "flip" means)]]. And this flip must be in the air and not in your hand."
*** **** "This is a not a targeted ability."
*** **** And "If you have sleeves on cards, they count as the cards.""
***** To which one player suggested: "[[RulesLawyer So put your Chaos Orb deck in ''really big sleeves''...]]"
19th Jun '16 11:11:55 AM vorpalgirl
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**The Unglued (joke set) card "[[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Chaos+Confetti&v=card&s=cname Chaos Confetti]]" was inspired by an infamous incident at a tournament involving the card "[[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Chaos+Orb&v=card&s=cname Chaos Orb]]". You see, Chaos Orb's text declares: "If Chaos Orb is on the battlefield, flip Chaos Orb onto the battlefield from a height of at least one foot. If Chaos Orb turns over completely at least once during the flip, [[TouchOfDeath destroy all nontoken permanents it touches]]. Then destroy Chaos Orb." So the player in question [[TakeTheThirdOption tore up the card]], and tossed the now-multiple pieces of it onto the field. The judge ruled it as valid at the time because ''technically'' they were indeed touching Chaos Orb...thus inspiring the "Confetti" card, which does almost the exact same thing but ''requires'' you to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tear it up in the process]].
***And on that note, Chaos Orb itself's Exact Words have proven so problematic that it's gotten banned in at least three formats and gained multiple bits of errata, including:
**** "Cards that are in the game but not on the battlefield, such as those in the Library and Graveyard, can't be affected."
**** "You can arrange your cards any time before the Orb is put onto the battlefield, but not after. "
**** "[[CaptainObvious It must flip 360 degrees (that's what "flip" means)]]. And this flip must be in the air and not in your hand."
**** "This is a not a targeted ability."
**** And "If you have sleeves on cards, they count as the cards."
29th May '16 8:55:50 PM TheCuza
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** In the third game, Phoenix is introduced to Godot, who introduces himself as having never lost a case. This would be yet another prosecuting legend for Phoenix to deal with...except Godot soon afterwards says he's also never ''won'' a case either, i.e. he has zero prior prosecuting experience.

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** In the third game, Phoenix Godot is introduced as yet another prosecutor Phoenix has to Godot, deal with who introduces himself as having is said to have legendary skill and has never lost a case. This would be yet another prosecuting legend for Phoenix to deal with...except Godot soon afterwards says When the judge asks him how many cases he has worked, he bluntly replies that this is his first one. He's never lost a case, but he's also never ''won'' won one either. [[spoiler:At least, not as a case either, i.e. he has zero prior prosecuting experience.prosecutor.]]
26th May '16 9:17:14 AM apai
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* Another joke has a man boasting that he could "carry a mountain across the town on his back". When challenged, he asks for the mountain to be placed on his back, because he only said could ''carry'' the mountain, not ''lift'' it himself.
* Yet another joke has a man boasting that he could "drink all the water in the river". When challenged, he promptly takes water in a glass, walks into the river, and drinks the glass of water, thus drinking ''all'' the water ''in'' the river.
21st May '16 2:41:08 PM LucaEarlgrey
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** In the third game, Phoenix is introduced to Godot, who introduces himself as having never lost a case. This would be yet another prosecuting legend for Phoenix to deal with...except Godot soon afterwards says he's also never ''won'' a case either, i.e. he has zero prior prosecuting experience.
8th May '16 11:51:16 PM Vios
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* In ''VisualNovel/ReflectionsOnTheRiver'', the king and queen went to a witch for help in having a strong, healthy child, and interpreted the witch's response as promising one. When the resulting child is sickly, they therefore consider themselves to been cheated. However, what they were actually promised was merely "their greatest desire" and that wasn't what they said (and perhaps even genuinely thought) it was.
-->'''King Jianyu:''' All those years ago, we asked for your help and you promised us our greatest desire: a healthy child. Yet look at the results!\\
'''Zheng:''' Then maybe in your heart, there was an even greater desire. One that turned true while the other didn't.
5th Apr '16 4:36:13 PM Kayube
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* {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} once stated that he would never LetsPlay ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' or ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' due to those games being overrated and Let's Played a lot. Since then, he has Let's Played ''Super Mario 64 '''DS''''' and ''Super '''Luigi''' Galaxy''.

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* {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} once stated that he would never LetsPlay ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' or ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' due to those games being overrated and Let's Played a lot. Since then, he has Let's Played ''Super Mario 64 '''DS''''' and ''Super '''Luigi''' Galaxy''. (And he fudged a bit on that first one too, by including parts of the original game whenever an original star was removed in the remake.)
21st Mar '16 8:41:12 AM Nakayama90
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Subtrope of DoubleMeaning. Compare HeroicVow, IWouldSayIfICouldSay and IronicEcho. UnhandThemVillain is a specific variant. ThreatBackfire is a common result. It's very commonly used in FalseReassurance. The actual interpretation of the words is often NotHyperbole. When used in response to a question can often result in a MathematiciansAnswer. Can also lead to a LiteralMetaphor and to LiteralistSnarking. Also see NoManOfWomanBorn.

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Subtrope of DoubleMeaning. Compare HeroicVow, IWouldSayIfICouldSay and IronicEcho. UnhandThemVillain is a specific variant. ThreatBackfire is a common result. It's very commonly used in FalseReassurance. The actual interpretation of the words is often NotHyperbole. When used in response to a question can often result in a MathematiciansAnswer. Can also lead to a LiteralMetaphor and to LiteralistSnarking.LiteralistSnarking, as well as LoopholeAbuse. Also see NoManOfWomanBorn.
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