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Ann Dixon's picture

fully understanding what it is

If one "fully understand[s] what it is [another is] saying" as you believe, there would never be any misunderstandings. Unfortunately, there are a huge number of misunderstandings every day.

Just for example, you have a misunderstanding that it was Paul who has 
invoked Roland Barthes, when in fact it was Anne Dalke and I who put up the quote.

When misunderstandings arise, it is useful when they can be clarified to make communication less wrong. 

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