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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Praxeology Theft

I was listening to an ad on the radio for a company purporting to help prevent identity theft. The announcer listed some of the horrors that could occur, and then advised, "Order now before your identity is bought OR sold." (With heavy stress on the "or.")

As disturbing as I find the idea of having my identity stolen, I am even more rattled to learn that it can be bought without also being sold, and sold without also being bought.

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  1. I imagine the free bankers could explain it.

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    1. Yeah, them and financial commentators.

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  2. Gene, if there's one thing I learned from my father, it's that words in English have more than one meaning.

    An alternate meaning for 'sold' is "made available for sale".

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    1. Uknown, if there is one thing I learned from my father, it's that context matters. In the phrase "bought or sold," 'sold' don't mean what you suggest.

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