Waldmann Smackdown Watch
In a rare Event Elisabetta Addis asked Robert Waldmann for help with English (the more common event is I ask her how to spell something).
She asked for a qualifier for the word Democracy to describe the sort of things that Spain, Greece and Portugal became in the 70s.
E: What was the Soviet Union
R: Not a Democracy
E: But they said they were
R: (visibly puffing up) in English words have meanings without needing modifiers. A lie is called a lie, not the liars "truth." A plainly false claim is not recognised by the language.
E: So is Italy a democracy now ?
Can I put this dialogue up on the web ?
In the name of absolute truth, I admit the posted version of the dialogue is an edited version of the actual real live dialogue (in English "the dialogue"). The characters R and E are fictional and any resemblence to actual real live people (in English "people") is approximate.