Flouting Quantity

Today’s Dilbert has the devious Wally flouting Grice’s maxim of Quantity:

(On Grice’s maxims, see this posting.) Saying “not two” implicates — conversationally implicates — not two or more, but Wally disregards this in favor of treating not two as ‘not exactly two’. But the pointy-headed boss has enough experience with Wally to suspect his deviousness.

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