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Rescued from a corrupted hard drive by: bill33

The author writes:

Something interesting about the phrase "I never said she stole my money" is that it can take on an entirely different meaning depending on where the word "only" is inserted. For example:

"Only I never said she stole my money." Everyone else is insisting she stole your money, and you're the only one saying she didn't.

"I only never said she stole my money." Of all the things you supposedly never said about her, this was the only thing you actually never said.

"I never only said she stole my money." You didn't just say she stole your money, you wrote it, signed it, smoke-signaled it, etc.

And so on. It's an interesting little quirk of our language.