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Thanks JAFO, that was a good post and I do understand.

I just don't think the fact that LAYM can and often is used as an idiomatic expression precludes its literal usage. If you told me your hypothetical girlfriend is hot, I would seek contextual clues to determine your meaning. If the guys were standing around talking about girls, it would obviously have one meaning. If you were explaining why you and she were about to leave the beach, then it would be pretty safe to assume the other meaning.

I feel that the context for my original statement - which is a situational usage of LAYM that excludes such factors as expensive, unexpected medical expenses - ought to make it obvious that I meant it only technically.

It isn't an idiomatic expression to everyone except me. It's just that I seem to be the only one willing to accept that it can be used either way. Well, a couple of posters indicated they understood what I meant, so maybe there are more of us.

It isn't a "literalist claim." It's just a statement without emotion or judgement. If some of you want to infer the negative connotation because it is commonly associated, and cannot accept that it is possible for me to make a statement about LAYM that doesn't include it... well I don't know what else I can do besides offer my explanation and apologize for unintentionally starting a ruckus.

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