We took Zack (my favourite nephew) out to dinner. His fortune said:
“An optimist is always able to see the bright side of other people’s troubles.”
Pretty clever for something that came out of a fortune cookie.
How do you read this fortune cookie saying? It can be seen as optimists enjoy other people’s troubles. Or, it could be seen as optimists can find something good in anything. Are there other ways you can read something else into it?
In writing we try to make our meaning clear. But, at times something we intended to be clear can have other meanings read into it. Take a look at some sentences you have written. Can you find any that could have muddled or different meanings?