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Does “And” Really Mean “And”? Not Always, the Supreme Court Rules.

As a result, thousands of people will serve longer prison terms. (Click image for article.)

Image: Mother Jones; Erin Schaff/The New York Times/AP; Unsplash

 

Just when you thought “and” meant “and,” and “or” meant “or,” along comes the Supreme Court to deliver the unsettling news: Your grammar is all wrong.

This historic toppling of words’ ordinary meaning comes from a recent ruling in which the court dashed the hopes of thousands of criminal defendants seeking reduced prison time. A majority of the justices found that the word “and”—at least as it’s written in a key section of a landmark law aimed at reducing mass incarceration—doesn’t mean what “and” usually means.

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