I am going to give you an offer that will make you laugh

Persuasion and context is inherently tied up in who you are.

If Woody Allen remarks that he’s going to make someone an offer, it has a quite different meaning than if the same thing is said by Don Corleone, even if the syntax is identical.

If Don Corleone says that he is going to make a funny movie, we would all laugh before the movie was made. If Woody Allen said the same thing, nobody would be laughing.

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