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Czytelnia – Beware of Half-truths

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There was a sailor who worked on the same boat for three years. One night he got drunk. This was the first time it had ever happened. The captain recorded it in the log, "The sailor was drunk tonight." The sailor read it, and he knew this comment would affect his career, so he went to the captain, apologized and requested the captain to add that it only happened once in three years which was the complete truth. The captain refused and said, "What I have written in the log is the truth."

beware of ... – wystrzegaj się ..., unikaj ...

half-truth – półprawda

sailor – marynarz, żeglarz

get drunk – upić się

record – dokonać wpisu

log – dziennik

affect – wpłynąć, zaważyć

apologize – przeprosić

request – poprosić

add – dodać

refuse – odmówić

The next day it was the sailor's turn to fill in the log. He wrote, "The captain was sober tonight." The captain read the comment and asked the sailor to change or add to it explaining the complete truth because this implied that the captain was drunk every other night. The sailor told the captain that what he had written in the log was the truth.

turn – kolej, zmiana

fill in – wypełnić

sober – trzeźwy

imply – sugerować

overy other – co drugi

Both statements were true but they conveyed misleading messages.

statement – stwierdzenie

convey – wyrażać, przekazywać

misleading – mylący

message – wiadomość, komunikat

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