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Thread #132499   Message #3995621
Posted By: Steve Shaw
08-Jun-19 - 06:23 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
No it doesn't. At least in the written word, one is a neutral request for an explanation. The other is highly-nuanced, and, depending on context, might imply surprise, derision, shock or outrage. In the spoken word, much would depend on how you express either.