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Old 09-22-07, 01:14 PM   #24
Lyme
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Default Re: roflcopter

http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deny

Given:
"Sony is looking at ways to improve its chip operations but has reached no decision, the company said Tuesday, denying Japanese media reports that it has a deal to sell the business to Toshiba."

and

"Toshiba Corp. spokesman Keisuke Omori said nothing has been decided on such a deal."

Can indicate that a) A deal has not been reached, and b) Sony is working on a deal to sell that fab.

As such Sony is simply denying that a deal has been reached, and not denying that a deal is in the works. Both uses while technically correct are not good uses of the word, as many people consider deny=never but in this usage it is not the case.
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