What we say vs what we mean: what is conversational implicature? - Maria Kasmirli | Aeon Ideas
Kaylene Kau

Imagine you have been asked to review the reference letters provided by the candidates for a lectureship in philosophy. One reads: 'My former student, Dr Jack Smith, is polite, punctual and friendly. Yours faithfully, Professor Jill Jones.' You would, I assume, interpret that Jones is implying that Smith is a bad philosopher and unsuitable for the job.