What the fuck's up with "only"? The following two sentences seem to me significantly different:
(a) I only go to the mall on weekends.
(b) I go to the mall only on weekends.
Now, I understand that in ordinary conversation we accept a for b, allowing the pragmatics to render negligible the difference. But in written communication-- especially written communication that aspires to be precise-- it's best to reject a when b is meant. Or so I think. I'm dealing with a copyeditor who insists not only that a and b are equivalent, but that a is preferable to b!
(c) The utilitarian only cares about the total sum of pleasure.
(d) The utilitarian cares about only the total sum of pleasure.
It seems to me that c is false, and d is true. It also seems to me that c states a "serious error of fact." But, hey, what do I know?