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giuly90

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Dear teachers,

I'm reading an essay on torture and have a doubt on this sentence about a machine "wired up to generate electrical shocks at the sound of speech".

In this case does "wired up" mean "programmed"?

Thank you in advance for your help.

G.
 

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That sounds OK to me. To connect or to programme. Eg the electric chair was wired up to generate...

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I suppose it depends on when the piece is written/based. Before computers, I would think it unlikely that anything would be "programmed" to do anything.
 

giuly90

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I suppose it depends on when the piece is written/based. Before computers, I would think it unlikely that anything would be "programmed" to do anything.

It is a contemporary essay. Sorry for not specifying that. So is my interpretation correct?

G.
 
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