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In the following examples the same imperative form is used for two opposite meanings:

  1. 「ウンと言え!」 "say yes!" "agree!"
  2. 「バカを言え!」 "don't talk stupid!"

Clear from context, but I wonder what do Japanese people hear in their minds in the second case? Is it simple "バカを言えない"? Or is it unfinished clause, like "バカを言えば..." (something like "talk more stupid, then..."?

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It's definitely imperative and it sounds "Talk whatever stupid!".

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