[PLUG-TALK] Multiple negation and English

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Fri Dec 27 12:35:21 PST 2019


On Fri, 27 Dec 2019, Keith Lofstrom wrote:

> J. L. Austin presented a paper on linguistics at Columbia University in
> which he pointed out that, while many languages have double negatives that
> make a positive, no example existed of a language in which two positives
> make a negative. From the back of the auditorium Columbia philosophy
> professor Sidney Morgenbesser, known for his mordant wit, stage whispered,
> "Yeah, yeah."

Clever. And don't forget that while two wrongs don't make a right, three
lefts will.

Carpe weekend,

Rich


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