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double negative


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  • noun pejorative, rhetoric A phrase in which there are two negative words or their compounds (e.g. no, not, never, none, etc), occasionally leading to ambiguity in the meaning, but necessary in some foreign languages.

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  • noun an affirmative constructed from two negatives
  • noun a grammatically substandard but emphatic negative


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  • Don't use no double negatives.

    January 25, 2007

  • I can't get no satisfaction.

    January 26, 2007

  • From Pushing Daisies episode “Window Dressed to Kill” (Pie names given in italics):

    Olive: I’m sorry you never looked at me the same way you look at Chuck.

    Ned: I wouldn’t say never.

    (Days later:)

    Narrator: Confused not by the particulars but by this particular usage Olive read about sentence structure and the use of the double negative. And with passive-aggressive panache, broached the subject with the Pie-Maker.

    Ned: Try this one again.

    Olive (tasting Pearway to Heaven): I definitely don’t hate it.

    Ned: What does that mean?

    Olive: Just what I said.

    Ned: Means you like it?

    Olive: Υou tell me.

    Ned: You said it wasn’t less tasty than Kick in the Kumquat, but more unfulfilling than Rock Me Amade-Quince. (Pause.) I don’t like giving funny names to the pies. Does it not seem disrespectful?

    Olive: Τhere you go. Υou did it again.

    Later in that episode:

    Randy: People who have super-powers don’t not wanna use them.

    (Cf. negative concord)

    December 31, 2009

  • Haha! I like that one!

    December 31, 2009