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  • I don't think it's a joke, since this seems like a pretty common case of overnegation. NO LONGER UNABLE.

  • And they also guard against the risk that the taxpayer does not bear a disproportionate burden of the costs cleaning up the banks. overnegation, comments that "My fear is that they actually mean exactly what they say."

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  • On the other hand, the exclusion could have been grafted onto the easy version, for emphasis: overnegation.

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  • At least twice here on Language Log, we've looked at combinations of negation and exclusion that might be seen as overnegation

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  • In case 1, "but less than precise" might have been intended as emphatic; that would be routine overnegation, with an exclusion phrase in addition to an external negative.

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