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Re: Words or phrases that make you mad ........

Unread postby tequesta » July 31st, 2009, 10:39 am

Irregardless is my word. Hello people it is a double negative. Don't like no double negatives either.
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Re: Words or phrases that make you mad ........

Unread postby ellipse » July 31st, 2009, 3:47 pm

"I'll take care of that right away", which has come to mean, "I'll get to it when I feel like it".
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Re: Words or phrases that make you mad ........

Unread postby Angoid » August 2nd, 2009, 3:51 pm

Irregardless is my word. Hello people it is a double negative. Don't like no double negatives either.

That's like "I haven't got no chocolate" .... well, if you've have NOT got NO chocolate, then you must have SOME chocolate, right? But yes, this is a grammatical error.

However, there is a clever use of double negatives called litotes, and that's when you say something like, "London is no small city". You emphasise the positive by saying it's not the negative. That's gramatically good and, used correctly, is a good little linguistic device.
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Re: Words or phrases that make you mad ........

Unread postby tequesta » August 5th, 2009, 9:28 pm

Litotes:
Angoid wrote:You emphasise the positive by saying it's not the negative. That's gramatically good and, used correctly, is a good little linguistic device.




I couldn't disagree less.

:roll:

(double litotes)
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Re: Words or phrases that make you mad ........

Unread postby Angoid » August 6th, 2009, 3:00 am

(double litotes)

In other words, some bizarre kind of triple negative :lol:
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Re: Words or phrases that make you mad ........

Unread postby tequesta » August 6th, 2009, 7:28 pm

Angoid wrote:kind of triple negative :lol:


Hat-Trick :cheers:
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