Does A Double Positive Equal A Negative?

Fun with English Grammar


A linguistics professor was lecturing his class.

“In English,” he explained, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However,” the professor continued, “there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”


QuotaBills
Humor is a universal language. - Joel Goodman

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Thomas Carlyle

English Wrestling Champion: A lord of the ring - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

A story is told as much by silence as by speech. - Susan Griffin

The English never draw a line without blurring it. - Winston Churchill

The English contribution to world cuisine. The chip. - John Cleese

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. - Rita Mae Brown

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. - Robert Benchley

A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. - Pythagoras

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. - Larry Wall

Germlish: Training done using a mixture of English & German - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Reality can be lost when reason and language have been violated. - Ravi Zacharias

England and America are two countries separated by a common language. - George Bernard Shaw

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together. - Max Eastman

Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech. - Evangel

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. - John Erskine

A bore is one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation. - Benjamin Desraeli

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. - Sam Rayburn

Humour is practically the only thing about which the English are utterly serious. - Malcolm Muggeridge

There's nothing like an English weirdo. We have the best nutters in the world. - Sharon Osbourne

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. - Yakov Smirnoff

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer. - Marshall Lumsden

I never made a mistake in grammar but once in my life, and as soon as I done it. I seen it. - Carl Sandburg

A person's name is, to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language. - Dale Carnegie

The first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization. - Sigmund Freud

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech. - George Bernard Shaw

German is the most extravagantly ugly language - it sounds like someone using a sick bag on a 747. - Willy Rushton

You're an old-timer if you can remember when setting the world on fire was a figure of speech. - Franklin P Jones

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world. - Noam Chomsky

Fashion is free speech, and one of the privileges, if not always one of the pleasures, of a free world. - Alison Lurie

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. - Frederick Douglass

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless. - Unknown

'Good English' is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another. - C S Lewis

Charity, good behaviour, amiable speech, unselfishness - these by the chief sage have been declared the elements of popularity. - Burmese Proverb

It is Ireland's sacred duty to send over, every few years, a playwright to save the English theatre from inarticulate glumness. - Kenneth Tynan

The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking. - Deepak Chopra

The English eat all sorts of birds - pigeons, ducks, sparrows - but if you tell them you eat puffin, you might as well come from Mars. - Bjork

Heard about the young deaf boy who used sign language?
One day he told his mother a dirty joke and she washed his hands out with soap. - Red Skelton

Music is a language that doesn't speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it's in the bones, it's in the bones. - Keith Richards

No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. So what if my stroke left me with a speech impediment? Moses had one, and he did all right. - Kirk Douglas


see also   College,  Language  &  School  Sections
Basic Rules of English Spelling and Grammar
Books Never Written
Commas Save Lives
Cyberbulbs
Double Negative Education
First Impressions
I Like Cooking
Little Johnny’s Beautiful Examples
One Thousand Words
Practice Safe Text
Punctuation Matters
The Importance of Correct Punctuation

 

2022 Hooters Owl and Birds of Prey Calendars

Canadian Fridge

Snowmen Protest

Winter Traffic Lights

Inline Motorcycle Skates

Great White

Turnip Party

Newfie Cab Driver - Can You Guess His Number?

Identity Theft

Nothing Can Stop Me Now

Colsed School

Google Snowball

Bike Barrow

Can You Find the Hidden Bird?

Snowpy

Canadian Winter Smile

Leteracy Night

Age Comes With Convenience

Wife Of The Year

GhetToes
Full list of creditsFacebookTwitterDiggStumbleUponDelicious

18-Jan-2022