Thursday, December 10, 2009

What did he just say?

Attorney General Ed Buckingham on recently resigned Deputy Attorney General Joe Taijeron:
"We are substantially stronger today than when Joe rejoined the office."
If you don't catch it on first reading, let me explain. Since this statement was made after Joe had left, the Attorney General is making the statement that they are substantially stronger today now that Joe is no longer with the office.

I don't think that's what he really meant. Perhaps he should have simply stated, "We are saddened to see him go."


Willie Brundidge on Willie Brundidge:
"(N)o one can not tell me that I don’t know what I am talking about"
When I was in the 10th grade I remember learning the phrase, "Don't use no double negatives." What I don't remember learning was the phrase, "No one can not use no triple negatives."  Never mind that can not is one word, cannot.

In math, two negatives make a positive. However, three negatives still make a negative. What Willie really says here is, "I don't know what I am talking about." I don't think that's what he really meant.  Perhaps he should have just used the affirmative in the first place and said, "I know what I am talking about."


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