Nobody Does It Like Sara Lee?

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Mon Apr 18 00:57:28 UTC 2005

Only some of them?  I always heard it as "does it like"--presumably bakes
like she does, that is.  Two reasons, perhaps: The negative nasal is hard
to hear in song.  But more importantly, I couldn't say "nobody doesn't
like"; I'd say "there's nobody who doesn't like ...."  So my grammar simply
wouldn't "hear" the sentence you're citing.  Does anyone know where the
slogan originated?

This reminds me again of the song "It's not unusual to be loved by
anyone"--totally ungrammatical for me.

At 08:45 PM 4/17/2005 -0400, you wrote:
>I gave my intro to lx students a question on a recent test requiring
>analysis of the advertising slogan, "Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee." It
>turned out that until they saw the words on the test - and checked some
>URLs -- some of them thought the slogan was "Nobody Does It Like Sara Lee."
>(We never know what we are really teaching, do we?)

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