Nobody Does It Like Sara Lee?

Allen Maberry maberry at MYUW.NET
Mon Apr 18 21:55:09 UTC 2005

I could say "everybody dislikes something" but I don't believe I would ever say, "everybody doesn't like something", or "nobody doesn't like X [Sara Lee, apple pie, mom, etc.]" but I could say "nobody dislikes X". I don't have any explanation why that is, unless there is something about inserting "does/doesn't" that makes it sound strange to me when used in these phrases.

maberry at

On Mon, 18 Apr 2005, Beverly Flanigan wrote: ...

> Good point.  I don't remember tuning in to the first part at all; if I had,
> I could have accepted "nobody doesn't like"--although I wouldn't say either
> line.  Funny, I could say "everybody dislikes something"; explain that?

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