Heard on Judge Joe Brown:

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 12 20:53:54 UTC 2007

FWIW, Russian works the same way:

Nikakoi rebenok ne poekhal na nikakom bitsiklete v nikakoi dom!
No        child     not rode      on no          bicycle into no       house!

As in non-standard English, multiple negation is not an indication of
emphasis. However, in Russian, multiple negation is required and is
not a stylistic or a dialectal variant.


On 7/11/07, James Harbeck <jharbeck at sympatico.ca> wrote:
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> >"Didn't no kid ride no bicycle into no house!"
> I love this. The negative concordance is so thoroughgoing! "Logical"
> analysis (which insists that double negatives are positives) should
> hand in its foil and weep in the face of the efficacy of phrases such
> as this. It brings to mind vulgar concordance, as in the classic
> phrase "Fuck off, ya fuckin' fuck" and, rather more loosely, one I
> recently saw, "Our good shit makes their shit look like shit."
> James Harbeck.
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