"Q: "show me out [something]" = show to me?

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 8 17:13:49 UTC 2008

I use "disconfirm".

On Feb 8, 2008 11:25 AM, Damien Hall <halldj at babel.ling.upenn.edu> wrote:

> [...]

> (There's a French phrase which would have come in very useful to me a
> couple of
> times in this post:  *confirmer ou infirmer*, where *confirmer* =
> 'confirm' and
> *infirmer* is the opposite.  Is there an English equivalent for that?
>  'Confirm
> or deny' isn't it, because 'deny' is used of an allegation, not of a
> supposition, I don't think, whereas *infirmer* is used specifically of a
> supposition in this phrase - though maybe for allegations in other
> contexts.)

Mark Mandel

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