too = 'either'

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Jun 11 03:33:25 UTC 2012

This doesn't seem all that odd. I think I've used "too" to mean "either," too.

Looking at "I didn't go too" on GB yields

I'm glad now that I didn't go too. (

He was somewhat stronger than myself, a year older, so in that way he went, without thinking much of myself or that it was strange that I didn't go too. (

I asked Daddy why he and I didn't go, too, (

All three of these share the presence of a positive verb occurring before the negative verb that triggers "either" in formal writing, and all seem less strange than in the presence of a single negative verb. Surely, "too" will eventually replace "either" in this meaning given that the oddity of using "either" as a negative form of "too."

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Jun 10, 2012, at 7:55 PM, W Brewer wrote:

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> Too (either)
> Jonathan Lighter <<< too = 'either', <Imagine! No Republicans! No Democrats
> too!> Jesse Ventura, CNN>>>
> Wab: Too (either) is a characteristic of Chinese learners of English, an
> interlingual product of Mandarin influence. Not sure, but I seem to
> remember that young Anglophone children also produce too (either), until
> their code becomes more elaborated. Jesse?s code never evolved, apparently.

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