[Ads-l] neither/either avoidance

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 7 08:31:23 EST 2017


Call me crazy, but I've noticed that CNN employees don't want to use these
words.

Ex.: a short time ago a correspondent in South Korea spoke of Northern
threats to test missiles near Guam and detonate an H-bomb over the Pacific.
He said,

"Both of those things have not happened yet."

Somewhat similarly, instead of saying, "That hasn't happened either," the
almost universal preference is, "That hasn't happened as well."

While perfectly understandable, these constructions sound as weird to me as
positive "anymore" once did.

JL



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