[Ads-l] neither/either avoidance

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 11 08:30:58 EST 2017


Ivan Watson, CNN:

Both sides were not able to come to [sic] a time for a bilateral meeting.

Normal:

Neither side was able to come up with a time for a bilateral meeting.

JL

On Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 8:31 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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
>
>
>
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
>



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"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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