[Ads-l] No = 'yes; truly'

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Oct 25 15:07:59 EDT 2017


Barron-Lopez was answering the question “Isn’t it?”  Since the (apparently) correct answer was “It is,” she could have answered either “Yes, it is” or “No, it is.”  English seems to fail when the correct answer to “Isn’t it?” is “It is not.”


John Baker


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John King, CNN: But, politically, it's kind of embarrassing for the
Democrats. Isn't it?

Laura Barron-Lopez, _Washington Examiner_ (b. ca.1990?): No, it *is*
embarrassing. It's another thing that's added to the long list of why can't
the Clinton campaign, you know, say what they're doing or be honest about
something.

JL

On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 7:21 AM, Berson at att.net<mailto:Berson at att.net> <Berson at att.net<mailto:Berson at att.net>> wrote:

> No, no, no, no, no ... yes.
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> Chuck Todd on _Meet the Press_: "They were huge for Obama, [but] they'vebeen stagnant this cycle."Tom Brokaw: "No, they have been."Brokaw went on to elaborate the stagnation.JLJLOn Wed, May 4, 2016 at 11:56 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:> On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 12:18 PM, Jonathan Lighter > wrote:>> > On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 9:03 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:> >> > > Is this a variant?> > >> > > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5GSq4Hea6E<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5GSq4Hea6E>> >>> So, it's *not* a variant. The Magic version is commonplace among the> colored. Yeah, naw.>>> --> -Wilson> -----> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.> -Mark Twain>> ------------------------------------------------------------> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org<http://www.americandialect.org>>-- "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."------------------------------------------------------------The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org<http://www.americandialect.org>
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