another meaning reversal

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 22 23:51:45 UTC 2010

... like "he could care less".

This from the Volokh Conspiracy blog:

> Yet in /Graham/, federal law was invalidated with so much of a peep
> from the SG’s office.

"So much as a peep" is a reference to non-action by the Solicitor
General, so the usual use I would have expected is "not so much as a peep".
> There has been not so much as a mention of teh essay on the /Weekly
> Standard/ or /National Review/ sites; there has been not so much as a
> peep from AIPAC, which Beinart explicitly attacks.


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