overnegation again

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 4 20:22:58 UTC 2013

I agree with your esthetic judgment, Mark, but could you be more precise as to the folk etymology you had in mind? The proposals in the comments for deriving "f*ck"?  I guess I don't have the patience or stomach to read all the fine print to get there.


On Feb 4, 2013, at 3:09 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:

> Another case of overnegation, this time pretty disgusting: a blog post
> titled "The Myth that not all Muslims are
> Terrorists"<http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2010/09/the_myth_that_not_all_muslims_are_terrorists.html>.
> This one has an extra twist, because while semantically it's the opposite
> of what the writer intended, what it implies about the author's views is
> far more accurate than what he wanted it to say. The blog itself (which I
> looked at because of a folk
> etymology<http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2013/01/muslims_did_not_invent_algebra_1.html#comment-787036370>)
> is virulently anti-Islam. I don't want to quote from it, but if you go to the
> post in question<http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2010/09/the_myth_that_not_all_muslims_are_terrorists.html>you
> will see more than enough evidence.
> Mark, now going to wash his hands
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