overnegation again

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 4 21:42:45 UTC 2013

At 2/4/2013 03:22 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>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"?

And where is the overnegation?

>I guess I don't have the patience or stomach to read all the fine
>print to get there.

I'm with Larry, but I did somehow happen to run across the following
refutation of a refutation that "The Zero" ws invented by Muslims:

"Er, not quite. The concept of zero did come from India but the
Summarians had it long before the Indians."


>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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