Spelling with a c or an s (was Re: A College of Magics)

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Fri Aug 29 13:30:19 EDT 2003


>I don't feel strongly about split infinitives, or even the pedantry of not
>putting prepositions at the ends of sentences. But I do regret the loss of
>the double comparitive and superlative (the most unkindest cut of all...).
>And I see - well, not red but a pale shade of pink - when people correct
>double negatives like 'I wasn't going nowhere' with a superior 'So you were
>going somewhere were you? Two negatives make a positive'. As if emphatic
>language were indistinguishable from propositional logic, and Lear's 'Never
>never never never never!' were an example of someone changing his mind four
>times.

The double negative as emphatic "no" has a strong precedent in Old English. 
So there isn't any real authority for the '2 nos make a yes rule'.

Robyn 
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