Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I Don't Not Hate Double Negatives

As part of Liberian-speak, Maya occasionally uses double negatives. When she said: "I don't have no white shoes", I logically replied: "So, you do have white shoes then."
Confused her something serious. I kept trying to explain double negatives and her expression got more and more confused.
I said: Isaac, come stand next to Maya.
"Isaac has no shoes," I explained, "But you don't have no shoes. You have shoes."
Maya: Huh???
Isaac: Ohhhhhhhh, I get it.

One less Clark using double negatives makes this Grammar Nut happy.


Kyle said...

I don't not not not not not not not not not like your blog. :-)

MommaofMany said...

What a smart way to illustrate the principle of double negatives!

Faith said...

Hahaha! You had me so confused I had to read it over 3 times!Blush... I am grammar challenged too.