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Sailor Stone

Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« on: January 07, 2020, 11:34:09 PM »
I was just on a tech forum and came across this beauty of a sentence in one of the subject threads:
"Ain't nobody got no time for that."
Is this a legitimate triple negative? I will try to break it down:
Aint' (negative number one which signals the sentence to be a negative) nobody (negative number two which, like in mathematics where two negatives make a positive, now brings the sentence back to the positive) got no, (negative number three, which now brings the original negative back into line as the writer of the sentence intended for it to be, a net positive) time for that.
It's not often that I find such a sentence in the wild. Have I found the rare and elusive "triple negative"? Does anyone else ever come across a train wreck like this?
 
 

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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 12:10:58 AM »
Have I heard that used?

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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2020, 12:36:54 AM »
When it comes to vernacular, anything goes (e.g. "I'm is talking right!")
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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2020, 01:22:51 AM »
My kids love to say "We the best music" (DJ Kaled) just to hear me say, "We the worst grammar".

I've heard "aint nobody got time for that".

Maybe it's kind of like "I could care less" has replaced "I couldn't care less," and literally now means figuratively etc, etc, and so forth.
 
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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2020, 03:34:56 AM »
I don't know if it is rare, but it's a beauty - and, speaking as a Brit, it sounds right out of the southern USA, there's a lovely Yankee twang to it.
 
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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 04:54:39 AM »
It might could be.

Interestingly, some languages like French have the double negative structured into them, to mean the negative, not the negated negative. It's one source of our own double negatives in English, especially dialects of American English--the French/Creole/Cajun influences, especially among immigrants and those lacking access to formal education, historically.
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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 04:57:17 AM »
I ain't got no clue.
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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2020, 05:01:26 AM »
I never took French, but my kid is and they were warned at the beginning of the semester if they run their homework through google translate the teachers will know because google translate is really good at the sophisticated French conjugations that aren't taught until the AP level.
 
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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 06:10:28 AM »
I ain't got no clue.

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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2020, 06:16:48 AM »
It might could be.

Interestingly, some languages like French have the double negative structured into them, to mean the negative, not the negated negative. It's one source of our own double negatives in English, especially dialects of American English--the French/Creole/Cajun influences, especially among immigrants and those lacking access to formal education, historically.

Yes, and regarding the lack of access to a formal education; I believe (not one hundred percent sure on this) that there was no southern accent in the United States until after the Civil War when large rural areas were left in utter poverty and the "southern accent" grew out of a combination of local dialects that regressed from what was considered proper speak before the war.
 

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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2020, 06:24:53 AM »
It might be, or it might not be, but I can't tell one way nor the other nohow.


It might could be.

Interestingly, some languages like French have the double negative structured into them, to mean the negative, not the negated negative. It's one source of our own double negatives in English, especially dialects of American English--the French/Creole/Cajun influences, especially among immigrants and those lacking access to formal education, historically.

Yes, and regarding the lack of access to a formal education; I believe (not one hundred percent sure on this) that there was no southern accent in the United States until after the Civil War when large rural areas were left in utter poverty and the "southern accent" grew out of a combination of local dialects that regressed from what was considered proper speak before the war.


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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2020, 07:40:27 AM »
I don't know if it is rare, but it's a beauty - and, speaking as a Brit, it sounds right out of the  southern USA, there's a lovely Yankee twang to it.
Yup, you have Brit bona fides. Yankee twang isn't a Southern U.S. thing.

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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2020, 08:03:48 AM »
I don't know if it is rare, but it's a beauty - and, speaking as a Brit, it sounds right out of the southern USA, there's a lovely Yankee twang to it.

I live in the South Carolina and have heard this many times.


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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2020, 10:07:56 AM »
I don't know if it is rare, but it's a beauty - and, speaking as a Brit, it sounds right out of the southern USA, there's a lovely Yankee twang to it.

I live in the South Carolina and have heard this many times.

Ha! Good for us, I live in South Carolina as well, but what I don't see often is something like that being written in a tech forum. I think hearing it is fairly common, but seeing it in print on a forum where educated people are online is rather startling.
 

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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2020, 01:31:31 PM »
Ehhh, you just need to get rid of that "no" and it will read correctly.   :tap

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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2020, 03:09:47 PM »
I just knew Sweet Brown would make an appearance in this thread.   :icon_rofl:
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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2020, 11:55:14 PM »
I was just on a tech forum and came across this beauty of a sentence in one of the subject threads:
"Ain't nobody got no time for that."
Is this a legitimate triple negative? I will try to break it down:
Aint' (negative number one which signals the sentence to be a negative) nobody (negative number two which, like in mathematics where two negatives make a positive, now brings the sentence back to the positive) got no, (negative number three, which now brings the original negative back into line as the writer of the sentence intended for it to be, a net positive) time for that.
It's not often that I find such a sentence in the wild. Have I found the rare and elusive "triple negative"? Does anyone else ever come across a train wreck like this?


I dur say there's more negatives goin' on in that there comment.

I know I ain't got no time for no more negatives cos there ain't any more negatives I can handle right now and that right there is the only positive thing to say about that, ain't that the truth!

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Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2020, 03:07:58 AM »
I don't know if it is rare, but it's a beauty - and, speaking as a Brit, it sounds right out of the  southern USA, there's a lovely Yankee twang to it.
Yup, you have Brit bona fides. Yankee twang isn't a Southern U.S. thing.

Sorry. Didn't mean to offend.  :icon_redface:
 

elleoco

Re: Is this a rare Triple Negative?
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2020, 09:46:29 AM »
I don't know if it is rare, but it's a beauty - and, speaking as a Brit, it sounds right out of the  southern USA, there's a lovely Yankee twang to it.
Yup, you have Brit bona fides. Yankee twang isn't a Southern U.S. thing.

Sorry. Didn't mean to offend.  :icon_redface:
Oh, you took that wrong. There is no offense. I thought it was cute. Twangs tend to be New England. South is drawl.