Epistles of Thomas

March 18, 2010

Use of not to negate a statement

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In recent years there has been a fad which involves making a statement and then ending with “not,” thus emphasising the negative nature of your statement. I thought this was a recent phenomenon until I read this:

“She’d thank me for calling a cop–not.”

This is taken from a book published in 1917! You can check it out yourself on Archive.org.

Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd, How Could You, Jean? New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1917. 56.

P.S. I also like this quotation: “People don’t seem so interesting when they live right around you. You take them for granted. It doesn’t occur to you that things are happening to them every day–that all the really big things do happen to them.” 66

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