Mind Bites


Sarcasm from a Beautiful Mind

In the early 1950′s, the esteemed Oxford linguistic philosopher J. L. Austin came to Columbia to present a paper about the structural analysis of language. He pointed out that, in English, although a double negative implies a positive meaning (i.e. “I’m not unlike my father…”), there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative. “Yeah, yeah,scoffed Morgenbesser from the back of the auditorium.

Sidney Morgenbesser
Sidney Morgenbesser

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