On hearing the the politician expression, “I don’t know nothing about it…” a reporter took the opportunity to explain about double negatives to the politician.
The reporter explained, “In the English language a double negative makes the statement positive, so your assertion that you ‘don’t know nothing about it’ is actually an admission that you do know something about it.”
Encouraged by the interest in this revelation among those in the room, the reporter went on to demonstrate more of his knowledge of world languages: “Of course not all languages operate according to the same grammatical rules, for example, in Russia, a double negative remains negative, although perhaps surprisingly, there is not a single language anywhere in the world in which a double positive makes a negative..”
At which point the politician called out ironically “Yeah, right..”
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