More double negative jokes

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I think this one is the funniest:

But there are lots more. A small sample of the more light-hearted ones:

And of course there's Tom Lehrer's Electric Company song:


  1. EvelynU said,

    July 18, 2018 @ 10:22 am

    This is the first time I've ever heard anyone explain that the mistake they made was in NOT using a double negative! His original statement had no double negative at all. Oops. I meant to throw one in! here I was, speaking all plain, when I meant to be obfuscating!

  2. cameron said,

    July 18, 2018 @ 10:23 am

    The "ask not" one missed an opportunity to insert another negation. It should be "ask not what your country can't do for you, ask not what you can't do for your country".

  3. ErikF said,

    July 18, 2018 @ 11:17 am

    The Chamberlain quote could be further clarified to "I don't not believe that it isn't not peace in our time." Hmmm, I wonder if you could use steganographic techniques to hide a message inside the double negatives: I'll have to ponder that some more!

  4. Keith said,

    July 18, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    "The only thing we don't have to fear isn't fear itself."
    Shouldn't that have not been attributed to Franklisn't Roosevelt?

  5. matt regan said,

    July 18, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

    Rightly to be Trump is not to stir without great argument, but Trumply to find quarrel in a "not". When Putin's at the stake.

  6. chris said,

    July 21, 2018 @ 12:21 pm

    ISTM Hayden missed a chance to say "Who don't you think you're not kidding?" and "How dumb don't you think we aren't?"
    But I can't deny that it might not have been the case that the phenomenon hadn't failed to reach full steam yet.

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