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One-Liner Wednesday – Ain’t got no clue

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Can anyone explain to me why in math, two negatives added together make another negative, but in English, two negatives make a positive?

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46 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday – Ain’t got no clue

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  2. Drawing a number line always helped me with that.

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  4. Durrrrr???😥🤔 Math was never my strong point!

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  6. Somethings you just have to take on faith with a grain of salt.

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  9. All I can figure is that English uses logical comparisons, kind of like saying “A => B” (A implies B) is the same as “NOT (A & NOT B).” Or something like that…

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  11. And I was always taught 2 wrongs (negative) don’t make a (positive) right! lol

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  13. I’m sure whatever Dan said is right.

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  15. I was just going to go with the answer that it was English and English’s rules are really more guidelines than rules.

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  18. Addition, multiplication, positive, negative, when added two negatives increase (become a bigger negative), but when multiplied they become a positive…huh? That’s why I stick to words, not numbers…and wine.
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  19. I’m going to feel stupid when someone points out to me that this is a rhetorical question (and a good one) – but I answer them all the time.

    Worse yet, I’m going to give you a math-based answer. if you multiply -2 x -2, the answer is 4 – in English, “I am not not going there” is kinda-sorta multiplication, as opposed to “I am not going there, really, I’m not.” So, it works the same way…if your head is more math-based than English-based.

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  21. Let me see Linda if I can help u.
    In Maths: you are in negative, still you fetch one more then you get into one more negative.
    In English:Two negative person meet n share their emotions, the two strike into conversation n try to help each other, hence it converts to positive notions. 😛

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  23. I don’t ain’t got no idea.

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