Re: Syntax Error: I couldn't fail...

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 14:15:41 -0500

Philip Witham wrote:
> > "I couldn't fail to disagree with you less!" (1)
> I couldn't fail to agree with you more! (2)
> I couldn't fail to agree with you! (3)
> I agree with you! (4)

You can't arbitrarily eliminate the "more" between 2 and 3.
Agreeing more is not equivalent to agreeing.

The sentence cannot be resolved by cancelling the negatives. If it could,
it wouldn't be so beautiful.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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