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Old 10-04-2010, 02:43 PM
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I just received a subscription request from Ms. Magazine, telling me that
they will bring me "Content and design that will not be uncompromised by the demands of advertising."

Somehow, I don't think they meant to say that.
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:45 PM
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They should hire you as a copyeditor, Gail!
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In case anybody is interested, I understand there are photographs on the internet (and possibly available through Ms. Magazine) of Gail White in an uncompromising position.

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Old 10-04-2010, 05:40 PM
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Litotes, I think. Like saying Cantor is not an ungenerous critic.
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I'd never not say that.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:49 PM
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Me neither as well.

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Old 10-04-2010, 10:19 PM
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"Content and design that will not be uncompromised by the demands of advertising."

Somehow, I don't think they meant to say that.
Is it barely possible that they did mean to say exactly that (and mean it), but in such a way as to appear merely confused while stating the truth and appearing mod and post-denotatively disingenuous? A magazine lives on its ads. They weren't lying, even by mistake. They surely have legal on retainer, if not on staff.

By they way, to my eyes those pumps on the internet would have been less compromising if they had been wedgies.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:15 AM
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As the parent of a teenager, I can testify that two positives make a negative:

"Yeah, right."
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Elvis's triple negative takes some beating:

Nobody never gave nothing to me.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:59 AM
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What about Orwell's double plus ungood? Though I know that's not what he meant. Nobody don't know nuffin, these days.
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