madjo wrote:I couldn't fail to disagree less means that you succeed in disagreeing less. You can't disagree less, means that you di...*brain melts*
Kabann wrote:madjo wrote:I couldn't fail to disagree less means that you succeed in disagreeing less. You can't disagree less, means that you di...*brain melts*
I knew, from the beginning of this journey, that it would come to this. The mysterious stranger implied there would be... discussion. We thought it meant something else. Anything but THAT, but we had been hoodwinked. Hoodwinkery such as that hadn't been seen in these lands since... but I digress.
Digression wasn't part of the deal.
Now, almost literally hours into this... discussion... I come to the thing I had most feared. The stranger's new semantic wizardry stymied me. At first I thought, no, it cannot be... it was so clear what the words foretold. But still, there was something enticing, almost seductive about the possibilities. Just a reordering of the thought process. How simple, and yet. Could it be?
I knew that I was born to disagree. I was trained to disagree - my bones tore and my muscles cracked with the pressure of what I had gone through, learning to disagree with a skill old Mac said was nearly competent.
But there was something else I knew, though I didn't dare let my mind stray that way at this precarious moment in time; the kitten would die if I didn't disagree... less. Maybe all the kittens.
I couldn't... fail. To disagree less. I had to try.
Robin S wrote:There are obviously two alternative ways to parse the statement:
"I (couldn't fail) to (disagree less)" - I had to disagree less (but not necessarily agree completely)
"I couldn't (fail to disagree) less" - I couldn't agree less
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