Andrey (azangru) wrote,
Andrey
azangru

I wonder if anyone is bothered by how "noone"/"nobody" in these formulaic tweets stands in place of "everyone". There is some sort of grammatical tension here as the semantics of the pronoun struggles with the formula:



(example copied from the know-your-meme page; the actual tweets that I’ve been seeing with increasing frequency were different)

Martin Gardner gave it some thought in Annotated Alice, writing "Mathematicians, logicians, and some metaphysicians like to treat zero, the null class, and Nothing as if they were Something, and Carroll was no exception".
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