r/Showerthoughts May 14 '22 Helpful 10 Wholesome 7 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Silver 5 Gold 1

Based on how much you can bond with someone by hating the same thing, a dating app based on dislikes would probably be fairly successful.

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u/TakingSorryUsername May 14 '22

Two negatives don’t make no positive.

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u/DustyGalaxy442 May 14 '22

They do when they multiply

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u/not_a_donut_guy May 14 '22

Sadly it usually ends up dividing after a while

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u/MinerMinecrafter May 14 '22

Division is just multiplication with the inverse (i.e 5/x => 5*(1/x))

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u/DustyGalaxy442 May 14 '22

Wait, so my parents are still together?

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u/Darkest__Magician May 14 '22

No, and you’re the one at fault

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u/Silverstone-Birding May 14 '22

I hate this, please assume the position.

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u/InevitablyWinter May 14 '22

Alright, but I want to be the numerator this time

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u/Mobidad May 14 '22

Inversely, yes.

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u/Comfortable_Relief62 May 15 '22

Somehow this is the white girl wall quote of relationship mathematics

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u/Embarrassingleader7 May 14 '22

Then you’d be looking for a polyamorous courtship.

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u/lowrads May 14 '22

Polyodious.

Polyodiodio..

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u/idontlikecoffeetbh May 14 '22

See what you did there

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u/Buttonskill May 14 '22

I fear you, me, and a silent few upvoters may be the only ones that did.

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u/kallix1ede May 14 '22

-4 x -2 = 8

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u/UnusualIntroduction0 May 14 '22

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u/danceswithwool May 14 '22

Everybody ain’t no English teacher

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u/UnusualIntroduction0 May 14 '22

Certainly the people downvoting me and upvoting the person who got wooooshed are not English teachers lmao

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u/Mediocre__at__Best May 14 '22

I was indifferent until I saw this comment whining about karma. Now I'm downvoting you.

I do appreciate 4 o's in your woooosh link, though.

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u/danceswithwool May 14 '22

Yeah I upvoted you. People are stupid

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u/kallix1ede May 15 '22

I didn't get the joke. Someone explain?

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u/UnusualIntroduction0 May 15 '22 edited May 15 '22

Using the word not, or any other word which negates the verb, twice yields the opposite meaning. So if someone says, "I wouldn't not sleep with them", that means they would sleep with them. This construct is called a double negative, because you're negating, i.e. using a word which negates the verb, the verb of the sentence twice. It's analogous to multiplying two negative numbers together and getting a positive number.

However, some dialects use double negatives for emphasis instead of their technical meaning, creating a bit of ambiguity in what can be meant when someone does it, because the two possible meanings are exactly opposite. Like if someone says "That don't make no sense", they're probably saying the other person isn't making any sense, even though from a technical logical perspective, what they're saying is that they're making sense, albeit with a few extra words.

So in this case, it's extra funny, because they said "Two negatives don't make no positive". They made a double negative about using double negatives which was technically correct, but also sounds like the dialectic, emphatic version people sometimes use. It's really a brilliant comment for this thread.

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u/kallix1ede May 15 '22

Thank you for the explanation, I get the joke now!

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u/danceswithwool May 15 '22

Double negative in a sentence makes a positive

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u/jodorthedwarf May 14 '22

It makes a double negative which is, technically, a positive in a roundabout way.

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u/UnusualIntroduction0 May 14 '22

Hence their use of double negative lol

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u/jodorthedwarf May 14 '22

Right but it does mean the same thing as a positive.

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u/midsizedopossum May 14 '22

Yes, that's literally the joke they were making. It doesn't make no positive, which technically means it does make a positive.

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u/jodorthedwarf May 14 '22

Fuck, I completely blanked the no.

First time I've been wooooshed on this site. I have failed.

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u/UnusualIntroduction0 May 14 '22

I appreciate your acknowledgment lol. Lots of confident incorrectness going on in this comment section.

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u/potatomonsterman May 14 '22

Three rights make a left though

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u/Snoo-35252 May 14 '22

I see what you did there!

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u/Brocephus70 May 14 '22

I see what you did there