January 11, 2005

Overnegation alert

From a comment on Roger Simon's discussion of James Wolcott's attack on pro-war bloggers:

That Upper West Side *ex cathedra* tone of his indicates an utter lack of disinterest in anything resembling a debate or requiring any thought that cannot be contained in two paragraphs of pop cult snark. [emphasis added]

Some overnegations like fail to miss have become very common, but (at the moment) "utter lack of disinterest" has only one Google hit. The string "lack of disinterest" is commoner, though many of the examples seem to be correct uses meaning "lack of objectivity" or "lack of freedom from self-interest". Not all, though:

Each of the school board members knew what school I was writing about and not one of the nine ever visited the school to see for him or herself what was going on. In my opinion, that shows a great lack of disinterest on what is really going on in the schools.

I was once married to an illiterate moron who used phrases like "a complete lack of disinterest".

Even written true to character in LID (which she isn't on GL) I'm not as thrilled with her any more as I used to be. I don't know if it's just a general lack of disinterest in the character because there are other characters in the story that are more interesting to me.... FAR more interesting, or if the psycho Harley fans out there that have totally turned me off the character and BE as an actress in their continuous over-praising of her at the cost of other characters and actors (Lucy, Beth... Hayley Sparks and Amy Carlson) but I don't like her anymore.

i haven't updated 4 ages, due to a sudden lack of disinterest ...


Posted by Mark Liberman at January 11, 2005 11:59 PM