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* In "The Neck Rolls Aren't Working" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants:
-->''This gut wrench''
-->''I'm using to fix the bad drainpipe''
-->''That's leaking all over my gut wrench''
-->''Is right on the brink of destroying''
-->''My chances''
-->''Of wrecking my chances of wrecking''
-->''Any last hope of destroying''
-->''Any last hope that I had''


->'''DJ''': [[ConfusingMultipleNegatives So, you're not saying that I'm not allowed to not go, right?]]

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->'''DJ''': [[ConfusingMultipleNegatives So, you're not saying that I'm not allowed to not go, right?]]right?


* In Québecois (French spoken in Québec), it's customary to talk in double negatives for a wide variety of subject without being sarcastic. You feel not bad. It's not hot outside. Things are not far or not close. And your date is not ugly (and that's acompliment...really).

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* In Québecois (French spoken in Québec), it's customary to talk in double negatives for a wide variety of subject without being sarcastic. You feel not bad. It's not hot outside. Things are not far or not close. And your date is not ugly (and that's acompliment...really). For native speakers, it's not confusing, but for French-speaking individuals from other countries, it may sound overly complicated.


* ''VideoGame/BabaIsYou'' has a level where you are given more than ten "Not" keywords. The point is to use them to make a sentence across an impassable obstacle.

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* ''VideoGame/BabaIsYou'' has a level where you are given more than ten nine "Not" keywords. The point is to use them to make a sentence across an impassable obstacle.

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* ''VideoGame/BabaIsYou'' has a level where you are given more than ten "Not" keywords. The point is to use them to make a sentence across an impassable obstacle.

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* In ''Film/LittleBigMan'', Jack Crabb tries to warn Custer about the Indians waiting to ambush him urging him to go down if he's brave enough:
-->'''Jack Crabb''': General, you go down there.\\
'''General Custer''': You're advising me to go into the Coulee?\\
'''Jack Crabb''': Yes sir.\\
'''General Custer''': There are no Indians there, I suppose.\\
'''Jack Crabb''': I didn't say that. There are thousands of Indians down there. And when they get done with you, there won't be nothing left but a greasy spot. This ain't the Washita River, General, and them ain't helpless women and children waiting for you. They're Cheyenne brave, and Sioux. You go down there, General, if you've got the nerve.\\
'''General Custer''': Still trying to outsmart me, aren't you, mule-skinner. You want me to think that you don't want me to go down there, but the subtle truth is you really ''don't'' want me to go down there!


* In 1858, Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln had a series of debates for the Senate seat in Illinois. In Freeport, Lincoln asked Douglas if a territory could legally exclude slavery before statehood by popular vote. Knowing that a simple yes or no response could hurt his chances for being elected to the Senate, he came up with the elaborate Freeport Doctrine, accepting the Supreme Court's 1857 decision of ''Dred Scott v. Sandford'', and at the same time, saying that a territory could discourage slavery if it failed to pass laws that kept slaves under control. This enabled Douglas to gain the Senate seat for Illinois [[note]]which was then chosen by the state legislature[[/note]] and proved to be a short-lived victory, as Douglas would lose the 1860 presidential election to Lincoln and eventually died in 1861.

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* In 1858, Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln had a series of debates for the Senate seat in Illinois. In Freeport, At the Freeport debate, Lincoln asked Douglas if a territory could legally exclude slavery before statehood by popular vote. sovereignty, on which Douglas had based his political career. Knowing that a simple yes or no response could hurt his chances for being elected to the Senate, he came up with the elaborate [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeport_Doctrine Freeport Doctrine, Doctrine]], accepting the Supreme Court's 1857 decision of ''Dred Scott v. Sandford'', and at the same time, saying that a territory could discourage slavery if it failed to pass laws that kept slaves under control. In Douglas's own words: "If the people are opposed to slavery, they will elect representatives to that body who will by unfriendly legislation effectually prevent the introduction of it into their midst. If, on the contrary, they are for it, their legislation will favor its extension." This enabled Douglas to gain the Senate seat for Illinois [[note]]which was then chosen by the state legislature[[/note]] and proved to be a short-lived victory, as Douglas would lose the 1860 presidential election to Lincoln and eventually died die in 1861.


It's not impossible [[labelnote:4]]"possible"[[/labelnote]] to make a StealthInsult with this type of dialogue, by failing to resist not avoiding insulting [[labelnote:5]]"going ahead and insulting"[[/labelnote]] someone in a way that they're incapable of being unoffended by [[labelnote:6]]you know will offend them[[/labelnote]]. Alternatively, as in a SarcasticConfession, it's not impossible [[labelnote:7]]"possible"[[/labelnote]] to not promise you didn't do [[labelnote:8]]"admit"[[/labelnote]] something while not appearing to avoid denying [[labelnote:9]]"admitting"[[/labelnote]] it. This trope is not entirely unrelated to [[labelnote:10]]"is related to"[[/labelnote]] SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. Also not uncommon where ExactWords isn't known not to be [[labelnote:11]]"is"[[/labelnote]] in play. IKnowYouKnowIKnow conveys a similar degree of semantic confusion. This is also not dissimilar [[labelnote:12]]"similar"[[/labelnote]] to [[NoMeansYes No Does Not Avoid Meaning Yes]][[labelnote:13]]"No Means Yes"[[/labelnote]].

Finally, it is possible in English for double negatives to convey shades of meaning that positives cannot, as in "unable not to," as not equivalent to "able to."[[labelnote:14]]the latter implies the ability to refrain from the action or behaviour in question; the former denies it[[/labelnote]]

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It's not impossible [[labelnote:4]]"possible"[[/labelnote]] to make a StealthInsult with this type of dialogue, by failing to resist not avoiding insulting [[labelnote:5]]"going ahead and insulting"[[/labelnote]] someone in a way that they're incapable of being unoffended by [[labelnote:6]]you know will offend them[[/labelnote]]. Alternatively, as in a SarcasticConfession, it's not impossible [[labelnote:7]]"possible"[[/labelnote]] to not promise you didn't do [[labelnote:8]]"admit"[[/labelnote]] something while not appearing to avoid denying [[labelnote:9]]"admitting"[[/labelnote]] it. This trope is not entirely unrelated to [[labelnote:10]]"is related to"[[/labelnote]] SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. Also not uncommon [[labelnote:11]]"common"[[/labelnote]] where ExactWords isn't known not to be [[labelnote:11]]"is"[[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:12]]"is"[[/labelnote]] in play. IKnowYouKnowIKnow conveys a similar degree of semantic confusion. This is also not dissimilar [[labelnote:12]]"similar"[[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:13]]"similar"[[/labelnote]] to [[NoMeansYes No Does Not Avoid Meaning Yes]][[labelnote:13]]"No Yes]][[labelnote:14]]"No Means Yes"[[/labelnote]].

Finally, it is possible in English for double negatives to convey shades of meaning that positives cannot, as in "unable not to," as not equivalent to "able to."[[labelnote:14]]the "[[labelnote:15]]the latter implies the ability to refrain from the action or behaviour in question; the former denies it[[/labelnote]]


* An episode of Series/FullHouse features this back-and-forth leading up to this trope:
->'''DJ''': There's a summer study program in Barcelona.
->'''Danny''': No.
->'''DJ''': I'll get to live with a Spanish family.
->'''Danny''': No.
->'''DJ''': I'll get to study the language and expand my horizons!
->'''Danny''': No.
->'''DJ''': Doesn't that sound exciting?
->'''Danny''': No!
->'''DJ''': [[ConfusingMultipleNegatives So, you're not saying that I'm not allowed to not go, right?]]
->'''Danny''': What'd you just say?
->'''DJ''': I don't know I just wanted to get you off that "no" thing.



** Also Brother Faith from the episode "Faith Off": "Now correct me if I'm incorrect, but was I told it's untrue that people in Springfield have no faith? Was I not misinformed?"

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** Also Brother Faith from the episode "Faith Off": "Now correct me if I'm incorrect, but was I told it's untrue that people in Springfield have no faith? Was I not misinformed?"misinformed?" [[note]]'''Brother Faith''': The answer I'm looking for is "yes."[[/note]]


* Billy Preston's 1974 hit song features "Nothing from nothing leaves nothin', You gotta have somethin', if you wanna be with me..."


* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In the episode "Message Received", Steven compliments Peridot by saying his initial assessment was right.
-->'''Steven:''' I was so wrong about being so wrong about you!!

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
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In the episode "Message Received", Steven compliments Peridot by saying his initial assessment was right.
-->'''Steven:''' --->'''Steven:''' I was so wrong about being so wrong about you!!you!
** In "The Question", Ruby goes off by herself after an argument with Sapphire and [[ItMakesSenseInContext tries living as a lonesome cowboy]]. She finds she still misses Sapphire, however, and grouses "Turns out I'm no good at not needin' nobody."


* Used in Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth, where the object is to smuggle truths past unnoticed amid a lecture that is most lies:

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* Used in Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth, where the object is to smuggle truths past unnoticed amid a lecture that is most mostly lies:


* Used in [[Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth]] where the object is to smuggle truths past unnoticed amid a lecture that is most lies:

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* Used in [[Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth]] Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth, where the object is to smuggle truths past unnoticed amid a lecture that is most lies:

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*Used in [[Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth]] where the object is to smuggle truths past unnoticed amid a lecture that is most lies:
-->'''John Finnemore''': It is a myth that it is a myth that crocodiles cry crocodile tears, so it would be wrong to say that they don't.


-> '''Prince Charming:''' You! You can't lie. So tell me, puppet, where is Shrek?\\
'''Pinocchio:''' Uh, I don't know where he's not.\\
'''Prince Charming:''' You're telling me you don't know where Shrek is?\\

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-> '''Prince Charming:''' You! You can't lie. So tell me, puppet, where is Shrek?\\
'''Pinocchio:''' Uh, I don't know where he's not.\\
'''Prince
->'''Prince Charming:''' You're telling me you don't know where Shrek is?\\



'''Prince Charming:''' Stop it!\\
'''Pinocchio:''' ...do or do not know where he shouldn't probably be, if that indeed wasn't where he isn't. Even if he wasn't at where I knew he was...

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'''Prince Charming:''' Stop it!\\
'''Pinocchio:''' ...do or do not know where he shouldn't probably be, if that indeed wasn't where he isn't. Even if he wasn't at where I knew he was...
it!


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