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Sep 21st 2015 at 5:58:23 PM •••

The password is not "notpassword"

Apr 23rd 2013 at 12:51:09 AM •••

This is two tropes. One, as the title would suggest is denying something so specifically that the denial is technically true, though the truth is slightly different. The other as the page quote would suggest is denying something that no one was actually accusing you of, which adds suspicion unto yourself as one wonders why they'd deny that.

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Jan 27th 2019 at 4:12:24 PM •••

Agreed. I see the first as a variation on Exact Words, where the denial is specific enough to leave open lots of other possibilities, or even one other possibilities. \"If I go ahead of you, you\'ll shoot me in the back!\" \"I would never shoot you in the back!\" And then he proceeds to either stab him in the back, or to call his name so that he turns around before shooting him.

The second variation has to be distinct from I Never Said It Was Poison. Here, the denial is not just accurate, but far more specific than needed, almost always done for comedic effect. \"What are you two up to in here?\" \"We weren\'t reading smutty fanfic!\" \"And we weren\'t correcting the spelling, either!\"

May 18th 2011 at 8:31:03 AM •••

I've reinserted the I'm not anti-Semitic, but... phrase because it's an almost perfect mirror of the BNP's opening line. I know there are a lot more people who want to destroy Israel than support the BNP and I know many people like Mr. INH might not like being compared to them, but if we are going to have one then we should have the other too.

Nov 9th 2010 at 4:03:21 AM •••

I'm not entirely certain that a lot of people understand the definition of a "denial"...

Aug 29th 2010 at 7:40:19 AM •••

Is there a particular reason the self-demonstrating part of the trope was removed?

Apr 13th 2010 at 6:08:54 PM •••

I just had quite the Swiss Moment when I saw what "A clown is a big spider..." was potholed to. :-D

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