It's only relative

10th November 2000 at 00:00
Ill-founded rumour - never a Jotter trademark - suggests that an Einstein-ish brainbox devised last session's Higher maths paper, the subject of much controversy. He was challenged at a setters' meeting. "But these are the same questions as last year," a colleague protested. "True, but the answers are different," he mysteriously replied.

No, no

A proessor of literature in a Glasgow university was discussing the merits of the double negative implying the positive. "For example, 'there's no way I'm not going to that party' means 'I'm definitely going'. Only in English and Russian does this unique set of circumstances apply."

"Aye, right," said a suspicious voice from his attentive learners.


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