karen9 (karen9) wrote,

Sharpe books, Grammar gripe

I've finished reading the nine new Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell that I bought recently. I read them far too fast. Maybe I'll start re-reading them. It's good to like both the books and the TV series.

I noticed a prevalent speech trend cropping up in Cornwell's writing. This is the tendency to use negative positives instead of positive negatives, e.g., not happy instead of unhappy, don't like instead of dislike, etc. I'm trying to use the negatives both in my speech and my writing, but it's difficult with everyone around using the positives. At this rate antonyms are going to disappear from the English language.
Tags: grammar, sharpe

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