Date: Sun, 9 Oct 1994 15:57:21 GMT
From: "Warren A. Brewer" NCUT054[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TWNMOE10.BITNET
RE: I don't care to ("I don't mind")
Isadore of Seville might've called this antiphrasis. His neatest
example is "Canis a non canendo," a dog is called CANIS because
it can't sing (CANERE).
Cf. other Isodorean possibilities:
Literally: I literally busted a gut laughing (because it was really
Rush-hour traffic: Because nobody can rush anywhere.
Humane Society: Because they could care less about humans.
They could care less: Because they couldn't.
That's okay: Because it's not okay.
Antilogies: Borrow me your book (= loan); What are you inferring
There was no love lost between us. (We loved each other
completely -- We loathed each other.)
I am willing to work more, if not thrilled at the prospect.
(I am thrilled ~ I am not thrilled)
You lucked out. (You're out of luck -- You're lucky.)
Bad means good. War means peace. If a woman says no...