Date: Mon, 18 Sep 1995 13:50:55 CDT From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: no mishaps Maybe "barring no mishaps" is a shortened form of "not barring no mishaps." I'm serious here. The augmented negative is the norm in so many people's speech that this, to me, would be a logical development for speakers of dialects with augmented negation. DMLance