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Triple Negative

I would not think there is not a single professor at Harvard who is not ambitious, in the sense of intellectually ambitious,” [says Harvard] Psychology Department Chair Susan Carey.

Margaret Soltan, September 15, 2010 5:53AM
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5 Responses to “Triple Negative”

  1. theprofessor Says:


    My brain will hurt for the rest of the day after reading that.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: It does have a mesmerizing power, I warn you. I’ve thought about it – tried to make it make sense – for a couple of days now.

  3. Peter Says:

    My best attempt at untangling it so far has been:

    “I would not think any Harvard professor lacks ambition” (or “is unambitious”?)

    I’m assuming there, of course, that “any” can contain the negative connotation of “not a single”. Still, whatever happened to concision and pithiness?

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    That’s good, Peter. Better than I was able to do.

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