BL: neither confirm nor deny / Glomar response
Posted: 06 July 2019 09:10 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of this webpage

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Posted: 06 July 2019 04:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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fascinating discussion, Dave.

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Posted: 06 July 2019 08:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Oecolampadius - 06 July 2019 04:16 PM

fascinating discussion, Dave.

Previous thread on a related topic
http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/forums/viewthread/5340/

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Posted: 08 July 2019 11:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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At the risk of nitpicking, I would tweak the first sentence of the BL entry, which refers to a government official who “refuses” to “‘neither confirm nor deny’” something. On its face, this would seem to mean the official insists on answering the question squarely, which is of course the opposite of the intended meaning. Perhaps, “says only that they can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ the existence of a government program”. Or if you want to keep “refuses”, something like, “refuses to answer any questions about the existence of an alleged government program, saying only that they can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ its existence.”

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Posted: 08 July 2019 03:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Corrected. Thanks.

And it’s not a nitpick. It was an illogical sentence. (I had started writing it one way, changed it, and then didn’t catch the error in editing.)

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