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Genius and Ingenious

March 12, 2006

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"No. That's ignorant... you're ignorant." - South Park's Michael Jackson.

Isabella May 21, 2010, 7:58pm

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I live in North Carolina. At first I was thinking "No... I've never heard that before". However, after some thought I realized you're right. Though, I only remember "cut off" not "cut on" the lights. Perhaps giving off a tone to end the death of the lights, so to speak.

I don't hear the phrase all too often. Usually the more common "turn on/off" is said.

I do not know of its origin. This is a very interesting question! I'd like to know also.

Beletje April 13, 2009, 8:46pm

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Lada mentioned using "or" in a negative sentence, and "and" in a positive sentence.

I like chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

I don't like chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

However, you could very well say "I like chocolate or vanilla ice cream" in response to someone asking you which you like - whether as a general question, or asking for the person's order/decision on which ice cream flavor (s)he prefers.

In this case, the person is saying "I could go for either (the flavor) chocolate or vanilla for my ice cream. Either is fine with me, you can choose"... so to say.

In the second sentence Lada wrote, using "or", "I don't like chocolate or vanilla ice cream".

As others have mentioned before, you very well could say "I don't like chocolate and vanilla ice cream", which could be taken that the speaker doesn't like chocolate and vanilla ice cream TOGETHER.

^ My input.

Isabella March 15, 2009, 7:19am

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I believe "or not" is redundant.

You can consider this: "That may or may not occur".

The "may" implies that the subject may not happen; therefore, "... may or may not..." is essentially saying, "... may or may not or may not occur". There's the redundancy.

Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm only 18, lol.

Isabella March 1, 2006, 7:31pm

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