It might not be as snappy as "I can't get no satisfaction" or "We don't need no education", but could another phrase - "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" - be set to join the list of famous double negatives?
On Monday, to the shock of many US lawmakers, US President Donald Trump said he couldn't see any reason why Russia would meddle in the 2016 US election.
But he has now sought to clarify, saying he had misspoken.
"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't' or 'why it wouldn't be Russia'. Sort of a double negative," he said.
It is the last reference that has been seized on. Fans of easy-to-read sentences might want to avert their eyes.
First, a definition.
Double negative = A syntactic construction in which two negative words are used in the same clause to express a single negation.— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) July 17, 2018
E.g. If President Trump had said there's no reason it wouldn't not be Russia that hacked our election, it would have been a double negative. https://t.co/6OKdJ5wD09
Double negatives might be frowned upon - Oxford Dictionaries advises "you should avoid them in all but very informal situations" - but they are common and generally understood.
In its look at the topic, VOA discusses President Obama's phrase "time is not unlimited" in reference to the Iranian nuclear issue.
But Mr Trump's explanation has raised eyebrows.
Ah, the old “double negative” excuse.— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) July 17, 2018
Who among us hasn't not used accidentally on purpose what wasn't not surely unlikely to be perhaps certainly correctly misconstrued language that didn't sound incorrect until we misread the transcript? #doublenegative— Rich Schoenstein (@richschoenstein) July 17, 2018
"I know. I know. Say you meant to say, 'Let them NOT eat cake.' That should do it."— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) July 17, 2018
A Conservative critic of Mr Trump, Ben Shapiro, joined in.
“I can’t see any reason it wouldn’t be Russia. You know, like I can’t believe it’s not butter. A double negative.”— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 17, 2018
History has been revisited.
"The only thing we don't have to fear isn't fear itself." - Franklin Roosevelt #DoubleNegative— Cody Pomeranz (@CodyPom13) July 17, 2018
Nixon: “I am not NOT a crook.”— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 17, 2018
Socrates: "I misspoke. I meant to say I WOULDN'T want hemlock! And the unexamined life IS worth living."— Nolen Gertz (@ethicistforhire) July 17, 2018
Song lyrics have been adjusted
"yes, yes, there are limits" 2Unlimited— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam) July 17, 2018
"I will dance again, guilty feet have loads of rhythm" George Michael
"Stop" Moby #Trump
Might actually give you up, will probably let you down, may in fact run around and hurt you..— Flic Everett (@fliceverett) July 17, 2018
There were also references to other esoteric bits of grammar...
... as well as another famous Trump phrase.
With the double negative defense, can we at least declare covfefe is dead?— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) July 17, 2018