Wit

4th January 2005

Best part of a recent New York Times Magazine article �Sidewalk Socrates.� Sidney Morgenbesser was a professor of philosophy at Columbia known for his quick wit. Philosopher J.L. Austin was giving a talk on the philosophy of language�

�Austin noted that while a double negative amounts to a positive, never does a double positive amount to a negative. From the audience, a familiar nasal voice muttered a dismissive, �Yeah, yeah.�