I would never say that I don’t need to prove that I don’t need to prove that I’m opposed to cops being murdered. Because it’s obvious that I don’t need to prove that I don’t need to prove that I oppose murder, and rape, and revenge porn, and all of the other bad things. It goes without saying. And nobody would suggest that I need to prove that I need to prove that I’m opposed to bad things unless I proactively insisted that such was not the case.

So, once and for all, not only am I opposed to all the bad things, but also I don’t need to prove it. And furthermore I don’t need to prove *that*.

I hope it’s obvious. I would hate to have to prove that I don’t need to prove that I don’t need to prove that I oppose all of the bad things.

(I want Urban Dictionary credit for coining the verb “to gertrude,” meaning “to create doubt in a proposition by insisting upon it.”)

## 19 responses to “2015.33: In Which I Gertrude About Gertruding about Gertruding”

I’m so ashamed. Well, not that ashamed, but ashamed.

It may be obvious to you but I’d like to see your proof.

Where does that verb even come from? Gertrude Stein? Alice B. Toklas?

Hamlet.

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”* *- I don’t know where this ranks in terms of most frequently misquoted lines, but it has to be up there, along with “falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic” and “If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”

Misquoted and also misinterpreted. But the misinterpretation has passed into common knowledge, so I’m going with it.

“But the misinterpretation has passed into common knowledge, so I’m going with it.”

Common knowledge, two lies for the price of one.

One of the first things you learn when writing a Masters Thesis is that you cannot prove a negative.

I see that as a failure of American universities, high schools, and middle schools.

Elementary schools get a pass.

Elementary schools, yes. But does that include

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I am visiting this blog for the first time today after it was referenced by Grits For Breakfast’s latest blog… and I’m staying because this is the greatest blog entry it the history of ever. I’m not exaggerating, and I don’t have to prove it. And I certainly don’t have to prove that I don’t have to prove that I’m not exaggerating. #ToGertrude

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