The ‘Not’

The three midgets: ‘Is’, ‘Two’ and ‘Not’. Three words that are unparralled in their ability to create mischief, leave a trail of scorched debris in their wake. I’ll get to the first two later. For now, the ‘Not.

Not; Nothing; Nonsense; Never; Neither; Neutral. They all come from the same gene. One big mischievous joint-family. [I know of no word that more annoys a trained Logician than the word ‘Not’.]

And here is how the mischief begins:

North America and South America together make up the Americas. But North America and Not-North America?

We are not quite sure what exactly is: ‘North America and Not-North America’.

‘Not quite sure?’ That’s right. Not quite sure.

And not quite sure what exactly: ‘Not quite sure’ means.

Nor the above sentence.

[Do you smell the Self-Loop, the simmering Self-Negating Expression?]