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Creator: Pølsemanden August 5, 2012 1:06pm
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This is a phrase uttered when you don't want any trouble in a situation where someone is wanting to beat you up or something like this.

But in my head it doesn't make any sense...
I don't want no trouble.
But if you don't want no trouble - you do want some trouble - so you do want to get beat up?
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Usually that's said by uneducated people, like "don't do nothing". It's simply wrong, the correct sentence would be "I don't want trouble" or "I don't want any trouble". It's simply a matter of lack of a proper education.
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Canoas wrote:

Usually that's said by uneducated people, like "don't do nothing". It's simply wrong, the correct sentence would be "I don't want trouble" or "I don't want any trouble". It's simply a matter of lack of a proper education.


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Canoas wrote:

Usually that's said by uneducated people, like "don't do nothing". It's simply wrong, the correct sentence would be "I don't want trouble" or "I don't want any trouble". It's simply a matter of lack of a proper education.


Pretty sure that double negatives are used by people with "proper" education. Things like using litotes is a known linguistic device with a history back to the ancient Greeks...

And as far as I know that sort of grammatical structure is a necessary part of some languages (I think Hungarian is one?). With the central European diaspora, it shouldn't be surprising that it has filtered its way into common idiom.
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I DON WAN NO TRABBLE
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Your name is Donwan Notrabble?

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Mazuran wrote:

Pretty sure that double negatives are used by people with "proper" education. Things like using litotes is a known linguistic device with a history back to the ancient Greeks...

And as far as I know that sort of grammatical structure is a necessary part of some languages (I think Hungarian is one?). With the central European diaspora, it shouldn't be surprising that it has filtered its way into common idiom.

Double negative is indeed correct in the latin languages such as Portuguese or Italian, where a double negative's meaning is still negative. In English a double negative is a positive. People who use, in English, a double negative as a negative are simply uneducated, such as saying "I don't want no trouble" when what he wants to say is "I don't want any trouble".
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It is slang and while widely used it is not automatically correct. Even though language is living and subject to change I never believe this will be written into the books of grammar as anything other than an anomaly.
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So next time somebody says i don't want no trouble, it's time to **** **** up?!
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