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Thread #132499   Message #4066996
Posted By: Lighter
02-Aug-20 - 10:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
> Why don't they just say "This seems to be a 'brushing scam'.

Because it's more definitive to say we have *no* evidence than possibly to imply, by omission, that we *might* have some, but if we do, we're ignoring it.


1. "We have no evidence that alien spacecraft are real."

2. "Alien spacecraft seem not to be real."

The statements are not precisely equivalent - particularly if you're an official spokesperson (or a trial witness), whose statements may be scrutinized for weasel words.