Hoping for an Earthquake
Posted by Neal on April 8, 2010
Glen sent me a link to a page of photos of an amazingly perilous path up a mountain in China, a path ending at a teahouse. He was struck by the caption on one of the pictures:
Let’s hope no one gets a sudden cramp or that the area gets hit by an earthquake !!
Glen’s comment: “I guess the negation in ‘no one’ is supposed to scope over the earthquake clause?” I’d say yes — otherwise, the writer is suggesting that an earthquake is one of two events that we should hope for. This sentence reminds me most of the one from this post, where the negation inside the quantified subject scopes over two clauses:
No one measures I.Q. points when you apply for a job and you are then paired with fellow employees who are of your mental ability.