BIMBO comment

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"a BIMBO comment is where the speaker repeats and denies a negative, causing the listener to believe the opposite of what the speaker is trying to say." [1]

"a BIMBO comment is a negative phrase that causes the listener to believe exactly the opposite. ... particularly when another party ... has determined the negative words." [2]

This does not look like a case where the speaker intends to deceive the listener; rather more like a case where the speaker fails to persuade the listener.


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