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Posted: 27 Jan 05, 08:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

its been puzzling me and a group of mates for a while now, in the song livin on my own, freddie says he dont have no time for no mnkey business, the thing is, thats a double negative, so what we need to know is, did he or didnt he have time for a bit of the old monkey business?

any help is greatly appreciated.


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Posted: 27 Jan 05, 08:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

its clear from the lyrics......he didnt not have no time for no monkey business.....come on now! lol


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Posted: 27 Jan 05, 08:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The double no is simply a rhetoric mode for emphasizing the said thing. Hence, he had NO time for it.

"I ain't got no money" means I don't have money. You just stress the fact.


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Posted: 27 Jan 05, 08:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it really isnt too clear though, i mean he says he DONT have NO time for NO monkery business, so he could have had plenty of time. it really is confusing


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Posted: 27 Jan 05, 09:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would respectfully suggest that you and your mates should get out more !


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Posted: 27 Jan 05, 10:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mr-farrokh-bulsara-esq wrote:

it really isnt too clear though, i mean he says he DONT have NO time for NO monkery business, so he could have had plenty of time. it really is confusing


You'd better ask this guys who made English language. If this line would be translated into Russian - word by word - the line would be sounds pretty strange.

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Posted: 27 Jan 05, 10:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

o.k............


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Posted: 27 Jan 05, 18:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Double negatives are just a slangy way of expressing negation. I dont have no time for no monkey business = he didnt have any time for it :)


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Posted: 28 Jan 05, 07:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well clearly he didn't have time for monkey-business, since "I DON'T have NO time for NO monkey-business" is a TRIPLE NEGATIVE.







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Posted: 28 Jan 05, 09:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's like Pink Floyd's " We don't need no education "

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Posted: 28 Jan 05, 16:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bohardy wrote:

Well clearly he didn't have time for monkey-business, since "I DON'T have NO time for NO monkey-business" is a TRIPLE NEGATIVE.






ahh you're correct then, he had a lot of time for doing no monkey business, case solved, thank you!

but he didnt say he never did any monkey business in the past, so the case is still open i say. as he was talking in present tense.


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Posted: 02 Feb 05, 18:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Depends on what you call monkey business ... I think he just wrote a song to make it clear - with a triple negative - that he definitely doesnt have any time for any monkey business.

Anyway, he wrote a song about TIME - its called Time.


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Posted: 22 Aug 07, 01:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


i wonder if jonathan fletcher has any time for no MONKEY business?

what do you think?


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Posted: 22 Aug 07, 09:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jim_jenkins4life wrote:


i wonder if jonathan fletcher has any time for no MONKEY business?

what do you think?

I think you are a necrophile, pointlessly digging up a dead thread.

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Posted: 22 Aug 07, 13:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 22 Aug 07, 20:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie simply spent too much time studying Sparky Anderson and Yogi Berra 'how to speak English' textbooks.


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Posted: 25 Aug 07, 22:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it is interesting how Freddie starts to sing about the importance of time in this period of his career...eg Time single, WWTLF, a good portion of the Innuendo album. Some of the band's most amazing accomplishments, like Rock in Rio and Live Aid, also occur around the point when Freddie released the MBG album.

@ whether he ain't got no time, ain't got no monkey or business for the monkey, and what kind of business would a monkey engage in? is known only to Freddie :P


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Posted: 26 Aug 07, 06:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Only one answer:

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Posted: 27 Aug 07, 14:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mr-farrokh-bulsara-esq wrote:

it really isnt too clear though, i mean he says he DONT have NO time for NO monkery business, so he could have had plenty of time. it really is confusing

it's simple maths - not english
two negatives = one positive
therefore any EVEN number of Negatives = positive outcome
which must mean any ODD number for negatives = NEGATIVE outcome

Don't, No + No = Negative ;-)


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