An M.I.T. linguistic professor was lecturing his class.

“In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.”

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

How about that “tone”?

If you read the little joke above, the text alone can’t inscribe a specific vocal tone…  but I imagine native-speaking English readers (specifically from North America), will be able to put the “tone” into the last two words.

It’s not just what you say that matters…

It matters how you speak.  Your tone-of-voice matters when communicating.  You may be communicating with complete correctness and truth, but your tone might not convey respect.

To encourage, respect must come first.

Just a thought…