What is the meaning of "Never see no evil"? I found this phrase on a picture of a teddy bear covering his face with his paws, and there are crosses on the ground. I'm guessing it means if you are not watchful, it's deadly dangerous, but then I think "Never see evil" would do.

Is this proper English?

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    It's grammatical if there's a movie called "No evil" in which case the Teddy bear's advising us to "Never see ‘No evil‘." With the proper punctuation the sentence makes more sense. – Mari-Lou A Apr 15 '16 at 7:09

There are the three wise monkeys who, respectively, "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil".

This is a play on that phrase, somewhat like the bear is saying "I ain't never gonna see no evil!", and covers his eyes.

It's a weak joke at best.


Never see no evil practically means "always see evil". Negating negative would always result in positive. The best way to explain this would be the rules of mathematics; "when a negative number is multiplied to another negative number, the result is positive."

  • I hope you could accept my answer if I was able to help you. I would greatly appreciate that. thanks – Archie Azares Apr 15 '16 at 6:06
  • You did. I'm sorry that's not what I meant, but I know my English is a mess. I guess what I wanted to say was that those T-shirt looked weird to me. – ezirou suzu Apr 15 '16 at 6:12
  • general rule when asking a question is to accept the answer that you think is the most helpful, or the answer that was able to answer your question. – Archie Azares Apr 15 '16 at 6:16
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    Unfortunately, your answer is unhelpful. Grammar is not mathematics. By your rule, when the Rolling Stones sing "I can't get no satisfaction," they really mean that they can get satisfaction. But that's not what the song means. Double negatives like these are considered nonstandard English, but the extra negation is usually an intensifier. – deadrat Apr 15 '16 at 6:19
  • ohh, that's what you meant.... I want to vote to your answer, because it was the best answer, but I don't have enough reputation yet to vote. – ezirou suzu Apr 15 '16 at 6:19

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