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Quick Write 120211 "Never fails to disappoint”

Read and consider the following passage taken from "Language Log".

“Nahm never fails to disappoint on flavour & service. Dishes are complex yet superbly balanced & always beautifully presented. If you're new or not confident with Thai food the staff are very attentive & knowledgeable. “

Is it criticism or praise? Apparently it’s meant to be praise given that it’s a restaurant review. “Never fails to disappoint” means “Always disappoint”, right? Here is math-like, formula-like explanation retrieved from the article. I hope it helps you see the issue even more clearly.

Disappointing someone is basically the contradictory of satisfying them.
So we have: satisfy = NOT disappoint.
Failing to do something means not doing it (in a context where there's some suggestion that you should have done it). So we have: fail to disappoint = NOT disappoint = satisfy
Never adds another negation: never fail to disappoint = NOT ever NOT disappoint = NOT ever satisfy

Then I’ll think of some spin-off sentences using “never fails to disappoint”.

1) I’ve checked out a newly opened café near the station, and you know what? You should never go. It never fails to disappoint anyone who can tell the difference between coffee and tea.
2) Oh, just be easy on me, please. I just whipped off presentation slides last night, and I guarantee it never fails to disappoint the audience.
3) He’s teaching this class? Oh, we’re doomed from the start. I know his lecture is super-boring and never fails to disappoint and bore students to death. I’d better drop it and retake the class next semester. (No worries, readers. The faculty of my grad school is superb!)
 
(20 minutes / 277 words)

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