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"H. S. Teoh" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
David McCann wrote:
> [...]
> > But it's true that languages can get up to anything. "He saw nothing"
> > is a silly construction, but the effect of writing has blocked the
> > natural evolution to "he didn't see nothing" in educated speech. 
>
> That reminds me of this joke:
>
>  Nobody is perfect. 
>  I am Nobody. 

Which is better:  1. complete happiness in life  or  2. a ham sandwich ?

Answer: a ham sandwich

because
   a. nothing is better than complete happiness in life
   b. a ham sandwich is better than nothing