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    I need information of the history, meaning and application of the ff:

    "East is east n west is west n the twain will never meet" (something like this) 2nd posting

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    Re: idiom

    It's a quotation from the writer Rudyard Kipling:
    East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet

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    Re: idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's a quotation from the writer Rudyard Kipling:
    East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet
    Why is the negative inversion missing?
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    Shouldn't it be? :
    "East is East and West is West and never shall the twain meet."

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    Re: idiom

    Poetic licence.

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    Re: idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Poetic licence
    But doesn't it also imply a different meaning?
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    "...never shall the twain meet." (negative inversion)
    "...never the twain shall meet." ("never the twain (but something else) shall meet")

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    Re: idiom

    The wording at the beginning makes it clear what is not meeting what.

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