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Guestmudgeon Mike P would like you to tend to be logical

To me, the most annoying misuse, or possibly misunderstanding, of our wonderful language is when people say "I don't tend to" when they really men "I tend not to". The second statement is telling us that they have an active tendency to not do something, whereas the first is telling us that they do not have an active tendency to do something - two very different logical results.

Logically they are indeed different! 

Have you heard or read similar or equally distressing usages?

Do tell us. 

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