What is a song that uses the literary device, litotes?

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Sep 5, 2016


BTO's "You ain't seen nothing yet"


Litotes are expressions that use a negative phraseology to indicate a positive one. A common one is "...not bad" - meaning that it's good, as in:

"This sandwich is not bad" - meaning that it's good.


The song that came to mind for the question is Bachman Turner Overdrive's "You ain't seen nothing yet" - meaning you are going to see something impressive. And within the chorus is the line "Here's something that you never gonna forget" - meaning you are going to remember for a very long time.

Here's the chorus:

And said,
You ain't seen nothin' yet
B-b-b-baby, you just ain't seen n-n-nothin' yet
Here's something that you never gonna forget
B-b-b-baby, you just ain't seen n-n-nothin' yet

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