Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had" is a song about her saying good riddance to her boyfriend. It has some cleverly engineered but contradictory sounding lyrics:
- "You turned out to be the best thing I never had"
- "I will always be the best thing you never had"
- "I will never be the best thing you never had"
Sentences 1 and 2 use exactly the same phrase "the best thing never had" to mean directly opposing things for You and I. While sentences 2 and 3 seem to flatly contradict each other, but mean the same thing. How come?
The internet has enabled me to research something I noticed over 20 years ago. I remember watching an ITV mini-series in the 1980s that had a dramatic and memorable theme tune. Soon after, Pet Shop Boys released their massive hit "It's a Sin" and I was amazed.