Originally Posted by Patrician
And in English that means exactly what?
What exactly is it you don't understand? Preterition means (look it up) that I explained in what way I am a fencer (how long I have fenced, etc.) while appearing to deny being one. It's a joke
. It's a figure of speech found in all Western languages, including English and French, and you don't have to know its name to use it.