I read this in some novel. It goes like

"There was an artists' lounge backstage. Not that anybody called it it that - only Roxana"

What does it mean here?

  • It'd be nice to know what novel it's from. Anyway, I think it's "Not that anybody called it that". Only one that. Also, see: not that "used for adding a negative statement that reduces the effect or the importance of what you have just said". Mar 14, 2015 at 12:39
  • From Elif Shafak's novel. @damekerng T.
    – Ardis Ell
    Mar 14, 2015 at 14:30

1 Answer 1


"Not that" negates a sentence and shows a contrast with the implications of the previous sentence. It's like a combination of "but" and "not". After the first sentence, the reader would expect all of the characters to call the room an artists' lounge. But the second sentence says no -- only Roxana does that.

Here's another version of your example:

The room backstage was an artists' lounge, but nobody called it that except Roxana.

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