"What part of no don't you understand?"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 24 20:58:53 UTC 2012

That was certainly the Dear Abby sentiment, but that's in the early
1980s. I wasn't around in 1963--not even on the receiving end of this


On 6/24/2012 4:49 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> My possibly unreliable feeling is "No means no" goes back before 1963 as a
> standard parental comeback to importuning youth.
> JL

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