No vs. nope

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 10 23:07:57 UTC 2013

On Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 5:06 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
> Why Do People Use Nope

"… the glottal stop. Some object to the idea, though the comments on
the language log post confirmed a glotalized p."

Many dekkids ago, perhaps as far back as the late '40's, I read a
couple of sentences by an Englishman WRT _yep, nope_. The author
described them as peculiarities of American English characterised
<har! har!> by termination in a glottal stop, faut de mieux,
represented by  _-pe_ in the orthography.


I could't get Benjamin's URL to work. An alternative is
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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