[Ads-l] "He shook his head yes."

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Sat May 27 17:34:50 EDT 2017


In Greece, "no" is signaled with a movement of the head straight back -- sort of the opposite of a nod.

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> On May 27, 2017, at 10:07 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Isn't there some place (Albania?) where the actual behavioral reversal is
> normal?
> 
> Seems I read about it in the '80s.
> 
> JL
> 
> On Sat, May 27, 2017 at 2:46 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> I recall getting corrected in a writing group on either shook or nod a
>> couple years back. I was told that one is only for “no" and the other only
>> for “yes".
>> 
>> Benjamin Barrett
>> Formerly of Seattle, WA
>> 
>>> On 27 May 2017, at 11:39, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> I've heard this several times. As if you couldn't guess,  on TV.
>>> 
>>> JL
>>> 
>>>> On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 2:50 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> As he said this, the speaker mimed *nodding* his head yes, of course.
>>>> 
>>>> This is no new thing, in my experience. Is "nod" going the way of
>> "farther"
>>>> and "-l[ai]ved"?
>>>> 
>>>> --
>>>> -Wilson
>>>> 
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