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

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Sat May 27 23:19:29 EDT 2017


And the word for 'yes' is something like 'oxi' which to my English/Romance ears seems to indicate 'yes, but I don't like it'.

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MARGARET E WINTERS
Professor Emerita French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

mewinters at wayne.edu<mailto:mewinters at wayne.edu>

On May 27, 2017, at 5:17 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU<mailto:laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>> wrote:

On May 27, 2017, at 5:34 PM, Margaret Winters <mewinters at WAYNE.EDU<mailto:mewinters at WAYNE.EDU>> wrote:

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

Clearly they’re confused by the fact that their word for yes is “nai” (pronounced something like “nay”), so of course they’d nod for ‘no’.

LH

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On May 27, 2017, at 10:07 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM<mailto: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<mailto: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<mailto: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<mailto: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"?

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-Wilson


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