[Ads-l] No = 'yes; truly'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 8 09:28:00 EST 2017


POPPY HARLOW, CNN:  I assume that you're happy to see a little bit of toned
down rhetoric.

JOHN KIRBY (former rear admiral, USN): I am, Poppy. No. No. I was. You
know, I think that speech was adequate to the task.

Anybody seriously think he was contrasting "is" and "was"?

JL

On Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 5:23 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> > Am still confident that this weirdness is a reduction of "yeah, no."
> Which
> > means, essentially, "yeah" in prefacing a reply to a previous speaker.
>
> Yayuh, naw. I concur
>
> On Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 8:36 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Keep chewing:
> >
> > VICTOR BLACKWELL: These committees are led by Republicans in both the
> House
> > and in the Senate. But Rene' was gonna come in with something.
> >
> > RENE' MARSH: No, what I was gonna say is, besides all of this, I mean,
> you
> > mentioned, y' know, the White House's strategy of coming after Hillary
> > Clinton as... in the lead-up to all we learned about yesterday.
> >
> > CNN, 8:11 am EST.
> >
> > Am still confident that this weirdness is a reduction of "yeah, no."
> Which
> > means, essentially, "yeah" in prefacing a reply to a previous speaker.
> >
> > JL
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 9:23 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > <Yes--no, ...>, maybe <So, ...>. (WB latest stray conspiracy theories):
> > > 1  Among the social media emerge solutions to the folkish need for an
> > > <<at-times-pseudo-contrastive-speaker-switching-sentence-
> > > initial-particle>>.
> > > 2  Cf. NHG <nun ja!> 'that's true enough, granted'. Probably related to
> > > Swedish [NAH-yah!] (Oh, come on, get real!).
> > > 3  Cf. Hittite <nu> 'satzeinleitende Partikel' (Pok.770 s.v. *nu(:)
> > 'now').
> > > (Can this be mere coincidence?)
> > > 4  "I like coffee, I like tea, I like the girls and the girls like me:
> > Yes,
> > > no, maybe so..." (Harvey Weinstein trips up.)
> > >
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> -Wilson
> -----
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