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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 13 11:41:49 EST 2017


Nada Bakos, former CIA analyst, on CNN:

"Right. Exactly. [Briefly discusses Trump and Putin.] So no, I totally
agree."

JL

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 9:45 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Literally no.
>
> I see this as a defensive. Everybody's a skeptic, so many speakers
> interpret any response short of aggressive head-nodding as disbelief. The
> result, in the face of presumed or expected disbelief, is an affirming
> "no", meaning "no, I am serious, I mean this".
>
> I recognize this produces many instances of speakers saying "no" to
> speakers that are not contradictory. Nor do I like it. But I think I
> understand it.
>
> On Nov 8, 2017 9:28 AM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > 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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