The “No” of Affirmation
by josh lubarr
Have you ever heard anyone, including yourself, begin an affirmative response to a statement with the word “no”? For example:
Person 1: I think Idiocracy is hilarious.
Person 2: No, I do, too.
I promise you — you have. It’s an interesting phenomenon, since the statement is one of agreement or affirmation, yet it begins with a term of disagreement or negation. Why, you may ask? I have asked as well. Habits of speech? I would say so.
In any case, now that you’ve heard about it, you can start listening for it. You may be surprised at how often you hear it — I was (especially from myself).
(Cross-posted at Le Repository du Silliness.)
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I feel like this happens most frequently when you are affirming not only a point but also the fact that you do agree with said point.
A: I think _____ should be allowed.
B: Hm…yeah (*unconvincing*)
A: You don’t agree?
B: No, no! I definitely -do-…I just think it depends on the situation…
I hope that made sense!
It does make sense. I suppose I should say, “No, it does make sense.” Also, I encourage you to keep your eyes peeled for those noes (I believe that’s the spelling of that word) actually make no sense at all.
What do you mean they make noesense?
(Haha…did you see what I did there…) =P