pet peeves addenda

Okay, one more linguistic pet peeve:

  • “Yeah, no.” Why has this become such a popular way to begin a response to a yes/no question? These words express two totally different ideas; ideas which are mutually exclusive and exhaustive! Two words into your response, you’ve already contradicted yourself. Start over. Take a deep breath. (The worst part of it is that I’ve caught myself answering questions this way too.)
  • Oy… my inner crotchety old man has resurfaced, apparently. Maybe I should pour him some whiskey and hope he doesn’t drool all over the upholstery when he falls asleep on the couch.

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    One Response

    1. It softens the blow of no?

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