"No, no., no it was delicious," replied my friend.
No, no, no? She was agreeing with me, right? I mean I had expected a simple 'Yes,' but had got a 'No' - three of them to be precise.
I frowned, uncertainty crept over me. "You did like it then?" My friend rolled her eyes. "Yes. It was delicious. I just said, didn't I?"
Ha-ha! I had my 'Yes' but I felt like a dentist having just extracted a particularly reluctant tooth.
What is with these people and their love of the N-word? They use it all the time. It's confusing. Call me old fashioned, but when somebody says 'no' I take that to mean something negative, opposite etc. It appears though that I am mistaken. For 'no' now means not only 'yes,' but moreover a sort of emphatic 'yes,' especialy when repeated. Like I said, confusing.
Well I just don't get it. And furthermore I refuse to play this silly game. As far as I'm concerned 'yes' is a more than adequate way to express agreement and affirmation. It's been perfectly adequate for many centuries now, and I see no reason for this weird lingusitic fashion to change that.
Words do of course change their meaning over time. It's called (linguistic) shift. And I'm left wondering how many more words will soon mean the opposite of what they currently do?
Maybe it will even stretch to our leisure activities.That 'brilliant' film your friends recommended? Well it turned out to be anything but. Get wiv it dude.
I do wonder where it will all end. I for one will be seriously pissed off the day somebody describes my work as side-splittingly funny, fresh and original. Grrr! How dare they!!!
And let's hope arguments or indeed divorces do not follow after you declare your undying hatred to your wife...