Have you noticed this new form of speech that has entered the American vernacular? It’s called the “Yeah, No, Yeah.”
Q1: “Are you dating that girl?”
A: “No. Yeah, no. Yeah, no.” Translation: NO.
Q2: “Do you think you failed that exam?”
A: “Yeah. No, yeah.” Translation: YES.
I think it is in response to inarticulate questions. For example, find the difference between these two questions:
1) “Aren’t you going to ask her out?” and 2) “Are you going to ask her out?”
If asked like example number one, the correct answer is “Yes, I am going to ask her out” as well as “No, I am going to ask her out.”
And so, we are left with “Yeah, No, Yeah. No, Yeah.”
It’s a great chance to point you toward a great Taylor Mali poem. Totally worth watching.