Yeah, No, Yeah.

Have you noticed this new form of speech that has entered the American vernacular?  It’s called the “Yeah, No, Yeah.” 

Examples:

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.

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