Friday, April 28, 2006

Nonsense phrases

Why is "Now then," considered a normal thing to say? What sense does it make? When you ask people a question, why do they sometimes start their replies with "Yeah, no..."? What does that mean?

We shrinks know, of course, be we aren't telling.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing like a little phonological ambiguity to liven up a day of work!


5/2/06, 2:23 AM  
Anonymous ses said...

it has started reproducing memetically (word?) here in australia! I regard it as confirmation-answer: "Yeah, I understand what you're saying, but no, I haven't [done x]".

love your blog. just started reading it; most fun! thanks!

5/28/06, 5:21 AM  

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