No, Yes, Definitely: On The Rise Of 'No, Totally' As Linguistic Quirk

April 12, 2015 9:23 PM

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Kathryn Schulz, a writer for The New Yorker, heard that seemingly-contradictory response to q question recently. And once she started listening for it, she heard it everywhere: people agreeing by saying "No, totally," or "No, definitely," or "No, for sure."

In a recent article, Schulz digs into what's behind this linguistic quirk. She found out that the English language used to have more options than just "yes" and "no."

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