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Monday, January 31, 2005

No for sure
Quick question. When did the meaning of the term "Yeah, sure" change? Whatever happened to the times when an old lady would ask you if you could help her cross the street and you'd say "Yeah, sure" or your friend asked you if you could watch his house while he's away and you'd reply with a casual "Yeah, sure. Why not?". Someone asked me if I'm sarcastic towards her and I replied with utmost honesty, saying "not at all." So she said, "Yeah! Sure" and sulked and twisted her lips and raised her eyebrows and moved her eye balls alarmingly! A rapid fire round of questions followed and all my sincere answers were greeted with "Yeah! Sure"s, all of which effectively mean "No way! You liar". When did this change come into effect?

Comments:
It's all in the tone of voice.

"Yeah. Sure" still means the same (for now) if it is said the right way. However soon it will go the way of so many other words that have been hijacked by lazy speakers.
I don't think "whatever" will ever be quite the same, and try to get a group to read an older novel without breaking into titters every time someone or something is described as gay.
 
very true (come to think of it i never disagree with any comment :) ) i agree that it's all in the tone of the voice but sadly the "natural tone" associated with "yeah! sure" is fast changing. for that matter our entire vocabulary is getting "expressionalized" where the true meaing fo a word depends on the smirks and winks and sighs and cries that follow the words. is that a good thing? "yeah sure" :)
 
This is a very long comment, so beware... is a forward which is quite funny, not sure how widely circulated and one which I found myself agreeing to (unwillingly, quite a bit, and all the while laughing with) :)

Words Women Use

Study this and know it!

FINE
This is the word women use to end an argument when they feel they are right and you need to shut up. Never use "fine" to describe how a woman looks... this will cause you to have one of those arguments.

FIVE MINUTES
This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so it's an even trade.

NOTHING
This means "something," and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with 'Fine.'

GO AHEAD (With Raised Eyebrows)
This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine."

GO AHEAD (Normal Eyebrows)
This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care" You will get a "Raised Eyebrow Go Ahead" in just a few minutes, followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off.

LOUD SIGH
This is not actually a word, but a nonverbal statement often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment, and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing."

SOFT SIGH
Again, not a word, but a nonverbal statement. "Soft Sighs" mean that she is content. Your best bet is to not move or breathe, and she will stay content.

THAT'S OKAY
This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can make to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you back for whatever it is that you have done. "That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and in conjunction with a "Raised Eyebrow."

GO AHEAD.
At some point in the near future, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.

PLEASE DO
This is not a statement; it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance with the truth, so be careful and you shouldn't get a "That's Okay."

THANKS
A woman is thanking you. Do not faint. Just say you're welcome.

THANKS A LOT
This is much different from "Thanks." A woman will say, "Thanks A Lot" when she is really ticked off at you. It signifies that you have offended her in some callous way, and will be followed by the "Loud Sigh." Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you "Nothing.

QED - You see Sagnik, it has nothing to do with a change in meaning... it just was and now you are discovering the hidden possibilities. Enjoy :)
 
oh this was BRILLIANT and very true - i personally have been subjected to a dozen "Thanks a lot"s, a matching number of "Please do"s, endless "loud sighs" and hours of five minute. once again BRILLIANT. Wow!
 
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