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Lexicon Valley

In the Negative

32:04 | Jul 25th, 2017

1 recommendation
John McWhorter on the history and evolution of no and not.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at More


epekilis recommended:Mar 27th, 2018

We regard the words “yes” and “no” as linguistic fundamentals. Turns out this is not cross cultural. Other languages don’t have these words, and not all English cultures use yes and no regularly!! Irish speakers say “it is” or “it isn’t” instead!!!