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Re: All in favor (was: Re: Names of countries and national languages)

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2007, 15:10
>I was having dinner at someone else's place when I heard the hostess >ask her daugher a negative question along the lines of: "You haven't >[...]?" > >She replied: "Yes. No."
These things are such greit fun. :D In colloquial Finnish you even get a further degree of confusion due to _kyllä_ "yes" being used for basically "quite" in some situations. _Juu_ or _joo_ takes over the affirmativ function. So we have _juu ei kyllä_ - literally "yeah not yes" - for both self-standing "yes, that is not quite the case", and appended "yes, it is not quite that ..." John Vertical