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

From:Douglas Koller <laokou@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 22:30
From: Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>

> Quoting "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>:
> > On 9/25/07, Benct Philip Jonsson <conlang@...> wrote: > > > (It is strange to a Swede that _yes_ both affirms a positive > > > statement and counter-negates a negative statement, > > > > It's strange to us that you'd have separate words for those functions. > > Ain't language great? :)
> In Sw. sailors are stereotypically depicted as acknowledging orders with _aj aj > kapten!_. The dictionary tells me this is obsolete among real sailors.
> But doesn't 'aye' replace 'yes' also in simple the simple affirmative function > in certain dialects?
For procedural voting: All in favor: "Aye!" All opposed: "Nay!" The "aye's" have it. I don't associate this usage to dialect (antiquated therefore formalized). Outside of this context and as a simple "yes," pirates (along with "aargh") and maybe places where words like "brogue," "lilt," or "isle" are involved (Scottie on "Star Trek"). G


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