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Posted Wed Feb 29th, 2012 3:53pm Post subject: "No, I agree with you"

Why do folk say that, it should be "Yes, I agree with you"

I notice lots of people do this, including "our" Mr Fry (Shock horror)

One even hears "No, Yes, No you are right", (often in TV interviews etc).

I reckon it is an adversarial or perhaps a superiority thing, "I don't want to be seen to agree with YOU, although I actually do agree".

As Stephen is "guilty" of using this strange terminology I would love to hear thoughts on where it comes from.

John B in the N.W. UK

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Posted Fri Mar 9th, 2012 10:16pm Post subject: "No, I agree with you"

It comes out of a cereal box.

Really? Wow.

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