Yes may not be true 'yes' in the same way as its counterpart No may not be a true no!
In all languages, one has to listen to the tone, watch body language and consider the 'context' in which the word was stated to get the true meaning.
if you are asked by a thug whether you will give him all your money at gun point, you will say YES. But after you notice that the gun is really a toy gun, you will not stick to the original yes, in which case your yes was 'conditional.'
On the basic linguistic level... yes has to be yes. It is a necessary condition of the meaning of yes, for it to be yes. On the other hand there is as someone has mentioned already, the contextual possibility of the answering agent lying either to decieve or telling untruth through ignorance. This does not mean yes is yes however - it merely means that the agent is using the term incorrectly either unknowingly or by design.
"Incorrectly?" Ah, the assumptions contained in that little word! Liars make an ethical mistake, not a factual one. The key is that they are viewing language as a manipulative, not informative, tool.
When yes, or any other words are used to deceive, they are being used incorrectly. In this case, none of the words are used in their true meaning, they are manipulative, fictional. When a person is known for this, nobody believes anything they say.
If you have ever heard the term, "Yes man." You know some people just aim to please and say yes to everything. We know it's not likely we agree with everyone. So with this in mind. No, yes is not truly yes in certain cases.
Yes has come to mean other things than just an answer in the affirmative to a question.
Yes followed by a question mark can be an acknowledgement of your presence and an invitation to state your case.
Yes followed by a couple of exclamation points can be an enthusiastic response to an event that greatly pleases.
Yes can be a positive or a negative, depending upon the question..."Did you win the lottery?" "Did your ____ pass away?"
Yes can actually deny permission..."Are you telling me I can't join you?"
English is the hardest language to learn...no?
The true meaning of yes, means yes, or the affirmative. But there can be variables, such as the degree of the yes. Examples: You ask your girlfriend/wife, do you love me? She says, YES, of course and gives you a big hug and kiss...this is a real yes. If she sort of mumbles the yes and turns the other way, or even starts to talk about something else, it is not a true yes. It is more of a maybe, or I'm not sure. Sometimes people say yes, because that's what the other person wants to hear. Example: You ask someone, did you clean the kitchen and put everything away like I asked you to? They slowly say, yes, because they know in there mind they didn't do it, or did it, but not to your expectations. To avoid any confusion: "Mean what you say, and say what you mean."
It depends on how honest people are.
I'm brutally honest, so if I say "yes", I mean it. Other people constantly just say "yes" to please everyone, when really they want to say no. It depends on the person and their situation; you just have to determine what kind of person you're dealing with - are they the person who would make themselves unhappy to try to convince you to be happy, or are they the kind of person who respect you enough to be honest, no matter what the outcome?
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