Friday, December 9, 2011

Um, yeah....

'Um, yeah...' can be used as a floor-keeping device while you're trying to figure out how to respond to someone. It can be used as a sarcastic response to show that you disagree with or dislike what another person said. The tone of voice is important. On the surface, saying 'yeah' to something sounds like you agree with it, but because of the sarcastic tone of voice, it's obvious you do not.

-I'm so glad you like the sweater I knitted you! It took several months.
-Um, yeah, it's really nice.

-Today in Poli Sci, we were assigned a 30-page term paper.
-Oooh, fun!
-Um, yeah....

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