Saying no is hard because it is a hard sort of word

Thursday, 17 September, 2009

There’s a definite finality in using the word no, especially when its use is unqualified. A word more difficult to use than “sorry” perhaps?

Yes suggests pleasure. It wants something. Salesmen train themselves to use yes at the beginning of a sentence, no matter what, which is why when you say it enough, the word yes starts to feel like a con. But no is cold and heavy. It puts an end to things. In that way, it is a word of control. Its very use suggests a speaker who actually knows something, who won’t bend, who won’t give in to what you want simply because you want it. No says the case has not been made.

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