|Wonder Woman can say "no" to me without a modifier, but you can't.|
She tends to believe that the word alone is sufficient, that it is straightforward and answers the question without a lot of fuss. I say it's not. It needs a modifier, unless the blunt, "No!" is punctuated with an exclamation point. Then, there's no definition problem. The "!" gives the "no" a distinct "hell, no" property.
But what if I text her an invitation to a movie and she responds, "No." That's a straightforward, shortform answer in a shortform medium. But what is the result? I question what the "no" means. Is she angry? Does she hate this kind of movie? Is she tired of going to movies with me?
She could have said, "Not tonight", "No, thanks", "I don't want to see that movie", "I have to wash my hair." Those responses soften the blow. She could have called and said, "Thank you for the invitation, but I won't be able to go because ..."
I asked an old friend a couple of weeks ago to go kayaking in the late afternoon, maybe watch the sun go down over Carvins Cove. She's a long-time, close friend and I hadn't talked to her in a while, but all I got in a text response was, "No, thanks." I'd like to have heard more and I would have liked a call, rather than a text, unless the response was "Yes, what time?" With the affirmative response, we would have plenty of time to talk. With the "no" the conversation was at an end and I was left with questions.
Tell me what you think.