1

During this clip, at 1:24 is she saying

I went from nodding no to nodding yes...

Or does she say "nodding off"? Because I don't think you can nod no, can you?

1 Answer 1

3

No, I don't think you can nod "no", at least in places where "nodding" is used for agreement. In the US, nodding is used for agreement.

nod

  • To lower and raise (the head) quickly in agreement or acknowledgment.
  • A forward or up-and-down movement of the head, usually expressive of drowsiness or agreement

The speaker says

I went from nodding off to nodding yes to more heroin.

Nod off means

nod off
To doze momentarily:
nodded off during the lecture.

So the joke uses a small play on words. Nodding yes suggests that she became more active or alert.

Fun fact. You shake your head in disagreement.

1
  • In some Arab cultures, a sideways waggle (similar to a shake) of the head, which might be interpreted as a negative in Europe and the Americas, means YES; whereas a quick down-to-up movement of the head, which might be interpreted as an affirmative in Europe and the Americas, means NO! Oct 8, 2016 at 23:18

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .