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Post by Stevenloan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:43 pm

A 5 year old son: Daddy! Can I have coffee?
Father: That is a big fat negative.

Hi you guys! Can the answer "That is a big fat negative" be used to say to an adult or is it used to say to kids only?

Thanks so much!

StevenLoan
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Post by Bobinwales » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:52 pm

I wouldn't use it at all.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:55 am

It's an emphatic colloquial expression that I have heard many times in the USA.

It's not my perception that it is mostly being said to children. Rather the contrary -- the word 'negative' is an abstract term that I'd guess is unlikely to be spoken to young children in particular.
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Post by trolley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:38 am

I'd agree that "negative" (meaning "no") is more likely to be said to an adult. I believe it is a military useage and is the opposite of "affirmative". The addition of "big fat" does make it sound a little childish, though. 'Big fat' is kid-speak for absolute, definite, or to the highest degree.
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Post by Wizard of Oz » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:45 am

But definitely an American term. Aussies tend to use the old fashioned "no". Me? I might reply, "Does the word no have any meaning for you?" or "The word no springs to mind."

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Re: Negative

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:41 am

I would like to thank you guys so so much for the input
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