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Just wondering if there is a word (or pair of words) that starts with N and ends with O and actually means Yes (or roughly yes... some sort of synonym). I thought this might have some humorous applications on occasion. Thanks.

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about the constructive use and understanding of English. –  Edwin Ashworth May 24 at 19:53
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Well.... I disagree, who said being humorous in language and using clever puns isn't constructive. –  Squirtle May 24 at 20:02
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He's grown out of it now, but my son went through a phase when he often appended -o to various "one-word responses". So he (and very likely many others) would have been quite likely to come out with "Natcho!" for naturally, surely, yes indeed!. –  FumbleFingers May 24 at 20:03
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I'm all for being humorous in language and using clever puns. –  Edwin Ashworth May 24 at 20:05
    
@FumbleFingers Reminds me of the reported slang of American gangsters from the Prohibition Era. Well, that and Bingo was his name-o. :) –  tchrist May 25 at 13:53

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The most commonly used one that can at least sometimes mean ‘yes’ that I can think of is no problemo.

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Even has "no" in it, very good. –  Squirtle May 24 at 20:21
    
I love this because it's starts with the word no, causing the recipient to do a double take. Great for teasing. Consider this: "Honey, can you babysit the kids tonight?" "No...problemo!" –  Aaron Mahan May 24 at 20:22
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You must know this, but others may not realize that this expression is sometimes used as an instance of "pseudo-Spanish" or Mock Spanish. Even beyond the matters of the terminating vowel and associated gender mentioned in the referenced article due to the Greek origin of problema, one must add to the expressions’s cringeworthiness the fact that like other descendants of Latin non, ES no is an adverb not an adjective—and therefore corresponds to EN not. And ningún problema is too long to say. –  tchrist May 25 at 13:49

Neato, is at least fairly affirmative. "Do you want to go to the party with me?"

I replied,"Neato!"

neato a cool little word that is very enjoyable to say. neato can mean "wow, that was really cool!" or "awesome" or it can just be a neato way to say 'neat'.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=neato

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"Nod of assent to" starts with N and ends with O. And, it means yes.

Great question. +1

By the way, "not-no" and "no minus no" should mean yes too, if one were to use logic.

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not no is perfect! +1 for the logic –  Elder Geek May 25 at 1:58

That's a tough one. There are not a lot of words ending in o—most of them are borrowed words (oratorio), prefixes (nitro), or slangish abbreviations (porno)—not really the sorts of words that would show up in a very natural phrase that would effectively mean yes.

You could go with something like naturally, kiddo!, but I suspect that will be stretching the humour more than a little.

See http://www.scrabblefinder.com/ends-with/o/.

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While the following phrases don't necessarily relay an emphatic yes, they're (imo) clever ways of pretending to say no but actually implying yes, or at least the possibility of a yes.

  • no to saying no
  • not gonna say no
  • not a no
  • not really a no
  • non-no
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'No' itself is often used to imply 'yes'. This is particularly common in Cockney.

Two guys in a bar, absolutely soaked.

Guy1: (severely slurred) D'ya wannanother whisky?

Guy2: (equally slurred) Naaaaaaaaaa (falls off bar-stool)

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A nympho says yes a lot and I would usually say yes to a nympho.

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LOL.... good one. But I don't think I'd reply with this as an answer to any question. –  Squirtle May 24 at 20:01
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@Squirtle - but if you did, think of the possibilities. –  RyeɃreḁd May 24 at 20:18
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But what if she had cancer of the nymph glands... a nymphoma? –  Erik Kowal May 24 at 20:33

"Naturally/Normally/Necessarily so." could work depending on the circumstance.

"Naturally bro!" also.

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There is a faux-Spanish word (that is, humorously used in English, and designed to sound Spanish, but not actually a real Spanish word) I've heard more than once which might be spelt something like naturalamondo or naturalamundo, meaning "naturally".

Google has a handful of search results for it showing it coming up on various blogs and Twitter feeds.

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Naturally, Daddy-O!

[filler filler filler filler filler]

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