Yes, No or Perhaps?


When a diplomat says yes, he means perhaps.
When a diplomat says perhaps, he means no.
When a diplomat says no, he’s no diplomat at all!

When a lady says no, she means perhaps.
When a lady says perhaps, she means yes.
When a lady says yes, she’s no lady at all!


This piece of doggerel was shared with me by a friend, Serena Pilkington, in the 1960s and I expect she heard it first from her mother. It does seem dated now, as many rape cases have been brought against men who didn’t accept that ‘no means no’.

But I still enjoy the idea and hope that you might too. 🙂

The illustration is © Andy Dean Photography | View Portfolio  via Shutterstock

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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2 Responses to Yes, No or Perhaps?

  1. pturner1969 says:

    I think I might have left the second stanza out, just to be PC 🙂

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