A funny yet interesting experiment was carried out by Professor
John Trinkaus, who is known for dedicating his academic life to
the scientific observation of ordinary people going about their
In his study “The Demise of Yes”, he plotted the
verbal trends in providing an affirmative response to an
inquiry. Of the 419 questions analysed, ‘yes’ was only used 53
times, whereas ‘exactly’ was the affirmation used 117 times, and
‘absolutely’ appeared 249 times.