|Voltaire, while not PC, was witty — and well aware of the plasticity of meanings.
When a diplomat says yes, he means ‘perhaps’;
|When he says perhaps, he means ‘no’;|
|When he says no, he is not a diplomat.|
|When a lady says no, she means ‘perhaps’;|
|When she says perhaps, she means ‘yes’;|
|When she says yes, she is not a lady.|