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yea and no W. A. Wright: According to Sir Thomas More's rule, yea and nay go together, and yes and no; the former being answers to questions framed in the affirmative, and the latter to those framed in the negative. But this was a rule not strictly observed, and Shakespeare neglected it both here and elsewhere. Compare Lucrece, 1340, ‘Receives the scroll without or yea or no.’ And Merry Wives, I, i, 88, ‘By yea and no I do.’

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