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Is "Aye" only for meeting consent or a general use?
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It's used in parliament in the UK for voting, so it has that association. It can be used in some regional forms, so if someone offered you a coffee, you could use it, but it's not that common.
You might also come across it in the phrase "Aye-aye cap'n" which basically means "Yes captain" in a nautical sense. If you heard that on dry land, it would probably be being used ironically in some fashion, or with jocular intent.
But not just that. 'Aye-Aye' means 'I've heard the command and will do it.' On a ship you could get this exchange.
Captain: 'It's a rough night, isn't it.'
Subordinate: 'Aye, it is, cap'n.'
Captain: 'Splice the mainbrace.' [No idea what this means, but it's traditional - and for the purposes of this example the meaning doesn't matter. What matters is that it's a command. ]
Subordinate: 'Aye-aye, cap'n.'
In our Parliament, modelled on yours, we use "Yea" and "Nay." I didn't know yours used "Aye."
Originally Posted by Tdol
It's not used in daily life in AmE. Only when voice voting.
Made me think for a while - but Tdol's right. This exchange is frequent in the House of Commons:
Originally Posted by konungursvia
Speaker: All those in favour say 'Aye'.
One side: Aye.
Spkr: To the contrary, 'Nay'.
Other side: Nay.
Spkr: I think the 'Ayes' have it./or Clear the lobbies. [The first stage in the physical voting procedure.]
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