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    You're not bad, are you Butch?

    I was watching a movie <A Perfect World>

    the little boy in the movie said "You're not bad, are you Butch?"

    and the guy said "Yeah."

    Isn't he supposed to say "no"?

    It's like "You're not bad, are you Butch?"

    "Yes, I'm bad."
    "No, I"m not bad."

    I just got confused.

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    Re: You're not bad, are you Butch?

    Generally, you're right and 'Yes, I'm not bad' would be a very strange answer, but occasionally when people just say yes or no , you will hear answers like Butch's. It's like singular and plural, which theoretically should be very simple, but in practice can be more complex. I think the complexity stems from the fact that not only do we have a negative statement + positive tag question, but there's also an adjective with negative connotations. If you asked someone 'Aren't you good?' the answer would be easier in some way than if you asked them 'Aren't you bad?', where there might be a pause while they worked their way through it.

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    Re: You're not bad, are you Butch?

    "You're not bad, are you Butch?"

    means:

    You're not bad looking;, are you gay (lesbian)?

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    Re: You're not bad, are you Butch?

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    "You're not bad, are you Butch?"

    means:

    You're not bad looking;, are you gay (lesbian)?
    Butch is a slang word for only lesbian?

    I thought Butch was the name of Kevin Costner in that movie.

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    Re: You're not bad, are you Butch?

    That may be (that Costner's character is called 'Butch")

    But, yes, a "Butch" is the term for a lesbian who has a masculine persona.

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