from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A refusal, denial, or negation.
- v. To speak negatively of something.
- v. To reply no.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A saying of ‘nay’ a refusal. Sir Frederick would say then, nineteen nay-says are half a grant.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
All of this is part one of a two-part "straw man" argument that the Repugnicans are hoping will make them look good while they do nothing but nay-say.
The Evangelicals, in other words, have built their philosophy on faith and not facts because the facts are fungible and can only nay-say their faith.
People nay-say Tucker, his writing, his movie, etc. because they're unable to imagine living life by their own rules, as he does.
Casting looks that dared anyone to nay-say him, Wroth had audaciously shown up with a laughing Myst by his side.
I wish I could get my knickers in a twist about the colossal waste of funding and the politics behind it all but each time I start going down that path, I imagine all those other Canadians who would nay-say arts funding or other measures that protect cultural nationalism and, then, well then I start to get queasy.
As a fanboy (as much as I hate the term) its a knee-jerk reaction for me to nay-say and be wary.
Everybody's got their favorite speculative model, some don't believe any of it (i.e., the Churchlands, et al., who look to be involved solely to nay-say the whole enterprise and are NOT being paid by the AI-guys), and some who are flat-out jealous as hell that someone with Penrose's clout would dare to insert himself.
However, the Internet allows for more formal and narrative experimentation and kills the watchmen who nay-say what gets into rotation.
On the subject of asinine "for security reasons" douchebags giving the nay-say to in-store photography, the wife, 2-year-old gal and I were in Vegas recently in the Gucci store at Caesars, where my daughter spontaneously began grabbing shoes one at a time, then brought back to the display before taking another and trying them on.
I was going to nay-say the notion that inspiration and passion for a new business idea can come from the often-leveling effect of the wisdom of the crowd.