History Main / NonAnswer

10th Jan '16 2:00:38 PM DoctorCooper
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* Real life example: when asked in one of the interviews what happened with Russian military submarine Kursk, Vladimir Putin answered "It sunk". (Which is also a [[GrammarNazi grammatically incorrectly translated]] non-answer, as he should've said "It sank". The Russian quote "Она утонула", is grammatically correct but still both a non-answer and incredibly cynical.)
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* Real life example: when When asked in one of the interviews what happened with Russian military submarine Kursk, Vladimir Putin answered "It sunk". (Which is also a [[GrammarNazi grammatically incorrectly translated]] non-answer, as he should've said "It sank". The Russian quote "Она утонула", is grammatically correct but still both a non-answer and incredibly cynical.)

* Another real life example: When famous mountaineer George Mallory was asked why he wants to climb Mount Everest he replied "Because it is there." (Mallory died on Everest in 1924. It's unknown whether he reached the summit)
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* Another real life example: When famous mountaineer George Mallory was asked why he wants to climb Mount Everest he replied "Because it is there." (Mallory died on Everest in 1924. It's unknown whether he reached the summit)

* Real world example: a classic Zen-Buddhist answer to the Confucian ArmorPiercingQuestion[[note]] Every iteration/wave of Confucianism has been very much anti-religion and anti-claptrap, being focused on strict law-based governance and morality rather than wishy-washy feelings and philosophy. Consequently, Confucianism has gotten along about as well with Daoism (a wishy-washy vaguely spiritualistic and pantheistic religion akin to Hinduism, Shinto, and classic/original European Paganism) and Chinese-style Buddhism as you'd expect.[[/note]] (since ''everyone'', even the lowest peasants, seem to have 'aspects of the The Buddha's nature' as far as all these newfangled prayer-mongerers are concerned) "Do ''dogs'' have Buddha-nature too?" The Buddhist answer W or Mu, in Classical Chinese and Japanese respectively, is a cross between a NonAnswer and a MathematiciansAnswer. In Classical Chinese 'w' is a 'negator-of-existence', i.e. there is no or there is nothing of whatever noun comes after it in the sentence... but it's a one-word answer, and it's not clear whether 'w' refers to the question or the answer (it ''does not'' refer to the possession of Buddha-nature because it's a noun-negator, not a verb-negator). The implication is that [[StealthInsult it doesn't matter because both the question and the answer are meaningless]]. Consequently the reply is often translated as "It's meaningless". A philosophical STFU to an ArmorPiercingQuestion. TheOtherWiki has a better discussion for those interested.
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* Real world example: a A classic Zen-Buddhist answer to the Confucian ArmorPiercingQuestion[[note]] Every iteration/wave of Confucianism has been very much anti-religion and anti-claptrap, being focused on strict law-based governance and morality rather than wishy-washy feelings and philosophy. Consequently, Confucianism has gotten along about as well with Daoism (a wishy-washy vaguely spiritualistic and pantheistic religion akin to Hinduism, Shinto, and classic/original European Paganism) and Chinese-style Buddhism as you'd expect.[[/note]] (since ''everyone'', even the lowest peasants, seem to have 'aspects of the The Buddha's nature' as far as all these newfangled prayer-mongerers are concerned) "Do ''dogs'' have Buddha-nature too?" The Buddhist answer W or Mu, in Classical Chinese and Japanese respectively, is a cross between a NonAnswer and a MathematiciansAnswer. In Classical Chinese 'w' is a 'negator-of-existence', i.e. there is no or there is nothing of whatever noun comes after it in the sentence... but it's a one-word answer, and it's not clear whether 'w' refers to the question or the answer (it ''does not'' refer to the possession of Buddha-nature because it's a noun-negator, not a verb-negator). The implication is that [[StealthInsult it doesn't matter because both the question and the answer are meaningless]]. Consequently the reply is often translated as "It's meaningless". A philosophical STFU to an ArmorPiercingQuestion. TheOtherWiki has a better discussion for those interested.
30th Oct '15 5:33:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the movie ''TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', the Governor's song, "Dance a Little Sidestep" spoofs politicians' tendency to give these.
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* In the movie ''TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', the Governor's song, "Dance a Little Sidestep" spoofs politicians' tendency to give these.
26th Oct '15 7:52:16 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Used dramatically in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', during Cyrus Temple's press conference introducing the STAG Initiative. Cyrus responds to serious questions like "How long will the STAG occupation last?" and "How will it affect the average citizen's daily life?" with rhetoric and double-speak, before launching into a jingoistic MotiveRant and abruptly ending the press conference.
1st Oct '15 2:45:53 AM VVK
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* ''{{Pasila}}'' has an example of a ridiculously loaded question being deflated with a simple answer that's... well... --> '''Juhani Kontiovaara:''' What the hell are you blaming the media for? Are you menstruating or do you simply want to live in [[{{Ruritania}} Albania]]? --> '''The male interviewee:''' Yes.
3rd Sep '15 7:45:56 PM SSJMagus
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "Power Play" -->'''Wesley:''' The small stuff that you can't worry about, would that include Fred?\\ '''Angel:''' I loved Fred.\\ '''Wesley:''' That's not an answer.\\ '''Angel:''' Then I guess you don't get one.
26th Jul '15 4:35:27 AM ZanderSchubert
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** If we want to be generous, we could say that any straight answer they could give will piss someone off somewhere along the line, and they don't want to burn any bridges unless they absolutely have to. It is also likely that their opponents will be willing to distort any straight answer they give to mean something evil, just to get political points. ** If taken too far, this leads to "dog whistles", where politicians give a statement that seems like a non-answer, but actually means something politically divisive. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment It's probably best if we don't give examples.]]
24th Jul '15 7:28:08 PM MsChibi
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Could lead to a YesNoAnswerInterpretation situation. Compare MathematiciansAnswer and CrypticallyUnhelpfulAnswer.
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Could lead to a YesNoAnswerInterpretation situation. Compare MathematiciansAnswer and CrypticallyUnhelpfulAnswer. CrypticallyUnhelpfulAnswer. For when it's the creator of a work that gives an answer like this, see ShrugOfGod.

--> '''Tasuki''': [[SarcasmMode "Could you be a little more vague, please?"
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--> '''Tasuki''': [[SarcasmMode "Could you be a little more vague, please?"please?"]]
24th Jul '15 7:27:07 PM MsChibi
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* In the 3rd {{OVA}} to ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' --> '''Tamahome''': "Is this all [[ApocalypseMaiden Mayo's]] fault?" --> '''Taiitsukun''': "Perhaps it is, and perhaps it is not." --> '''Tasuki''': [[SarcasmMode "Could you be a little more vague, please?"
18th Jul '15 4:43:10 AM TheUsualSuspect
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** Some take it a step further, when their non-answer is pointed out as such by an interviewer they will angrily claim that if they were allowed to finish they would answer the question, most of the time they just provide a more detailed non-answer.
23rd Jun '15 2:36:42 PM ading
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In "Introduction to Teaching", [[spoiler:Jeff]] asks his "Fundamentals of Law" class if they have any questions. -->'''Student''': Will there be a syllabus?\\ '''[[spoiler:Jeff]]''': "Will there be a syllabus" is a good example of a question. Anything else?
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