Australians love the phrase “yeah, nah”. We’re masters of understatement and hate being blunt.

If something’s terrible, you’re likely to hear it described as “pretty ordinary”. If you’re suffering from an absolute bender the morning after, you’re feeling “a bit rough”. And “yeah, nah”?  It’s a way of saying no, but not too directly...

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