In recent times I have found myself using ‘nope’ as a verb. My cat noped her dinner. The rubbish truck keeps noping my bin. My neighbour will nope the idea of paying for a fence repair. To nope is to refuse. Noping is the act of rejecting something. Noped means something has been nipped in the bud.
I love how new words suddenly appear in the vernacular. English is an ever-evolving language that enjoys hoovering up new words and mixing them into the granola of everyday conversations.
Nope has been popping up for me when Google offers to save a password. In this sense, it just means ‘no thanks’.
More recently, nope has become an action you can take in the card game Exploding Kittens, a diabolical after-dinner entertainment we’ve been enjoying when our grown-up kids visit. When someone attacks you, which involves an increased risk of explosion because you have to take two turns in a row, you can neutralise the action with a Nope card.
I can’t wait to see the first noping headline. “President Trump nopes climate change”, “Merkel nopes the US”, “UK nopes Brexit in referendum vote”.
Nope can also be an adjective and a noun, as this blog explains. I particularly like the expression “taking the nope train to f**kthatville”. A great way to tell someone you’re really not interested.