Anyone else as surprised as me that “nope” was first used in print in 1888? And there was me thinking it was modern slang. It’s not used in Britain (well maybe it is now, I’ve been away for a while) so I hadn’t come across it until moved here.
I love the finality of it, the “nope, that’s my final answer” of it. It’s simple and effective for when a plain “no” just doesn’t cut it.
Am I going to stop using it because I ain’t from round here?