In my experience, when someone said “maybe” it ALWAYS meant “NO”. As a result, I’ve come to find that I use “maybe” to avoid straight up saying “no”.
In some cases, and with some people, it is easy to say “no” without anybody getting upset or causing any problems. Other times, it is so much easier to use “maybe”… at the same time, I feel a little guilty knowing that I am giving someone false hope.
Its funny, though, how words like “possibly” and “probably” are synonyms to “maybe” but we don’t associate it with “no”. At least I don’t.
How do y’all interpret receiving maybe as a response?