Some people are just masters of equivocation. You just can’t get a straight answer out of them. Trying to pin them down on anything is like trying to grasp a greased pig. They are artful dodgers. I find them very frustrating. You should easily be able to indentify one of them shortly after you meet him or her. But just in case you might have some trouble, I have listed below some characteristics of people who have mastered the art of equivocation.
1. It is nearly impossible to get a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ out of them.
2. Trying to get a definitive answer out of them will remind you of your days as a child when you participated in Easter egg hunts.
3. They can speak or write volumes without really saying anything.
4. When you ask them for answers, they’ll often point to stuff they’ve said or written previously, claiming that they have already provided the answers.
5. Any answer they do provide is hedged and conditioned, and usually attached to an ‘if’, ‘but’, or ‘and’.
6. They’ll often respond to your question with a question of their own, without any guarantee that they’ll answer yours if you answer theirs.
7. They’ll frequently answer a different question than the one you asked them.
8. They are amazingly good at making you hear things they never really said.
9. They’ll accuse you of being the one who is hedging, no matter how clear your answers are.
10. They make their answers intentionally cryptic.