I hate those two words when someone gives it to me as an answer. Take for example:
Me: “Can we ship this product as scheduled?”
Program mgr: “It depends.”
Me: “on What?”
Program mgr: “I don’t know… cant exactly predict the future now. Can I ?” *grins*
Grrrr!!! “It depends” is the most weasel answer you can give.
What is a better alternative? “Most positively yes”, “Probably yes”, “Possibility of a slight delay”, “Cant really commit right now” etc.
When someone is asking a question where they are expecting a Confirmative answer (either tending to a “yes” or tending to a “no”), please don’t reply with “It depends”!