[ 21:22 - 08 Apr 2015 ]:
Rob: What did Laura mean last night when she said, "I haven't slept with him yet." Yet! What does "yet" mean anyway? It means you're gonna do it, doesn't it? Or does it?
[Next scene] Rob:[To Barry]Just come on. What would it mean to you, that sentence: I haven't seen Evil Dead II yet? (...) Would you get the impression that I really wanted to see it? Barry: Oh, uh, well you couldn't have been desperate to see it, otherwise you'd have already gone. Rob: Right, I'm not gonna see that movie. Barry:[pause] But the word "yet". Yeah, you know what? I'd get the impression that you wanted to see it otherwise you'd have said you didn't wanna go. Rob: But in your opinion, would I definitely go? Barry: How the fuck am I supposed to know?! Probably!

High Fidelity. Touchstone Home Video :, 2000. DVD.

I love this bit of dialogue from the film High Fidelity. It does a great job at showing the how words can be interpreted and over-analyzed.

The character Rob's girlfriend, Laura, abruptly ends their long, tumultuous relationship. Rob assumes the reason is one of the many ways he has hurt her. When he discovers she left him to begin dating another man, he obsessively interrogates her about the relationship. She replies, "I haven't slept with Ian yet." To this, Rob is first jubilant to know she has not slept with Ian. Then, the word "yet" gives him pause. This conversation is Rob attempting to get validation in the meaning of the word "yet" as applied to Laura's sentence.

The word "yet" is both an adverb and conjunction. As an adverb, "yet" usually means something over a period of time that has not happen but that is expected to happen. Barry's assertion that the word yet adds and element of longing. The word notes that the action will happen in the future.

If Laura had used "yet" as a coordinating conjunction, her meaning would be more clear to Rob. Coordinating conjunctions contrast two statements to achieve stronger effect. As a coordinating conjunction, "yet" is more similar to "but" or "nevertheless." If we change "yet" to a coordinating conjunction, Laura's statement could be, "I have not slept with Ian, yet I intend to."

Both as an adverb or conjunction, the meaning of "yet" is clear.