Human beings are pretty hilarious. We say things and then do the exact opposite. Here are 8 of the most common things people say that they really don’t mean.
1) “Don’t take this the wrong way…”
This is usually followed by some negative truth about you that the person would like to share: ex. “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m really not attracted to you.” How do I take that the right way?
2) “No disrespect…”
9 times out of 10 the next thing out of their mouth will be disrespectful: ex. “No disrespect, but you really have packed on the pounds…” In my opinion calling someone fat is disrespectful. Period.
3) “It’s not what it looks like…”
On most occasions not only is it exactly what it looks like, there is also a possibility that it is actually worse: ex. You catch your spouse kissing another person. They say “It’s not what it looks like”, when in reality they’ve most likely already slept together on more than one occasion.
4) “No, I don’t mind…”
This phrase is used when someone asks you to do something they know you don’t want to do. The truth is, “Yes I mind! Of course I mind! You already know that I mind!” ex. “I know you have an extreme fear of dogs, but would you mind pet-sitting my 3 dogs this weekend?”
5) “I will call you or be right back…”
Everyone seems to have their own idea about what “right back” means. Depending on the person saying it, it could mean a few hours or a couple of days.
6) “I don’t care…”
Teenagers are fond of this phrase. It is an emotional scapegoat. If “I don’t care” then whatever is going on will not affect me. The problem is that when you say “I don’t care”, we all know you do.
7) “I’m fine…”
This is probably the biggest lie we tell. ex. You come home from an awful day at work and your spouse asks how your day went. All you say is “I’m fine”, knowing you are nowhere near fine. Yet if you are not pressed, the conversation will never go any further than that.
8) “I don’t mean to…”
This phrase is used to apologize before a person does exactly what they said they “don’t mean to”. ex. You are having a conversation with someone and another person walks up to you and says, “I don’t mean to interrupt but… they were already interrupting when they said they didn’t mean to interrupt.
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My name is Lynette Logan. I am 33 years old. I live in Rochester, NY with my fiancé. I have a background in Psychology and Couple’s Counseling. Currently I am a freelance writing and working as a dance choreographer. Catch up with me on Facebook.