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I’m Just Sayin’

February 6, 2011

As far as disliked phrases go, “I’m Just Sayin’” is at the top of the list for me. I can’t stand this phrase and I’m tired of people saying it. If you’re interested in joining the soon-to-be-announced boycott of the phrase, contact me for details.

Maybe I’m missing something here and the phrase actually means something relevant, but when I hear it, all I hear is a trendy buzzword that means absolutely nothing beyond a lame, insincere, half-hearted excuse for purposely saying something mean and hurtful. Maybe I’m wrong and it’s none of those things? Maybe it’s just a flimsy justification for having a big mouth? Or not having any manners? Or lacking respect? I don’t know, I’m just sayin’.

“Wow, man, you smell!”
“Really? I just took a shower like five minutes ago.”
“I’m just sayin’ ”

Oh, you’re just sayin’! Haha. All is forgiven. (Rude)

“Are you putting on weight?
“Yeah, those pants look pretty tight on you.”
“They’re no tighter than . . . “
“I’m just sayin’ ”

Oh, you’re just sayin’! Haha. All is forgiven. (Jerk)

“Did you get my email?
“I did and have you ever thought of using spell check before sending? I’m just sayin’ ”

Oh, you’re just sayin’! Haha. All is forgiven. (Boor)

“I just finished that book and thought it was pretty good.”
“You liked that book? I thought it sucked and I can’t believe anyone liked it. I’m just sayin’ ”

Oh, you’re just sayin’! Haha. All is forgiven. (Putz)

It’s possible you like the phrase, “I’m just sayin’ ” and feel insulted after reading this little rant of mine and that’s understandable. You have a right to feel insulted. I’m just sayin’.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2011 1:28 pm

    Ya know, like, hate it too….I’m just sayin.


  2. CELT permalink
    February 6, 2011 3:56 pm

    That phrase doesn’t bother me at all. It’s just another way of saying something like “I’m just putting it out there for consideration” when someone comments on the state of someone or something (usually in a negative or controversial way). I don’t find it to be an apology, half-hearted or otherwise or excuse unlike the phrase “I’m just kidding” which is often said after saying something totally hurtful to someone and then the false pretense of “kidding” is added to the thought to either soften the blow or more likely to make the commenter seem like less of an asshat for making the comment in the first place. So as phrases go, I’ll take “I’m just saying” over “Just kidding” ANY day, even though both phrases are usually added after someone says something a more polite, considerate person would not have said out loud to or about someone/something. The “I’m just saying” phrase by it’s very utterance seems to invite comment from others as to if they agree or disagree with what has been said whereas “Just kidding” seems to shut down the lines of communication by implying having commented in the first place was faux pas, needing a take back excuse even though the damage has usually been done and no “just kidding” will convince the person it was aimed at that the original comment was not intended as it was originally uttered. I’m just sayin’…. 😉


  3. Rubia permalink
    February 6, 2011 6:12 pm

    I do think that “I’m just sayin” is usually used as an excuse for (purposely) saying something mean and hurtful. Maybe it’s just me, but when I say “I’m just kidding”, I really am. So if I used to say “I’m just sayin'”, it’d porbably means something mean. :p


  4. Rubia permalink
    February 6, 2011 6:12 pm



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