Are you an 'I told you so' person? Do you know any?

@AmbiePam (45025)
United States
October 24, 2008 12:20pm CST
As I grew into an adult I have tried very hard not to whip out those words 'I told you so'. We could probably put the same meaning in a different phrase, but people don't want to hear you were right and they were wrong. I usually only have the desire to say that when I have proved right over someone very arrogant. The arrogance grates on my nerves, so they are usually my only temptation to use those words on. What about you?
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
27 Oct 08
Well, i don't really say "I told you so"... since that adds insult to injury for some people who made a mistake... i just keep quiet... and give them a meaningful look... which says... "next time... listen to what i tell you to do"... most of my friends would usually get that immediately...
@AmbiePam (45025)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Wise idea.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I hate it, but I find it hard to stop myself sometimes, and though I don't actually say it in so many words, it means the same thing. I would rather just stay silent, and most of the time those involved will know you were right, and may even acknowledge that you were.
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@AmbiePam (45025)
• United States
25 Oct 08
True. Sometimes it seems it's an unspoken thing that both parties recognize, maybe with just a look.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Hey ambie! You are a better woman than I! I have no problem in saying those words! I will definitely say "I told you so" if it is warranted! Why not! If someone deserves it they sure will hear it from me! I hate people who think that they are so damn smart and that they are always right when they aren't. So if they want to be so sure of themselves all the time and think that they know it all then I will be more than glad to let them have it when I catch them being wrong. I will be so happy to tell them that I told you so as often as I possibly can!
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@AmbiePam (45025)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I need you to tag along with me, so that when I want to tell someone I told you so, I won't have to, I'll have you to do it! : )
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
24 Oct 08
I told you so comes out in many ways, like oh no I did that and it didn't work, you told them it wouldn't and hmmm (translated, I told you so) or en ha ( I told you so) or you don't say ( I told you so) or is that right ( I told you so) or really? ( I told you so) or you could have save yourself a lot of problems had you listened to me (I told you so) Isn't that interesting ( I told you so) No shite ( I told you so)
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@AmbiePam (45025)
• United States
25 Oct 08
@munhozmib (3730)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
24 Oct 08
Hello, AmbiePam. No, I am not somebody like that, but I know a person. My ex-girlfriend. This get on my nerves! She is not an "I told you so" person, but almost. Everything that happens, she just says: "I knew it a while ago already.". You might think that there is no problem, but if we have a couple of friends that get together, she says: "I already knew it. I'm going to mount a barrack with my crystal ball and start earning.". Then they break up: "I already knew it.". Then they keep their friendship: "I already knew it.". Somebody falls: "I already knew it.". In fact, she didn't knew anything. She just says she did, because she might have already imagined, but she didn't knew it was going to happen. She always says she knew things, and this gets on my nerves. Sometimes she says her life sucks. Then why doesn't she change the future? I mean, she already know what is going to happen... The worst is when you fail at something and she says: "I already knew it". Lol She support you and then know she said you would fail.
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@AmbiePam (45025)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Good response!
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Oh how I enjoy using that phrase on my husband. He thinks he is always right and I'm sad to say that he pretty much is 99.9% of the time. It is not often I catch him out and when I do, it's the first thing I say LOL and boy does it feel good when I say it haha. I know I shouldn't but my husband can be very arrogant at times and that gets on my nerves LOL
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@AmbiePam (45025)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Good for you, lol.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
15 Nov 08
My mom is a I told you so person. And so is my husband neither wants to leave you to wallow in your own self pity with rubbing your nose a smidgen in it..
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@omar0913 (943)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Oct 08
I do'nt think I have used that phrase to anyone, but I think if I did, it's for the person who consider themeselves as perfectionist, who happens to be just covering up their wrong doings. Take Care ...LOL
• Australia
25 Oct 08
I don't usually use that phrase cos it's only going to provoke the other party, especially when the party is frustrated. But when i try to suggest something and it's dismissed or thought wrong but turned out to be right, i'll defintiely say something like "See, that was what i said" and probably mutter an insult too haha..
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• China
25 Oct 08
frankly speaking, i never say "i told you so'. maybe because of my personality. i'm not good at chatting, speaking, teaching. it's always someday else says to me"i told you so'. as you said, i don't like to hear that. i hate the people who say that to me.
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• Philippines
25 Oct 08
Yes I am, unfortunately. I cannot help it at times especially when people insist on doing things their way and then when it does not work out, I just cannot help it but blurt it out much to the demise of those who become my victims. I know I have to change this, and I am trying especially now that I am married.
@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I'll say "I told you so" to friends, but only with a big smile and a laugh - and when I'm wrong they do it back. I have to say that the arrogant are the ones you want to rub their noses in being wrong tho - and I have probably done it to them too.
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• United States
24 Oct 08
I can be like that. I especially have to resist the urge if I keep talking to someone about about something and they keep ignoring what I have to say over and over again. I also have the urge to say it to people that are pretty arogant as well. I get so tired of always telling them things and being ignored. It really does get old after awhile.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
24 Oct 08
I try so hard not to be because I know that it is a phrase that really does get up peoples noses. My trouble is that I am usually right in my house, and as annoying as it is I always am. I never say to my family that I told them so, I just try and put it differently and nicely, it is hard though.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
24 Oct 08
No....I am not an I told you so person. Most of the time I don't say alot even when I give advice. But in reality....I've been to the school of hard knocks and know a little bit about alot of stuff....and if I don't know I find out...so when someone asks me for advice and they don't take it.....I figure it part of their education!
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@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Oh Ambie, I live this almost every day..I don't say it, but I am told, "you were right" way too many times to count..And that makes me angry, because certain people should know by now, that most of the time, when I have an opinion,I am right and I hate hearing them tell me that..
@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
24 Oct 08
No, I don't think I've ever used that phrase or even implied to someone that I had been right about something upon which we disagreed. Usually, whatever the matter was, it's rather obvious that I was right and I don't have to rub it in...no matter how obnoxious the other person might have acted. Now that being said...I'll probably have to bite my tongue if a certain person gets into the White House.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
24 Oct 08
AmbiePam I do not think that I have ever used that phrase in my life. However, I have thought it many times! I do find it an annoying phrase, one that is often used by people who are far from perfect themselves. P1ke
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