when what you say is the exact opposite of what is the case

@jb78000 (15173)
May 8, 2011 11:23am CST
and everybody knows it. for example here is a quick translation guide to some very well-known examples: with all due respect = i don't respect you one little bit it is not you, it's me = it's you you are stupid = i am stupid etc can anybody think of some more examples? and why do people use these phrases when almost everybody knows what they really mean?
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@GardenGerty (104004)
• United States
8 May 11
How about "It is only my opinion" when you mean "Only my opinion counts." or "You must have misunderstood." when they understood all too well.
@jb78000 (15173)
8 May 11
and two more classics!
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@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
9 May 11
hi fellow mylotters also another classic "oh I could be wrong but" meaning you know you are right all along and will not take anyone else's viewpoints at all.My mom used to do that one a lot until one day I said,"Mom yes you are wrong,sorry to say." oh my G sorry to say means really I love telling you this so there or the classic one when someone is late and you catch him not even starting to come meet you. "oh dear, I was just leaving but" means I got busy watching television and forgot completely til you phoned me.
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
10 May 11
H.L. Mencken said "When somebody says 'it's not about the money'--it's about the money."
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@jb78000 (15173)
10 May 11
definitely...
@celticeagle (120448)
• Boise, Idaho
9 May 11
I am fine or I'm okay when you actually feel like crap. That is a major one for me. You can see it a person's eye and they way they state it. They are trying to believe it as much as they are wanting you to. And why do people waste their time? It is really sad. Life is short.
@celticeagle (120448)
• Boise, Idaho
9 May 11
I thing you are so right! They don't even ask it ernestly. Just in passing.
@jb78000 (15173)
9 May 11
i think 'how are you' and 'fine thanks' just mean 'hi' now.
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@celticeagle (120448)
• Boise, Idaho
9 May 11
I think so too.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 May 11
You can do what you want = boy are you making a huge mistake!
@jb78000 (15173)
10 May 11
that and "it's your decision", which = "yes, and it is a very bad one"
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 May 11
or my ex this morning with his last ditch "please reconsider" pitch: it will be much harder = I dare you to survive without me
@katieh (151)
9 May 11
And then there's my personal favourite: "No offence, but..." I am trying to teach my daughter that saying "no offence" doesn't magically stop something from being offensive.
@katieh (151)
9 May 11
Ack! Sorry drasnian, I managed to miss that you'd said the exact same thing!
@jb78000 (15173)
10 May 11
no offense but i think you are repeating what has just been said in the box above. yep. it's a popular one.
• United States
12 May 11
Missing my all time favorites You can trust me = you shouldn't trust me I'm a good guy = I have to say it because I'm not You don't know what you're talking about = I'm in denial He/She would never do that = he/she would but I hope they don't I promise I'll pay you back = I've never payed anyone back I think all these we talk about were worth saying before everyone used them in the opposite meaning context like it was somehow going to make things better. Funny how we rarely believe what anyone says then so easily get offended when people say things. your opinion is worthless = until it offends me
@jb78000 (15173)
12 May 11
those definitely belong in the top ten. the good guy reminds me of another "Why do nice guys get the rough end of the stick?" and various whiny variations on this. always begs the question, because you always get it from the same type, - "how would you know? you are not a nice guy. 'lame' is not the same as 'nice'".
@drasnian (548)
9 May 11
"No offence, but..." Which actually means = "I'm about to say something really rude/harsh/offensive, but I don't feel guilty because I said 'no offence' so if you get offended it's your issue, not what I said, that's at fault".
@jb78000 (15173)
9 May 11
oh yes, that is an even more CYA version of 'i'm sorry but'
• United States
9 May 11
couldn't think of anyting new to add, but I did enjoy reading the responses. nice discussion thread
@jb78000 (15173)
9 May 11
glad you are enjoying it :)
• United States
9 May 11
Okay, first I must ask... what's up with the bunnies? Do you love rabbits? I'm asking because I love rabbits. I have 2 and they are my babies. Okay, I have plenty of times said one thing and it was taken as the exact opposite. When I say no, i'm fine... People ask what's wrong and keep it going. I was really fine! Until they kept asking.
@jb78000 (15173)
9 May 11
i AM a rabbit. anyway, well, yes i like bunnies. are yours house rabbits?
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
9 May 11
'Frankly speaking' - I am about to tell a lie 'As a matter of fact' - I am about to tell another lie 'If you want to know the truth' - excuse me - truth coming from you?
@jb78000 (15173)
9 May 11
oh yes. also: truth be told = well you know verily = as the rest but pretentious honest, i swear on... + anything accompanied by a fixed stare because mr or mrs liar think looking away shows they are lying. if anybody ever tells you anything while looking you straight in the eye, continuously, and not blinking - they are lying.