Saturday, February 18, 2006

I'm Just Saying

What do we mean when we say, "I'm just saying"? This little incomplete sentence that we throw out there? When you disagree with someone and you don't want conflict you can throw this little caveat in there and disarm whatever you just said.
"Do you want to go see a movie?"
"Sure. How about Brokeback Mountain?"
Replies with obvious disdain in voice, "Ah, Isn't that the one about gay cowboys?"
"Yeah, so? Is there something wrong with gay cowboys?"
"No...I'm just saying."
Or how about:
"Saturday night I have a date. With Jake...Gyllenhaal!"
Replies with obvious disdain in voice, "Ah, Doesn't he play a gay cowboy in that new movie?"
"Yeah, so?"
"Nothing. I'm just saying."

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