“…just sayin’”

No you’re not. You’re not ‘just saying’ anything. If you were ‘just saying’ something, there would be no reason at all for you to say whatever it is that you’re just saying. It would just fall from your face, unbidden. But that’s not the case, is it? You’re not really ‘just saying’ anything, are you? You’re saying something purposefully and, in your mind, it has some sort of pertinence to a subject that you and your listener are/were probably just very recently discussing.

id est


Her: You want a pair of shoes?

Him: No.

Her: You sure? They’re Crocs. They’re just like the ones you used to have, the ones I got you but lost. And look, they’re green.


Her: And they’re 25% off. (shrug) Just sayin’.

Lies! You’re NOT just saying for the sake of ‘saying’! You’re saying because you want me, err…him, to A: feel guilty that he lost a perfectly good pair of Crocs (ones that he happened to like very much), and B: you want me, err..him, to understand that were he to be interested in a new pair of Crocs (although he probably shouldn’t get them because he always loses the gifts you get him), now’s a good time because they’re on sale.

So no, we all know now exactly what you’re really saying when you say that you’re ‘JUST SAYING.’

Few of us, I dare say, ‘just say.’ The one example of one such person who ‘just says’ at times is Steve Carell’s character, Brick (the meteorologist) from the Anchorman movie series. Nothing more than a walking spout of non sequiturs, Brick’s utterances make no sense and have no logical reasoning for their existence or conversational positioning.

So, do we get it now? Can we stop (at least lessen) our ‘just sayings’ so that those listening can make sense of our words when and where we use them? When you want to say something, fine – say it, state it, spew it forth and seal it with a full stop. But, for the gods, at least admit that you’re doing it on purpose, not simply because it was an overweight stone of blather which (despite your effort against it) forced its way through your lips and polluted the conversational air.


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