Things People Say and What They Actually Mean

I’ve seen a lot of these lists recently, and they’re all very funny in the fact that they’re absolutely true. I thought I’d add my own from my various experiences of life.


1. I’ll be there in twenty minutes: I still haven’t got dressed and can’t find my handbag.

2. I’ll be there as soon as I can, I’m still waiting for a taxi: See number 1.

3. It’s not really my style, but I’m sure it would look good on you: I hate that outfit.

4. Well, if that’s your decision then I’ll support you: I totally disagree with your decision but I’m not going to say anything.

5. Do you think I’m overreacting?: I don’t care whether you think I’m overreacting, I expect you to agree with me.


6. As long as he makes you happy: I think he’s a douchebag.

7. I’m going to the bar, does anyone want a drink?: I’m asking when I can see you’ve all got full glasses, but don’t want to be accused of not buying a round.

8. (When asked for a choice between two options) I’m happy with either, you choose: I know what I want to do but don’t want to be responsible for you being bored.

9. I haven’t got any money: I don’t want to go.

10. Ooh, you look really pretty today: I see you’ve bothered to put makeup on today.

11. Sorry I didn’t get your message, I think that there’s something wrong with my phone: I completely forgot to reply to your initial message.


12. Sorry, but… : I’m not sorry, I’m just about to tell you that you’re wrong.

13. Ok, I’ll give it a go: I’m not going to even attempt to do it as I can’t be bothered, but I’m going to ask for help again later on and give the impression that I’ve really tried.

14. I hear what you’re saying, but… : I totally disagree and don’t really want to have any further conversations about it.

15. I was really disappointed when you… : You really p*ssed me off.

16. If you’re free for a catch-up let me know: I know that neither of us are going to contact each other, but I thought I would be polite.

17. It’s not you, it’s me: It’s you. Definitely you.

18. Haha! Only joking! : I wasn’t joking.


19. Thanks anyway: Thanks for nothing.

20. I’m not ready for a relationship right now: I’m not attracted to you enough to want to be in a monogamous relationship with you.

21. Aww, he’s a little bruiser isn’t he!: Your child is overweight.

22. I’m not feeling well: I want to stay in, watch TV and eat Doritos.

23. Lol: I didn’t laugh, but I am acknowledging the fact that you made a joke.

24. Do you want the last one?: I really want the last one and am hoping that you’ll let me have it.


25. I’ll be ok: I’m fed up, but I don’t want to talk about it anymore and I would like you to shut up now.

26. I’m going to go, I’ve got be to up early for work tomorrow: I’m bored.

27. You look like you need a hand: You’re doing a rubbish job and I think I can do it better.

What about you guys? Do people around you say things that they don’t mean?

You can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr @suzie81blog


88 thoughts on “Things People Say and What They Actually Mean

  1. I’m sorry but: ……
    No Susie I tend to be straight forward and honest, except for point 16 – i don’t like to be rude.
    But I’m sure alot of people say things they do not mean. The thing is one needs to be able to pick up on it, but I’d rather just prefear honesty.

  2. I have been trying to train myself to just be honest with my friends. For instance, when they get together and I don’t feel like going, I just say “Guys, thanks for the invite but I just feel like staying home tonight/this weekend/etc.” I find that people appreciate when you actually MEAN what you say and not come up with an excuse like “oh I have so much to do!” Claiming that you are busy when you are not is the lamest thing ever. Thanks for the post!

  3. This is so great, mostly because I can actually personally connect with using most of them on a regular basis! This is a wonderful post, and it’s very easy to relate to!

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  5. #10 & #24 made me laugh out loud [really, for true]. This is a great list. I feel like there should be a drinking game built around it. Wouldn’t that be fun?!!

    [And btw, Susie sent me. Nice to meet you.]

  6. “Susie sent me.”
    Not only have I been on the receiving end of these but I am pretty sure I’ve used almost every one. That doesn’t make me a bad person, right? Insert respons #12 or #14 here.

  7. I’ve been accused of being brutally honest/blunt. It’s nice when I meet others who don’t play those games. I may sometimes soften my choice of words, but people don’t usually have to wonder where I stand on anything. Life is too short. Love your phrase selections. Glad you shared at Susie’s place!

  8. Ha! Yes, there are a number of these that I’ve either had used on me, or that I’ve tried to be polite and used. BTW, Suzie sent me. *s* Fun post!

  9. These are funny! Thank God, we live in a society that allows us to be indirect. I would hate to be a mind reader. I would be mad at everyone!!!!
    Thanks for bringing this link to the party. Have fun and don’t forget to dance!

  10. Fun post! Reminds me of a friend who decided to tell the absolute truth 100% of the time. We called it “vomit honesty” because it was often rather jarring, as when someone asked, “Do you like my new haircut?” and she instantly replied, “No, I think it makes you look like a serial killer.”

  11. Your baby is so healthy! = Your baby looks like a cross between Elmer Fudd and an anaconda.
    Your baby is so healthy and substantial! = Your baby looks like a FAT cross between Elmer Fudd and an anaconda.

    Susie sent me and I’m so glad she did. This is a very life-useful translator.

  12. Great list! #1 is me all the time. I also use “I’ll think about it” when someone asks me to do something but I actually me “no, I’m not going to do that but I’ll make you think I might just so you won’t feel too bad when I do say no” OR “no, and I’m going to ignore you about this from now on and hope you forgot to ask me”
    Stopping by from the SITs Girls Saturday Sharefest.

  13. Yes to this list!

    I do the “I’m sorry..” thing a lot. Or “no offense.” But really, I don’t MEAN to offend…

  14. Hahaha! Ohhhh so true! Especially #10 & #17… Sure, we ask prefer honesty in some areas…but when I ask someone if this outfit looks ok, I would rather they temper the brutal truth with a little kindness. 🙂

    • I agree – ‘you look like you’re wearing a bin bag’ was a brutally honest comment I once received and even though I appreciated the honesty I couldn’t help feeling paranoid for the rest of the night…

  15. I tell lies all the time. I don’t tell mum’s their kids are little bruisers, I tell them they are, or would be if they put their teeth in. Lists like this remind me that the lies we tell ourselves are who we are.

  16. I really enjoyed this. I find it so ironic that honesty is considered impolite but yet, using everyday “reasons” like these are okay.

  17. “You are over-reacting” really means “Yeah, I did that awful thing but I don’t want to be accountable and take responsibility for it, so I’m going to make you the bad one”.

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