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#162906 - 10/30/06 06:00 PM I was just saying
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Lately I note this expr used in mitigating response to an unwarranted umbrage, eg

John: What a colorful tie

Bill: So you think it's too bright? That I'm trying to draw attention? You think I'm a showoff?

John: I was just sayin'

I am wondering if you also have picked up on this usage, would you agree with my observation, or given my somewhat inadequate vocabulary, how could I have better described the phenom--thanks all


Edited by dalehileman (10/31/06 08:01 AM)
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#162907 - 10/30/06 08:46 PM Re: I was just saying
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I ain't sayin', I'm just sayin'.

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#162908 - 10/31/06 06:35 AM Re: I was just saying
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Fal: Good ones

Note that I edited my def in hope of better describing the phenom. Did I succeed and how could it be better put
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#162909 - 10/31/06 11:05 AM Re: I was just saying
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I only see it used by children in a pre-emptive strike. They know perfectly well that they're about to say something wrong but they seem to think if they preface it with this magical cantrip no harm will befall them.

Ummm, I'm just sayin', why are you so fat?

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#162910 - 10/31/06 11:28 AM Re: I was just saying
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'Wat ud ye be sayin', mistress?' said the countryman, whose attention the hostess had been unable to gain until he had cleared the passage for a response by an application to the jug.
'Why, I'm just sayin', Mr. Brady, she's a rare mither as ud trusten her wee led to tha Yorksheer measters.'
- E. Lloyd, Grumbleby Hall (1883)

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#162911 - 10/31/06 01:44 PM Re: I was just saying
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myr: Good one, I can use it

tsu: Thank you for that. However, in the sense I indicate, the respondent doesn't explain what it is he's sayin'
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#162912 - 10/31/06 05:39 PM Re: I was just saying
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Quote:

... in the sense I indicate, the respondent doesn't explain what it is he's sayin'




Wull... Cause he just said it.

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#162913 - 10/31/06 06:17 PM Re: I was just saying
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Fal: Sorry if I wasn't clear. What I meant to convey was that the expr "I was just sayin'" in the context of the example is one requiring no further elaboration on just what it was that the speaker was sayin' and so stands alone


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#162914 - 11/02/06 07:31 AM Ya' know?
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Another meaningless utterance that irritates me to hear is:
Ya' know

A carry-over from the early '80s it is overused/misused/abused far too frequently.

My mother-in-law peppers her speech liberally with this phrase:
"I was talking to Karen, ya' know, and she told me she went out to what's-his-name to get, ya' know, another thing for her, ya' know."
And on, and on.

Saddest of all is that, after a telephone conversation with her, my dear wife will carry the (bad) habit in her speech patterns for several hours!

Ya' know what I mean?
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#162915 - 11/02/06 08:05 AM Re: Ya' know?
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like, yeah.
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