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I'm just sayin' ...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

You hear this phrase all the time these days, especially on facebook. People of all ages are saying, "I'm just sayin'."
I asked my mom if she knew the origin of it, and she sent the following:

The origin of “I’m just sayin’” is not clear, but most paths trace it back to Yiddish humor. “I’m just saying” was the way some Jewish vaudevillians ended a joke.

The phrase sends the message that the person making an editorial comment doesn’t want to be held responsible for the consequences or the proof to support his opinion.

An episode of Seinfeld analyzes “I’m just sayin’” in the same way the series put the phrase “yada, yada, yada” under the microscope. Jerry Seinfeld’s point with “I’m just sayin’” is that you can say just about anything negative or critical to another person as long as you follow it with “I’m just sayin’ . . .” It’s similar to Seinfeld’s tagline “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Ad Again: Another one I've heard young women/girls use with each other is: "Just kidding." They say something really mean to a friend and then follow it up with "Just Kidding," which, I suppose, is intended to be salve for the wound they've just inflicted. Still, it's really mean.

I'm just sayin' ...


Blogger Carla C. said...

You can also make anything sound like a double entendre if you add, "... so to speak" with a knowing leer. People will think they are just too dim to "get it" and nod along knowingly.

May 25, 2010 at 7:12 PM  

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