What The Fixx Said

“Why don’t they do what they say? Say what they mean? One thing leads to another…”

That’s one of my favorite 80s songs, and I think the basic premise still holds up. Here are a few of the ways we BS each other.

What is said: “I didn’t get your text.”

What is meant: “I got your text but I didn’t think it was important enough to merit an immediate response, and I soon forgot all about it. By the time I remembered, it would’ve been weird to reply.”


What is said: “I’m not looking for a relationship right now.”

What is meant: “I’m crushing on someone and I want to stay available in case they get interested.”


What is said: “Call me and remind me.”

What is meant: “I’m not saying ‘no’ right now because I don’t feel like having that conversation. Also, I’m incapable of taking responsibility for my own social calendar.”


What is said: (posted on social media) “I’m your biggest fan.”

What is meant: “I’m posting this because I’m extremely insecure and I feel like I have to stake my territory. Someone should slap the taste out of my mouth.”


What is said: “I just don’t know how in the world you could think that.”

What is meant: “I don’t actually have any good arguments for my position and it’s just easier to call you crazy.”


What is said: “All the good ones are taken.”

What is meant: “I’m not attracted to any of the people who are attracted to me, so I’m throwing a line out there to see if there’s someone I don’t know about.”


What is said: (after receiving a compliment) “Aww thanks.”

What is meant: “While I appreciate the compliment, you aren’t an attractive option to me and returning the compliment would give you false hope. If you continue your advance, I’ll tell you that I didn’t get your text or that I’m not looking for a relationship right now.”

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