To The People Who Don’t Know When Not To Say “I’m Just Sayin”:
Would you please take a few seconds out of your busy schedule and do me a huge favor? Tell us clueless people exactly what in the world it is that you’re trying to say. What is your point? No seriously, I’m confused and I know I can’t be the only one.
You’ve been uttering this popular, yet overused phrase — “I’m just sayin” — at the end of statements and out of context for several months now, and I’m not sure I understand why.
No, there’s no real hate here. For years, it’s been a phrase that people have used in a humorous context, one that actually elicits a chuckle or maybe even the rare situation where someone actually laughs out loud. I’m sure I’ve used it a time or two. But in recent months, the meaning has been blurred to the point where “I’m just sayin” has become the new “swag,” i.e. the word/phrase I despise more than any other.
This troubles me because when used correctly, “I’m just sayin” can be the great jab that taps the intended target down after a jarring left hook. But instead of using the phrase the way it was meant — to diffuse the humorous slight you’ve just dished out — most of you are just saying “I’m just sayin” just to be saying something. That means you are, in fact, telling us nothing. You’re wasting words and time.
I get that it’s supposed to be like a #kanyeshrug of sorts. But you use it so often that it makes it seem as though you’re trying to Diddy-bop your way through life. In case you missed the 1990s, that’s not a good look.
Here’s my case in point from a random tweet I found after searching the hashtag #imjustsayin on Twitter:
“a fake orgasm is betta than no orgasm.. #imjustsayiin!!<<< Dat hurts a [ignorant man’s] pride, dnt do dat #imjustsayin”
Not much in those two tweets makes sense (grammar and all), especially the use of the hashtagged phrase. And I just wasted my time finding that to prove a point to you. No matter, though. You’re likely rolling on your floor laughing because you just read “#imjustsayin” twice within a few words.
I bet that if someone typed that phrase at the end of every sentence for no good reason, you’d find it funny. I’m just sayin. You obviously have nothing better to do with yourself except laugh when someone throws up a cue card in front of you like you’re sitting in Maury Povich’s audience. I’m just sayin. The card wouldn’t say “LAUGH.” No, it’d say “I’m just sayin” and you’d laugh. I’m just sayin. But I wish you would get a clue. I’m just sayin. A phrase like this loses all value when it’s overbaked. I’m just sayin.
See my point? Saying “I’m just sayin” won’t make you Dave Chappelle overnight. Hell, it won’t even make you Lil Duval (Well, maybe it would. He only has one basic joke anyway). You might as well go back to the good ole days of “Deez Nuts.”
Seriously, if you don’t get a grip, some nobody rapper is going get the bright idea to make a hook out of the phrase, wrap three senseless 16s around it and turn it into yet another ridiculous chart-topping, one-hit wonder that leads our nation’s misguided youth — you — further down an already bleak and confusing path.
Hell, you’re probably downloading it from MySpace right now, aren’t you?
I’m just sayin,
P.S. But for real, what in the hell are you saying?