Wednesday, July 2, 2008

What the thing really is


I have a bad habit of using the phrase 'The thing is..' to interject or interrupt someone when i think my conversational idea is better than theirs. I do it more often than I'd like to admit. And the thing is, well, whatever I end up saying after that is a complete and utter diversion to the the actual 'thing' at hand. In fact, more often than not, it has no relation to the actual thing at all, and so my claim to revealing the actual 'thing,' this miraculous nugget of truth that somehow sheds light on the whole subject turns out to be a sham. Anyone who knows me knows that I can be a total jerk. Just to be honest about things, I should be saying something along the lines of: 'The thing is, you bore me and I'm changing the subject in an awkward way that will either force you to call me on it, or allow me to hijack this conversation. That is the 'thing.' I need therapy.

3 comments:

Scott Sunaoka said...

hang on, i think that's a great way to get out of a conversation. i mean it's better than just turning your back to someone and walking away. i think i'm going to try it in the future.

Monique said...

i hope people call you out on that. cause really no one has any interest in your opinion...or anyone else's for that matter

Mike said...

That's funny man. I know a guy who says, "the thing is" all the time.

Did you guys ever hear a comedian talk about the line, "I don't mean to be rude but..." and what always follows is always a rude comment?

I guess that's similar to:

"I don't mean to be nosy but..."
"I'm not a racist but..."

or maybe, "no offense but..."
(...you have major B.O.)