What the British Say and What It Actually Means

The British are known for their roundabout way of saying things instead of taking the direct approach - which would save a lot of time and would be much less confusing. Here I share some examples of we say and what we really mean...

The Top Ten

1 With all due respect - You're wrong entirely

Mr. Dennit: Ricky, your little obscene gesture is going to cost you 100 points. Do you know how much that costs us in sponsorship dollars?
Ricky: With all due respect, Mr. Dennit, I had no idea you'd gotten experimental surgery to have your balls removed.
Mr. Dennit: What did you just say to me?
Ricky: What? I said it with all due respect!
Mr. Dennit: Just because you say that doesn't mean you get to say whatever you want to say to me!
Ricky: It sure as hell does!
Mr. Dennit: No, it doesn't--
Ricky: It's in the Geneva Conventions, look it up! - Finch

2 Honestly I'm fine - I'm about to have a meltdown

Haha! NOW I THINK THAT PositronWildhawk said this to me once. This list is helpful. - funnyuser

A similar thing I notice about girls, in general. Including me! - keycha1n

Love this list but this is the best!

3 That's quite good - it's terrible
4 I'll bear that in mind - I'll forget it as soon as I leave

Haha this one sounds familiar! - keyson

5 I shouldn't really... - Yes!

Oh I shouldn't really... Go on then, if you're having one. Why don't we just say what we mean?! - Britgirl

6 Correct me if I'm wrong - I don't want to be contradicted
7 The subject is closed - you were right

We don't like admitting this. Ever. - Britgirl

8 Oh, it's only a minor injury - My ankle has been ripped off by a bear trap

As was once said on a medical show on British television, his heart is not beating, but he's just fine. - PositronWildhawk

Never ones to make a big deal, the Brits. Had a leg amputated? Pah! No problem, we have another! - Britgirl

9 I'll get back to you - You'll never hear from me again
10 Tell me about it - DON'T tell me about it!

"Tell me all about your trip to Pets At Home, Mum! " is a common phrase of mine. - PositronWildhawk

We really aren't that interested. We are just good at appearing it. - Britgirl

We say this in the USA too! - RockFashionista

The Contenders

11 How interesting - I really couldn't care less

It actually means: “it is rubbish.”.

12 You are Brave - You are an idiot
13 I think we'll be off now - I think you should leave now. Not me.
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Top Remixes

1. With all due respect - You're wrong entirely
2. Honestly I'm fine - I'm about to have a meltdown
3. That's quite good - it's terrible


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