“What They Really Mean” / Memorable Fancies #651

(1) “No one is saying that…”, beloved of pundits and politicians [means] “If you say that, I will ignore you because you don’t count.”

(2) “No one believes that…”: similar to above.

(3) “That’s a given” [means] “I’m not going to bother giving you reasons for what I just said.”

(4) “You know,” [means] “I don’t need to ask you what you know, because I’m telling you what you know.”

(5) “Remember…” (a) [means] “You are now functioning as my offline data storage device.”

(6) or,  “Remember…” (b) [means] “I know you didn’t know that, but I’ll just pretend you did!”



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