Monday, 10 September 2012

722. What we mean is what we don't say... (72)

We say:  (To a child)  I don't think that's a very good idea...

We mean:  I'm going to get very cross with you if you do it.

What it says about us:  By understating it I'm letting you think I'm treating you like an adult.  You're still too young to understand how cleverly I'm dealing with the situation.


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