There was recently a story on the news about this but I’ll be darned if I can remember which channel I was watching at the time and I’ve tried finding it but like anything else, when you’re looking, it’s nowhere to be found but I remember the gist of the story enough.
It was about someone who said something totally inappropriate to someone and the person took offense so they gave the old “I was just kidding” remark.
Do you know people like this? I have a brother in law who used to do this to me all the time. We were pretty close and he really knew how to get my goat. I didn’t always react and a lot of time I’d let it go in one ear and out the other but there were times that he really hurt my feelings and the thing he was “kidding” about hit a little to close to home and I’d get mad and say something. The first words out of his mouth was “I was just kidding, lighten up Francis.” I didn’t always appreciate his humor.
The thing is, I don’t think he was always just joking around. I think he said that only “if” it hit me wrong and that he did mean it but had that pat answer down just in case someone did get mad. He said things like this to everyone and he would always say the same thing if anyone got mad at him.
Do you know people like this who use the old “I was only kidding” to get them out of hot water or to get the big foot out of their mouth?