Just Sayin’

I have decided I am not a fan of, “just sayin”.

I'm sure you've heard it. It is usually appended at the end of a statement of opinion.

  • “That jacket does not show off your best features. Just sayin'.”
  • “That color looks like something you'd find in the babies diaper. Just sayin'.”
  • “It seems like you could find a better way to spend your spare time. Just sayin'.”

People use the phrase “just sayin” as a softener. A disclaimer.

A way of indicating, “I have a serious opinion about this, but I'm afraid you won't like it. So let's pretend I don't really mean it-that I'm ‘just saying' it, but don't expect you to do anything about it or even take me seriously.”

I'm working on this: if I say it, I mean it. And if I don't mean it, I don't say it.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.