A currently popular “space filler” amongst the young who are our future is “just saying.” What might this mean? There are a few possibilities:
- I don’t really agree with what I am saying I am merely mouthing off;
- there was a space in the conversation so I figured “best I fill it though I having nothing to say”
- this idea is probably rubbish or easily shown to be subjective indulgence so don’t take me up on it;
- I shall just ward off anyone who gets the idea they might perhaps, disagree with what I am suggesting here, so a bit of verbal defence is in order.
Whatever the meaning is supposed to be, there is idea that “although I am talking I don’t want anyone to take any notice or do anything different because of it.”
It is in fact a type of disclosed and declared conversational non event which at best registers my presence though not any idea or assertion I want to be held to.
Rather like a broken pencil then. Pointless. Does this matter. I’m not sure… just saying.