This initially was written for men so that we could understand the danger of not being cognizant of what our female partners are trying to transmit to us. We are basic creatures who need to have things described or discussed with us in basic terms. This is not to say that we are simple—not at all (contrary to beliefs held by some) but rather would prefer to get to the point without a great deal of hyperbole. Alas, we are still left in the dark on many occasions when trying to decipher the gist of our partner’s messages and the following list of the ‘Nine Important Words or Phrases Spoken By Women’ indicates the pitfalls awaiting men when we don’t understand the use of or the context of these most important utterings. Pay heed my men of the world—understanding these words just might save your life one day.
I have not created the following list as my own but I pass it along as a copy of an unknown author. None-the-less I believe it to be reasonably accurate.
1. FINE—This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
2. FIVE MINUTES—If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five minutes more to watch the game before helping around the house.
3. NOTHING—This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with ‘nothing’ usually end up in fine.
4. GO AHEAD—This is a dare, not permission. Don’t do it!!!!
5. A LOUD SIGH—This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing there and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing)
6. THAT”S OK—This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. ‘That’s OK’ means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
7. THANKS—A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here—This is true UNLESS she says ‘Thanks a lot’. That statement is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say ‘you’re welcome’ for that will bring on a ‘whatever’.
8. WHATEVER—Is a woman’s way of saying…”Take a frigin’ ride”.
And finally number 9:
9. DON”T WORRY ABOUT IT, I GOT IT—Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to #3.
Send this to all the men you know, to warn them about arguments they can avoid if they remember the terminology.
Send this to all the women you know to give them a good laugh, cause they know it’s true.
That’s how I see it anyway–Jim
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