Definition of Just Sayin’

You’ve heard everyone saying “Just Sayin’, so what does Just Sayin’ mean exactly? What is the definition of Just Sayin’? How do I use it in a sentence or statement?

According to the Urban Dictionary, here is the definition of the phrase Just Sayin’ and some tips on how to use it in your speech.

- Just Sayin’ (juhst – sey-in)

1. A phrase used to diffuse any ill feelings caused by a preceded remark. (sort of like a mentos).

“dude, your girl has cankles…just sayin’.”

2. A term coined to be used at the end of something insulting or offensive to take the heat off you when you say it.

“Honey, you’ve really let yourself go. I think you need to go to the gym. Just Sayin’.”

3. This term is used after you inject your statement/opinion into a conversation. Generally, this statement/opinion is non-factual, so by saying “just sayin’”, you are clarifying that this statement/opinion is unprovable and it is just a thought off the top of your head.

“Bill: So, what are your thoughts on Chrissy?
Dean: Honestly, I think she’s pretty stupid lookin’.
Dean: Just sayin’.
Bill: Truth.”

4. As a phrase it is used to emphasize a point, conclude a statement, or to generally annoy. This phrase was coined and is frequently used by members of Open Mind, a popular MySpace Group.

“There are some funny people in that group. Just sayin’.”

5. This often rage-inducing saying is typically preceded by a blatantly honest statement that’s likely to insult at least one person with it’s cold, bitter truth. Frequent usage of this saying can spread it’s use like a highly aggressive plague, eventually saturating almost all conversations, particularly on the Internet where anonymity encourages impolite truths.

6. A very addictive phrase – just sayin’ :)

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Just Sayin’
April 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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Rod April 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I’ve never felt comfortable using the phrase “I’m just saying…” And I feel very UNcomfortable when I here/read others using it. Just sets me on edge. To me it’s akin to saying, I’m right, you’re wrong, case closed.” Perhaps I’m wrong. In a few years, like most other expressions it will die out.

dawg December 9, 2011 at 2:44 am

A childish phrase to be honest. If someone feels the need to say something they know to be hurtful, either rethink the need to say it, or just step up and own it. The disclaimer is pretty weak.

Nelda August 29, 2013 at 3:26 am

Why do people have to make the phrase mean more than it does? “Just saying” means, just that…. “just my opinion, my thought”… “don’t blow what I say out of proportion, don’t have a cow man”… I am just saying… “my views”.

NoJeansBob September 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

Yes, apart from its inherently cowardice nature (since it is a half assed disclaimer), the phrase “I’m just sayin’…” has long since reached clichéd status. For it to be built in to many a youth’s vernacular and uttered almost automatically at the end of a disparaging statement is equally annoying as its wimpy implication. What one really demonstrates in saying this idiotic phrase is that they don’t mind being pinned with the distinction of being less sophisticated as well as less imaginative. I almost can’t believe that millions of people would take more comfort in adopting a played out phrase than in wanting to be eloquent or original. The preponderance of the use of “I’m just saying…” or any other instant catchphrase that becomes all the rage overnight (take your pick from any number of dumb things people mindlessly say: “YOLO”, “Baby Mama”, “Epic fail”, etc.) speaks to how lowbrow our society is devolving.

innergift December 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

“Just sayin” seems to be used as a tonal nuance with an emphasis on “toadja so” …. just sayin! :-)

Blue June 25, 2014 at 3:51 am

My father said that a lot 50 years ago. He always thought he was right, and when he was proved wrong he would add, “Well, just sayin’.”

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