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flo's avatar

Please give examples of statements that lead to the legitimate response "That's saying nothing"?

Asked by flo (12974points) December 5th, 2016

It’s a legitimate response. But what statement/statements leads/lead to that response? When have you heard it or when have you used it?

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Zaku's avatar

Wherever you go, there you are.

Get a life.

What [sports team A] needs to do now is score some points, and prevent [opposing team] from scoring points.

Some people say…

A new study suggests that more/less of X may reduce the risk of Z.

flo's avatar

@Zaku For sure I agree with your 2nd and 3rd example. I just googled the 1st one:
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/wherever_you_go,_there_you_are

Zaku's avatar

@flo That’s a cool meaning for the 1st one, which I never realized was the intended meaning. Either I was missing what the speaker meant, or they also were just saying it in a more bland existential observation kind of way.

cazzie's avatar

‘It is what it is.’

flutherother's avatar

Football is a game if two halves.

ucme's avatar

I disagree with the apparent definition reflected in the answers given thus far.
To me it means the person is responding, or is about to, with something that they feel trumps what they just heard…

“I just bought a new Mercedes”

“That’s saying nothing, I bought a new Ferrari”

Just how it comes across to me, that kind of vibe.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

“It depends on what your definition of the word “is” is.”

“Coexist.”

“War is not the answer” (If the question is “what is the answer”).

“Jesus is the answer” (as there is no question).

“Polls show…”

“Your speed was 79 in a 70MPH zone.”

“I thought it was a really, really good movie.”

“I thought it was a really, really good restaurant.”

“It’s a great car.”

“It’s not you, it’s me.”

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