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Why do people say, "I'll never take it off" then do it anyway?

Asked by Aster (19984points) December 26th, 2016

A friend of mine has a daughter who gave her a black leather bracelet years ago. My friend said, “it’s from her; I’ll never take it off.” Next time I saw her it was gone. Then my daughter said,“daddy gave this necklace to me. I’ll never take it off” and I’ve not seen it since. He’s still very much alive; I’m not being insensitive.” Am I the only person on here who would never utter those words? Happy New Year to everyone !

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Love_my_doggie's avatar

People say those words figuratively, not literally. What the person’s expressing is, “I’ll always treasure this item,” or, “This gift is very dear to me.”

I’m with you, @Aster. I think the phrase is unfortunate, and I’d never say it. Gift-giving is a sensitive matter, especially when the donor and donee are very close. A person puts time, thought, effort, and love into buying something special, wanting it to be perfect. When the recipient opens the gift, the giver pays very close attention, in hopeful anticipation, and takes the reactions to heart. At a moment like that, excessive words such as, “I’ll never take it off!” are likely to be interpreted literally.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

As with many words and phrases in the US, it has been gutted of true meaning, to just be that, mere words. I try to say what is truly meant, I myself would never say I would never take off, something someone gave me etc. because I know I actually will. I don’t say I will die for someone unless I truly in my heart would. People say they love each other all of the time but it is only conditional 90% of the time.

josie's avatar

I think it is a figure of speech.
Sort of like when Samuel L. Jackson said, “If that motherf——er [Trump] becomes president, I’m moving my black ass to South Africa”.

jca's avatar

If someone were really to go the rest of their lives without taking off an accessory like jewelry, it would become soiled from dirt, water, soap scum, etc. It’s not realistic to think someone would wear something for the next few decades.

To me, it’s a figure of speech. It’s not literal.

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