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14 Things We Say That We Don’t Really Mean

Sometimes we collegiettes are prone to exaggeration. It’s not that we’re overly dramatic (though sometimes we are… #sorrynotsorry), but it’s more that the way we speak on a daily basis doesn’t always align perfectly with what we actually mean. It’s not necessarily on purpose, but we all do it. Wondering what we’re talking about? Check out some examples below.

1. “I died.”

No, you did not die. You are not dead. You are still alive and standing right here in front of us, you ridiculous human. 

2. “You’re literally the worst.”

Really? We are the literal worst thing you’ve ever encountered in your entire life? We highly doubt that. 

3. “I can’t even.”

If you really wanted to, you could. 

4. “I’d kill a man for a taco right now.”

Not denying that Mexican food is, indeed, God’s greatest gift to the world, but for some reason we don’t belive you would murder a person over something as trivial as a taco. But that’s just us. 

5. “I’d rather do literally anything else than this homework.”

You’d rather jump into a pile of dog crap and roll around in it while “Friday” by Rebecca Black plays on repeat than finish your reading? Didn’t think so. 

6. “I haven’t texted him in forever.”

You texted him three days ago. That is not “forever” by any stretch of imagination. 

7. “I don’t care.”

Any time a girl says that she doesn’t care, it’s pretty safe to assume that she’s lying. She cares. Promise. 

8. “I’m fine.” 

Nothing about how you just said that makes us believe that you’re actually fine, Ms. Passive-Aggressive.  

9. “I hate you/him/them/her/everyone.”

You’re telling us you hate your grandparents? You’re telling us you hate Jennifer Lawrence? Puppies?! Yeah, that’s what we thought. 

10. “I’m never drinking again.”

You’re going to drink tonight. You might even drink before that. 

11. “I’m dreaming, pinch me!”

Stop. Never has that ever meant we actually wanted you to touch our cheeks. 

12. “I’m seriously going to throw myself in front of that bus.”

Okay, whatever. 

13. “We should get lunch sometime.” 

By sometime, we mean never.

14. “I’m freaking in love with you.”

You did me a favor, and I said that I loved you. This doesn’t mean I actually love you, want to date you, want you to text me, etc. Don’t let it go to your head. 


Maybe we should all learn to tell it like it is. Literally. 

Maddie is a senior at Boston College, where she spends her days fawning over literature and Art History textbooks. She was previously an editorial intern at Her Campus, and is now a HC contributing writer and blogger. Follow her on twitter @madschmitz for a collection of vaguely amusing tweets.