Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Don't quote me on that!!!

"Don't quote me on that" is such a wonderful phrase. It is an incredible ploy to say anything and everything and yet get away with it by disclaiming what has just been said.

Of course, once disclaimed, the listeners are then free to go ahead and repeat what they just heard from a reliable source, but just don’t quote them on that.

If the information turns out to be true, then the original perpetrator gets to say “I told you so”. If the information, however, turns out to be false, they could not be held liable.

It’s a Win-Win situation.

2 comments:

  1. Very True. Even "Chanakya" if living today will love to include this most clever and diplomatic pharse in his "Chanayka Neeti" along with or sometimes followed by earlier pharse i.e."That's only between you and me". As u said ,if information comes out true, v can always say i already knew it and told so and so, u can ask him.

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  2. @Neena: Thanx for your comment... I agree with you that this is indeed a very wonderful phrase... with all the glory that you may want and none of the blame associated with it!

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