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How would you take this?

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L0ST Wed 05-Oct-11 11:25:08

My wife pulled me up about the way I reprimanded our daughter this morning (I could have been more constructive).
I then said to my wife: "thats easy for you to say"
She took that to mean that I was making a point about the fact that she sometimes is less than constructive in her criticism as well.
I was actually pointing out that she hadn't been around earlier to see our daughters behaviour........and explained as much to her.

Question: If your other half said to you "thats easy for you to say", would you take that to mean they were pointing out that you do the same thing or would you interpret it as I meant it?
Over to you smile

worraliberty Wed 05-Oct-11 11:27:24

I'd interpret it the way you meant it

Salmotrutta Wed 05-Oct-11 11:27:46

I'd take it to mean "you haven't been in my position/weren't there/had to deal with this" (insert as appropriate).

aldiwhore Wed 05-Oct-11 11:27:50

You could have used more words so there was no room for misinterpretation.

Sounds like a normal bicker to me. YABU, and so was your wife probably!

I hate the phrase "That's easy for you to say" as its a dig, and erm, not very constructive?

HuwEdwards Wed 05-Oct-11 11:28:38

The way you meant it

Salmotrutta Wed 05-Oct-11 11:29:01

So, the way you meant it in other words! Sorry, posted before engaging brain! smile

Nowtspecial Wed 05-Oct-11 11:30:28

How you meant it.

slavetofilofax Wed 05-Oct-11 11:31:40

I'd take it the way you meant it.

I hope she didn't pull you up in front of your dd, because undermining the other parent is much worse than not explaining the telling off as clearly as you could.

TheTenantOfWildfellHall Wed 05-Oct-11 11:32:03

It would depend on the tone, facial expression and their attitude towards me generally.

Unfortunately, it's one of those expressions that's open to this exact confusion. Therefore, I'd expect my DH to say "'that's easy for you to say, you weren't here to see what happened!"

If he'd just said "that's easy for you to say", I think I'd assume he was having a bit of a dig and accusing me of being no different.

that's easy for you to say = you weren't/don't/haven't dealt with it so you don't know what you're on about. So shut up.

Is how I would interpret it grin

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