June 16, 2011

Phrases We'd Like To Stab In The Face: "You're A Great Girl, But..."

Great, my ass!
Let me start by saying that the word "great" should be a good word. It's positive and upbeat. When I was younger, I'd be stoked to get a "Great!" sticker on my math homework. It truly did make me feel great to see it affixed to the top of the paper. If someone asked how I was, I'd say, "Great!" with a smile on my face. Everything was great. Popsicles were great. Bubble gum was great. Sweatshirts with kittens airbrushed on them were great. Great great great.

But hearing the word "great" out of a guy's mouth is the worst thing that's ever happened to me. He might as well say, "I can't stand you and I'm trying to let you down easy. Just let me get this sentence out so I can go back to watching the movie I've paused on Netflix. We're cool though, right?" No! We're not cool. Nothing is great. Everything is terrible.

I had NO IDEA how much hearing this word as an adult would suck. It's the absolute worst! In particular, hearing "You're a great girl, but" feels like a punch in the gut. It makes me wanna puke. I'd rather be called a profanity than "great." I'd rather him say, "You're a bitch, Anna." I'd probably agree with him!

Next time a guy tells me that I'm a "great girl," (which will be in like, three days I'm guessing) I'm going to smash my cell phone then go over to his house and smash HIS cell phone. No one can have a cell phone! Stop saying this phrase to me!

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The Verbose Anonymous said...

"You're a really great guy, but I only date men shorter than I am."

Anna said...

Ha! Did I say that to you or something? If I WERE to say such a thing, it'd be before we went out on a date, not after.

The Verbose Anonymous said...


No, you didn't say that to me. We've never even met. But I've had things like that said to me, and everybody else in creation has, too.

I just enjoy re-contextualizing statements to see how they sound in alternate contexts, sometimes. You're currently one of my favorite sources of original material, because your opinions are so clearly drawn, and represent a very specific viewpoint that happens to be easily reversed simply by gender swapping.

Nothing personal.

Anonymous said...

"No one can have a cell phone!" hahahaha

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