Take care, drive safe, and so on

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  1. Gary->dee

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    What(dramatic pause) exactly is the purpose of telling someone to "take care", "drive safe", "be safe" or even "have fun" and so on? I mean is the person you're telling this to supposed to remember these verbal gems at the right moment and suddenly adjust their mannerisms because YOU told them to? I understand it's normal protocal, good manners, routine, habit, etc. but I'm becoming more leery of these often uttered phrases that in the end, mean nothing. It's as if in lew of saying simply "good-bye" or "bye" people have to get personal and cast this magical verbal spell upon someone that is leaving.

    Hey I'm driving like an ass but I just remembered that Gary told me to drive safe so I better do so!

    And what exactly does "take care" mean? Take care of what and how? Is "take care" and other likewise verbal good gestures pseudo-blessings in disguise? As if you're invoking a spirit or an angel that will suddenly attach itself to the person you tell this to because otherwise it won't happen and the person that's leaving will NOT take care or be safe and for that matter die a horrible death?

    OH GOD they're dead! If I'd only told them to "take care" or "drive safe" they wouldn't have died! Shit I told them to "have fun" instead!

    Might as well tell someone "May the Force be with you" or "Live long and prosper".

    Man I better live long and prosper because, you know, he told me to.

    So are any of these old sayings commands, orders, blessings, friendly gestures, useless words or something else?
     
  2. Patrick_S

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    Good God some people just have far too much time on their hands.

    Why are these salutations meaningless? Because you think they are meaningless?

    Certainly when I say "take care" to my boss it is meaningless because I could care less but when I say it to some one I like or care for it is significant because I do wish them the best and there is no harm is expressing it verbally.

    Take care. (I'll let you guess at the sincerity of that one) [​IMG]
     
  3. Rob Speicher

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    Take...luck!
     
  4. Kirk Gunn

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    "F-k off and die !"

    (no one I know has lived by this gem yet....)

    "Glad to see you go"

    (does not require follow-up from recipient)
     
  5. John Watson

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    "Here's your hat. What's your hurry?"

    wordsworsdwordsworsdwoerdweirdzwurdsworldwithouten d....
     
  6. Philip_G

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    simply a polite way to conclude a conversation. I think it's less a way to express your concern for their safety, and more a way of saying "OK it's time for you to go that way and me to go this way, bye"
    but that's just me.
     
  7. Jay H

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    I dunno, I've always ended conversations with "Bite me, you foul spewing mongrel".

    Surprisingly, I don't talk to others that much anymore.

    Piss off!
     
  8. Philip_G

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    I was thinking about it as I typed that, I speak with mostly europeans at work, and the most awkward part of the conversation is ending it, most americans take subtle little hints that it's time to go, sometimes the people I speak with don't, that's why I notice things like that I guess.

    sometimes they speak in one huge run-on like I'm typing this morning.
     
  9. Scott Strang

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    Who cares?
     
  10. Scott Strang

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  11. John Watson

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    I'll be back!
     
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    Gary, ever considered therapy?
     
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    Gary->dee, you've hit upon a favorite subject of mine: Goodbyes and Sending Love (and the source of my sig).

    Courtesy of George Carlin:

     
  15. Glenn Overholt

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    Yes, Carlin is so right, even if he did get carried away a little.

    Everyone is so used to saying things without thinking, especially with goodbyes - and hello's.

    Everyone should really try this. I started doing it years ago and it is so funny. When you come up to your friend and you get asked something like, "How's it going?" Reply with, "Oh, so, so" or "really crappy".

    Anyway, you get the idea. See how many of them actually heard what you said, and how many ignore it.

    Glenn
     
  16. John Watson

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    "See you later, alligator"

    "In a while, crocodile"

    Well, jeez, at least they used to busta rhyme [​IMG]
     
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    Or as the Austrians say, "brech Sich das Bein und Arm"....

    (hope I remember the spelling.)
     
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