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The 5 Most Misconstrued Texts By People in a Relationship

October 28, 2010

Anyone in a relationship or who has been in a relationship knows that a great deal of fights are started because of a simple text.  It’s not there’s anything malicious about the text itself, it’s that the person on the receiving end misinterpreted its tone.  I’ve done this myself on numerous occasions.

Since there’s no kind of tone-indicator on a text message, this problem is one that doesn’t seem to be going away.  Here’s the 5 most misconstrued texts by people in a relationship.

Intended meaning: Yes, the last thing you said is completely fine with me.  I have absolutely no problem with it.

Misinterpreted Meaning: THAT’S JUST FINE! Let’s just do what you want, because that’s all we ever do.  I mean, why would I want us to do something that I enjoy, for once? That would just be selfish and bring me some happiness, so why would we want to do that?  Let’s just do what you want, and I’ll be fine.

Intended Meaning: Hey, could you hold on for just a second?  I’m currently doing something that only allowed me enough time to say hold on, but I didn’t want you to think I was ignoring you.  Once I complete this task, I’ll explain what I was doing and we can talk.

Misinterpreted Meaning: Will you give me just one second, for the love of God?!  I have a life of my own, you know.  I have things that I like to do, and I can’t just answer your texts all the time.  I will get back to you when I get the chance, so just chill out and I’ll talk to you then.

Intended Meaning: OK. I don’t really know what to say, so I’ll just say OK to let you know that I got your last text, read it and stored the information in my brain.

Misinterpreted Meaning: OK God, I get it.  You just don’t stop, do you?  You’re the most annoying person I’ve ever met.

Intended Meaning: I really don’t have strong feelings for or against what you’re saying, so I don’t really mind. The time you want to leave for that thing or the restaurant you want to go to is fine.  Thanks for asking if it was OK with me, I really appreciate it but it’s up to you, as I have no preference or better suggestions.

Misinterpreted Meaning: Whatever, I don’t give a shit.  I hate you and this relationship is boring and every time I see you I’m sad.  The best time of my day is the time between the time you text me and when I actually see you, because you’re not there and I don’t have to talk to you.

Intended Meaning: I’m in a situation where I can’t use my phone.  I’ll explain when I’m in a position to explain it, either by call or text.  Miss you! Kisses!

Misinterpreted Meaning: Listen, I can’t use my phone when I’m having sex with other people and doing the drugs I told you I’d never do.  Once I pay this girl and finish my crystal meth, I’ll hit you up.  Peace.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2010 8:03 pm

    Hahah this is so funny because it’s sooooo true! Love it!

  2. October 28, 2010 10:04 pm

    I always mean the misinterpreted meaning, rather than your “intended” meaning. Guess that says weird/bad things about me as a person.:/

  3. October 29, 2010 12:06 pm

    This is so true but I think it’s definitely the male population that answer like that and then us women interpret it the wrong way, well I do. I’m terrible and over thinking things.
    Good post.

    • November 2, 2010 9:24 pm

      I definitely agree… I always read into texts like this even though I know I shouldn’t. I love this post though, it makes it so much better when I can laugh at myself and realize I’m being lame.

  4. October 29, 2010 8:31 pm

    Hahaha the one about “Fine” I have found to be particularly true in my own experience. ESPECIALLY when you put a “.” at the end of it! Fine. Sure. Ok.

    Something about the period makes it sound extra rude.

  5. October 29, 2010 9:46 pm

    I find those problems coming up a lot in my life. I’ve had to resort to the effeminate (in my book) emoticons. They can be misleading too. Fine:) gets taken as sarcastic quite often.

  6. October 29, 2010 11:37 pm

    While I agree that texts can be easily misinterpreted, this blog is clearly written from a guy’s point of view. Your intended meanings are all positive. I hate to say it, but when a girl says “fine” she basically always means “I AM ANYTHING BUT FINE BUT I WANT YOU TO FIGURE THAT OUT ON YOUR OWN SO FUCK YOU, FINE”. Sad, but true.
    However, I did enjoy your descriptions of both the intended and misinterpreted meanings.

  7. October 30, 2010 12:10 am

    Many years ago I had a relationship in which I vetoed these three (er, four) words:



    Never mind.

    And we were happier because of it. 😀

    (er…but we’re broken up now so I guess that isn’t exactly the magic charm…)

  8. November 7, 2010 7:02 pm

    The unanswered text is the WORST. I always jump to the stupidest reasons. At least I’m cognizant of the fact that I’m misinterpreting it, that the person I’m waiting for is not blatantly ignoring me but is instead probably busy with something legitimate… like the movies. Or driving. Or at work. Just because I’m a nerd who’s accessible practically all the time doesn’t mean they are.

  9. November 9, 2010 2:34 am

    HAHA! I totally agree with you on this! I totally get misconstrued a lot of times. Texts can be interpreted so much differently than calls itself.

    I don’t know why but I can’t add you right now!😦

  10. December 24, 2010 6:14 am

    So true and funny:) good work..


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