I’m sorry but there are few things that people can say that will put in a rage then this stupid phrase: I’m just saying. I think I first heard it in some Seinfeld episodes, and it just took off from there.
What does it even mean? Some people use it quite liberally without even understanding what impact it has on the receiving end.
For example, if you were to say “mhmm… looks like you’ve put on a little bit of weight, just saying.” So, adding “just saying” at the end, it means that you’re not trying to criticize me, I should not be offended, because telling me the truth from your perspective. Just saying. Bullshit.
Saying, “I’m just saying” at the end of a sentence is intended to be used as an escape from what preceded it. Most often, it was something rude or insulting and is trying to immediately play it down or discount it. Sure you called me fat but don’t get mad. Well, if you didn’t want me to get upset then you should have kept your mouth shut. Adding “just sayin’” just makes me more pissed off. You don’t get a pass at being rude.
Just imagine John Lennon singing: “Those freaks was right when they said you was dead. The one mistake you made was in your head. Just sayin’.”
Or how about Shakespeare: “A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality. Just sayin’.”
How about Oscar Wilde: “He has no enemies, but is intensely dislike by his friends. I’m just saying.”