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No One Is Ever ‘Just Kidding’

The passive-aggressive's shield of choice and one of the most toxic expressions in the English language.

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Kathy Shaidle

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July 27, 2012 - 7:00 am
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I guess if I wanted to be totally pompous, I could call them the Upani-Shaidles.

But I don’t, so I’ll refer to them instead as Kathy’s Rules For Life (which barely sounds much better).

We all have a set of expressions we carry around like a mental Swiss Army Knife – handy, almost foolproof “tools” we use to cut through BS and navigate our surroundings.

Expressions like “Go with your gut” or “What would Ferris do?”

The one’s that saved me untold hours of confusion is “No one is ever just kidding.”

My husband hates it.

He grew up in a big family of brothers. Teasing was the lingua franca.

I’m the only child of two only children who watched The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and envied John Travolta.

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