Why Saying 'No Offence' Means You're Being Offensive

Monday, September 05, 2011 Andrea Lo 0 Comments

'No offence' is a funny little phrase we all use every now and then. Whenever it is said, it usually translates to the following: 'What is about to be said is probably, if not most definitely, going to offend you in some way, but you should suck it up because I am going to say it anyway.'

No offence is one of those classic beef starters. Once you say it, there is no guarantee whether the person will pretend to gracefully take it and then sulk for the remainder of the conversation  or if all hell will break loose.

This saying, along with 'I categorically deny', 'at the end of the day', 'to be honest', and 'I've said it before and I'll say it again', are the five most pointless phrases ever uttered in the English language.

I especially loathe when people use 'to be honest' to describe something mundane. Why do you have to emphasise that you are being honest? Do you normally lie about everything? Seriously.

If people didn't use filler sentences and talk bullshit so often, then there would be a lot less bullshit to deal with in everyday life.

No offence.