I have a kind of code that I sometimes speak to my family with. It’s generally used when we’re discussing the bigger issues in life; careers, relationships, money, religion, etc. I also find I use the ‘code’ more often when I’m speaking to older relatives who have an entirely different world view than I do. The intention of the ‘code’ is partly to be kind to my faint-hearted relatives and partly to selfishly save face! See if you use any of these too…
Things are going really well!
Translation: Disaster, so many disasters. But I refuse to ask for help! I am an independent woman.
(Click, click, click)
It’s an investment.
Translation: I just splashed out on something really expensive and useless. Woohoo!
What do you think?
Translation: Tell me what you think so I can twist it into something I agree with.
Alternatively I may just sulk over your criticism for a few days.
I’m really missing home.
Translation: I’m never coming back hooooome!
I’m just going with the flow at the moment.
Translation: I don’t know what I’m doing, stop asking me!
I’m not really focusing on that right now.
Translation: That is all I’m ever thinking about at all times. I’m just trying to pretend that I’m not.
Maybe in the future.
Translation: How can I politely say; I will never do that.
Maybe when I’m older.
Translation: I will be young forever! [Heaps of hidden denial] So, whatever we’re talking about will never happen.
Well, things are a bit different now.
Translation: You’re too old to understand!
I’m just going to save up a bit of money first.
Translation: I’m massively in debt.
We’re just good friends.
Translation: We have adult sleepovers all the time, teeheehee.
I know what you mean but…
Translation: I disgree so strongly that smoke is coming out of my ears.
That was a long time ago now.
Translation: Jeez, stop bringing that up!
Eg. I never drink too much.
Eg. I always pay the bills on time.
Eg. I sometimes go to the gym. / I sometime get take-away food.
Translation: Never. / Always.