What Cliche Breakup Lines Really Mean

It's not our intention to break our ex's heart

Softening the blow
There are certain breakup lines that we all rely on. Even if we don't mean what we're saying, we'll say it anyway, because we want to soften the blow. After all, it's not our intention to break our ex's heart. We just want him out of our life without causing him too much pain. However, if we're being honest, here's what common breakup lines really mean:

1. It’s Not You, It’s Me

Of course it's not you. You're a gorgeous, fun, intelligent girl--but if you said that, it would make him even more upset about losing you. That's why you'll pretend that you're the one who needs to work on herself. You don't want to be mean by mentioning that the real reason behind the breakup is his personality, sense of humor, looks, smell, and basically everything about him.

2. We’re Just Too Different

We all know that opposites attract, which is why this breakup line doesn't make all that much sense. When you use it, you're not actually saying that you're too different. You're saying that you want someone different--or more realistically, that you want someone better. After all, you deserve the very best.

3. We’re Better as Friends

Sometimes, you'll actually want to remain friends with your ex. However, most of the time this line means that you two are better off deleting each other's phone numbers, nodding awkwardly in the hallway, and never speaking to each other again. After all, if he's not good enough to date, then he's probably not good enough to be your friend, either. That's just the way the cookie crumbles.

4. We Should See Other People

Sometimes, this means, "I'm already seeing someone else." Sometimes, it means, "I've been fantasizing about other people." Either way, you're telling him that you want someone else, and that he should find someone else too, so that you don't have to deal with his drunken texts asking you to get back together.

5. I Need Some Space

Some people will claim that they need space in order to make it sound like they aren't actually breaking up. Of course, that's exactly what they're doing. "I need some space" actually means that you don't want to occupy the same space as your ex ever again. Otherwise, you might think about getting a restraining order to assure that he'll never invade your space again.

6. You Deserve Better

While this might be true, you probably didn't break up with him, because you think he's too good for you. It's more likely that you broke up with him, because you think that you're too good for him. After all, there's nothing wrong with breaking up with someone, because you think you deserve better.

7. I’m Not Ready for a Serious Relationship

When you use this line, you're leaving two words off of the end of the sentence: "With you." If you found the right guy, you'd push your fears aside and settle down. Of course, he's not the right guy, which is why you're claiming you aren't ready for a relationship.

Even though these breakup lines aren't exactly honest, it doesn't mean you should stop using them. If you think they'll make your ex feel better, then feel free to use them.


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