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    Question "You can say that again"

    Hi,

    What is the exact meaning of "You can say that again"?
    Does it mean that I am in strong agreement with
    what you said?

    In comic scenes on TV, when a person says "You can say that
    again
    ", I have seen the other person actually repeat
    the sentence.

    Thanks

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    Re: "You can say that again"

    Once again, your first impression is correct.

    In the comic scenes you mentioned, the writers were trying to get a laugh from someone taking an idiom literally.

    This is usually considered funny only by people under the age of 7.

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    Re: "You can say that again"

    Thank you mykwyner. :)

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    Re: "You can say that again"

    Yes; maybe we could interpret "you can say that again!" as "I have no objection to your repeating that statement", thus "I agree with your statement".

    MrP

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    Re: "You can say that again"

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Yes; maybe we could interpret "you can say that again!" as "I have no objection to your repeating that statement", thus "I agree with your statement".
    MrP
    That is a good way to understand/remember it. Thanks, MrP.

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    Re: "You can say that again"

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Once again, your first impression is correct.

    In the comic scenes you mentioned, the writers were trying to get a laugh from someone taking an idiom literally.

    This is usually considered funny only by people under the age of 7.
    So, using it in front of an adult, won't work?

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    Re: "You can say that again"

    Hello Retro

    I've no doubt it would often work.

    All the best,

    MrP

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