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    Who am I kidding? - usage

    Hello,

    I've looked at the old (closed) thread on the same phrase but didn't get the answer I was looking for. Could anyone tell me if 'Who am I kidding' can be used to indicate 'there's no point in trying'?

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    Re: Who am I kidding? - usage

    NOT A TEACHER

    Let's say that you're applying for a job. At some point you realise that you're probably not going to get the job because you lack the necessary qualifications. You then can say, "I'm not going to get the job. Who am I kidding?". So basically it means: who am I fooling?
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    Re: Who am I kidding? - usage

    You don't necessarily use it when there is no point in trying, but when you realize that something you are already trying to do (or that you have suggested trying) has no chance of success. The example above is a good one.

    I know - let's invite the President of United States to be the speaker at our graduation ceremony?
    Immediately after: Oh, who am I kidding. He'd never some to our little town just to talk to a bunch of high school graduates.
    Or, after two months of trying to find out who you even ask to get this to happen: Who am I kidding? Getting through this bureaucracy is impossible and he'd never come anyway.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Who am I kidding? - usage

    Thank you both!

    The actual situation was this: I was asked by my female friend why I don't wear make-up, and as I really don't care how I look beyond hygiene, I cheerfully replied: 'Who am I kidding? I'm not in that sort of game any more!' - She responded: 'Ah, fair enough.' ...but then I asked myself if I really understood the meaning of 'who am I kidding' - hence the post.

    Did I used the phrase as I intended or did it convey something else? Any input is very much appreciated! :)

    KW

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    Re: Who am I kidding? - usage

    Well, it would sort of imply that you have considered the idea of finding a romantic partner an impossible task. I would not want to speculate why that would be so.

    It's possible that you're already part of an established couple, so you don't need to play "that game" (of attracing someone else).
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Who am I kidding? - usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Kikkowoman View Post
    Did I used the phrase as I intended or
    Welcome to the forums.
    And a very wram welcome to a fellow typophile.

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    Oh, thanks! An elemental elementary mistake... > 5jj
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    Re: Who am I kidding? - usage

    Barb_D: "you have considered the idea of finding a romantic partner an impossible task"

    That's exactly what I wanted to say! Rather pleased with your explanation...thank you very much :)
    I've decided to leave that 'usual stuff' to other people long time ago - I'm too busy enjoining my life!
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    Re: Who am I kidding? - usage

    "...enjoying my life"

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    Re: Who am I kidding? - usage

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    "...enjoying my life"
    Dough! I thought the spell checker was on... Hold on, that's a valid word...maybe I was indeed busy enjoining (urging to do something) my life :)) No, it was a mistake, but now I know a new word. Thanks for pointing that out! > tzfujimino
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