I'm leaving now to go find myself.

Moonzz

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"I'm leaving now to go find myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait."
What does it actually mean?
 

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Re: Confusing phrase

It doesn't mean anything. It is nonsense.
 

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Re: Confusing phrase

It's deliberately nonsensical. It's meant to be humorous.
 
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Re: Confusing phrase

Right. To "find yourself" is to search for your true calling. People who are finding themselves are not settled. Figuratively, they're on existential journeys.

But your quote turns "find myself" upside down by treating it literally in a voice mail message - which, of course, makes no sense.

So it's funny.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Moonzz.

Please note that I have changed your thread title.


Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
 

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Moonzz, humor is like that. It tends to be culture specific. If it needs to be explained to you it didn't work.
 
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