Are we just saying these things to put the other person at ease?
1. I’ll be there in 5 minutes!
Meaning: I’m running late, I should take approximately 20-30 minutes. I’m not telling you the approximate time because I know you’ll freak out.
2. I’ve been waiting an hour!
Meaning: I have actually waited 5 to 10 minutes. I’m putting emphasis on an hour so you feel guilty for wasting my time.
3. I should be home soon
Meaning: I’m still in office/wherever I am. I have no idea when I’m reaching home.
4. I’m fine. How are you?
Meaning: I’m not fine and I know you don’t give a damn so I’m not going to bother telling you the details. I really don’t care how you are; it’s just social convention after all.
5. It should be ready by this evening
Meaning: I’m being optimistic here so I don’t lose your trust. In all honesty I have no clue when I can get this work done.
6. Actually, that can’t be done
Meaning: Hell No! In Indian culture we are taught to make negative statements with a spoonful of sugar.
7. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to call
Meaning: I’m just being polite, chances are I won’t remember who you are when you call.
8. Don’t worry, I’ll talk with a few people and see what they can do
Meaning: You really need to calm down right now; I’m not a genie with a magic lamp.