“taken out of context”…exactly what does that mean and where did it go?

longman dictionary

“It was taken out of context.”

What does this mean?

According to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English it’s this:

take/quote something out of context. to repeat part of what someone has said or written without describing the situation in which it was said, so that it means something quite different : His comments, taken out of context, seem harsh.”

But this is what it means to me, and many other people that tend to sit back and question things like authority and basic bullshit:  

This is a new term that some people like to use in order to diffuse the fact that they gossiped and got called out for it. When it comes to mean-spirited gossip the only thing I understand without a doubt and above all else, is that whatever you were told they said, that is now being denied by them with a “taken out of context” excuse, was most definitely what they said. You can take that to the bank.

If I’m told, “She hates her and thinks she’s crazy!”, I’m not sure how this could be misunderstood by anyone.

I spoke with another friend about this revelation and her first question is this; in what context would anything like that ever be said?

I’d love to know the answer.

Here’s the bottom line;

You gossiped.

People got hurt.

Own your part.

Say you’re sorry to the person you hurt.

And never do it again. 

That’s pretty straightforward, and there is nothing written here today that will ever be taken out of context by me. LOL!! Mean people just suck. I’m sorry, but it’s true! 🙂






About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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1 Response to “taken out of context”…exactly what does that mean and where did it go?

  1. TheViperPit says:

    Amen to that! ❤

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