I do not use either of these two phrases because both of them seem mildly insulting.


1. “Something like that”


“Something like that” could generally be retranslated thusly: “You have just said something (generally about me or my business) that, while having an echo of truth in it, also has some aspects with which I disagree. But I don’t, at this point, feel like clarifying that with you. Carry on.”


2. There you go.

“There you go” can be rendered in this way “I acknowledge that you have just attempted humor and while I don’t personally find your words to be funny, I imagine you could find a person with a less evolved sense of humor who might. Good luck with that.”


Don’t both of these sound a little condescending? Or is it just me?