One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used before a statement or suggestion to point out that it is serious, however facetious or strange it may seem.‘I'm not being funny but I haven't got all day’
- ‘Look, I'm not being funny, but it is a bit poor saying you have fallen in love with a girl you hardly know.’
- ‘Once asked how he would like to be perceived by his public, he paused for thought then said: ‘I'm not being funny, but I'd settle for blind adoration.’’
- ‘I'm not being funny, but I went round to his house and he had pictures of me everywhere.’
- ‘Now I'm not being funny, but isn't Public Relations supposed to be about word of mouth?’
- ‘I'm not being funny, but if he goes on like this we'll have real trouble keeping hold of him.’
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