What does the phrase "humor me" mean?

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2014-04
  • pahnin

    I've never understood the term "humor me". Is it meant sarcastically? Please explain.

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  • StoneyB

    Humor, as a verb, means literally to indulge or tolerate someone's humor (noun), where the noun intends not the modern sense of joking or a transient mood but the now archaic sense of temperament or idiosyncracy or eccentricity.

    Humor me thus means indulge me—in the sense of gimme some slack or gimme a break, but less aggressive than these. It is used most often as an appeal, at once gentle and ironic, to an interlocutor who interrupts one's discourse; it means, approximately, Let's treat what I'm saying (or doing) and you're objecting to as mere personal whim—on that basis, allow me to finish, and then you can have your say.

  • Adam

    "Hey, friend. Can I get you to stand right here under this teetering bucket of water?"

    "Why?"

    "Humor me."

    "Oh, alright."

    In my opinion, it isn't necessarily sarcastic, it's simply a way of saying: "Just comply with what I'm saying/doing right now and you can contradict me later."


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  • Pavel

    What does this phrase mean? And in what cases is it appropriate to use it?


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  • Claudiu

    Two phrases:

    • "X is good for you." This just means something is healthy for you, beneficial for you, etc.
    • "Good for you!"
      • This can be used in seriousness, such as Bruno said. It can either mean "Congratulations!" and "That's great!", or as a word of praise.
      • The phrase can also be used sarcastically, especially if delivered with an overly enthusiastic tone. In this case, it carries the connotation of, "Wow, that's great. Do you want a pat on the back or something?"
  • b.roth

    Definition from Cambridge Dictionaries Online:

    Good for you! (Australian also Good on you!)

    used to show approval for someone's success or good luck.

    You passed your exam - good for you!

    Two additional examples that I extracted from the COCA:

    1.

    I don't think you would want to know either. Good for you for not knowing.

    2.

    He's going to make lots and lots of money! Good for you, congratulations!

  • kiamlaluno

    Good for you is usually used to express approval toward a person, but in some contexts it has a different meaning.

    I'm taking my driving test next month.
    Good for you!

    I have a new car.
    Good for you.

    The meaning of the more generic phrase good for is "having a advantageous effect on".

    Eating spinaches is good for you.

  • EnthuDeveloper

    "Good for you" generally has an abrasive expression in itself. When someone boasts too much about one's qualities which are of least inclination for the other person, then he would say "Good for you".

  • goodforyou

    "Good For You" illustrates ignorance and arrogance. This is a way for the phrase user to end the conversation because the new information has exceeded their narrow expectations. I often get this response and always when someone has made a generalization about me, but then they discover who I am or what I have done so now it's "Good for You". I find it annoying and belittling, I know that pompous and judgmental people's narrow minded perceptions should not matter, but stereotypes will always continue with ignorance and arrogance. My constant example: "What do you do there (living in the hick community)?" "I teach at the college and opened my own business" "Good for You". What I want to say: Yes... good for me, surprised and rocked your little brain... stop generalizing!

  • Kevin

    Yes, it can sometimes mean: "I really don't care".

    For example if you let somebody know of a sexual conquest you made while out last Saturday night, you might expect to hear it.