One of my favorite cliches is “That’s a great question!”
You might not think of it as a cliche, but people say it all the time and it rarely means what it actually says. Let me explain…
The 3 Meanings of “That’s a Great Question”
#1 – “That’s a Great Question” – On rare occasions, someone will actually ask a great question. If this happens to you, let them know. For Example…
Question: “Now that you’ve won this 12 million dollar powerball lottery, how are you going to stay grounded and keep your life from spinning out of countrol?”
Response: “That’s a great question. Because honestly, I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that. In fact, if you have any good ideas for how to keep me from going nuts with this money, I’ll buy you 3 yachts.”
#2 – “I have no idea what the answer to that question is” – If you’re supposed to know the answer to something, but you have no idea what it is you have two options:
1. admit you’re a dummy. or…
2. pretend like the question was so amazing, that there’s no way you could have known it.
Question: “Pastor Jim, how many gospels are there in the Bible again?”
Response: “That’s a great question, Timmy. There’s a few of them in the New Testament. And have you ever read Titus before? I bet you haven’t. You might want to check it out.”
#3 – “I do not want to answer that question” – If someone is trying to be polite, instead of telling you they’re not comfortable answering your question, they’ll opt for mock flattery as a way of distracting you from the fact that they’re not going to answer your question. For example…
Question: “So Tyler, have you ever created fake Twitter accounts in order to beat Bryan in your race to 1000 Twitter Followers?”
Response: “That’s a great question. Twitter is a great tool for keeping in touch with different groups of people, and I’ve certainly found it beneficial to have multiple accounts in order to keep my networking systems intact.”
Has anyone else ever noticed this before, am I the only one? (and no, you can’t respond in the comments by telling me that’s a great question…unless you think it is)
And while we’re here, now’s a great time to follow me on Twitter to hear all the crappy jokes that aren’t good enough or long enough to make it onto the blog. Tyler’s beating me 810-675…I’m running out of time.