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What men really mean when they say these six things

Relationships By Gloria Nyang'iye
“Mansaltion” is the expression of the meaning of words from a male standpoint (Shutterstock)

A famous book by Jeff Mac titled “Manslations: Decoding The Secret Language of Men” is aimed at ridding women of the confusion about what men mean when they say what they say. The same way “translation” is an expression of the meaning of words, “mansaltion” is the expression of the meaning of words from a male standpoint.

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Men and women communicate very differently and things can sometimes get lost in translation. Women tend to be more emotional and contextual in their communication whereas men are generally simple creatures in terms of how they communicate.

Below are six manslations of sentences that some men use and what they mean.

  1. “I’m not the relationship type”

This is a classic sentence that many bachelors use to keep their options open in case something better comes along. He wants to keep you around, mainly for sexual reasons, but that’s about it.

In short, a man who says this wants to keep you as a backup plan in case his other “situationships” end up not working out.

Men and women communicate very differently and things can sometimes get lost in translation (Shutterstock)
  1. “I don’t post my relationships on social media”

Some people value privacy and don’t seek the validation of comments and likes. This statement could go either way because, on one hand, sharing your relationship on social media could jeopardise it in so many ways and, on the other hand, he simply doesn’t want other women to know he’s taken. He may still be fishing so posting you on his page will lessen his chances of entertaining other women.

  1. “I don’t want to destroy our friendship”

The friendzone is a sticky place to be and getting out of it is a struggle. When a man tells you this, he’s simply implying that he’s not physically attracted to you and he can’t imagine dating you. He will say this to let you down easy so as to avoid hurting your feelings.

He may still be fishing around so posting you on his page will lessen his chances of entertaining other women (Shutterstock)
  1. “I’ve been very busy”

People make time for the people and things that matter to them. It’s true that we all get busy from time to time but using “I’ve been very busy” as an excuse for everything means that he doesn’t value you enough to create time in his busy schedule for you.

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  1. “I have a crazy ex”

Most people don’t have the nicest things to say about their exes, hence why the relationship ended. Committed relationships involve two people working together to make things work but this isn’t always the case. He may be telling you this to make his ex-girlfriend sound like a bad person because she most likely left him.

  1. “How do you know him?”

Men are pretty territorial and any threat to their relationship can stir up jealousy. He’s most likely asking you this question to find out whether or not you have had, or could possibly have, sexual relations with said person.

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