Long-time readers of this blog know exactly what I mean when I use the word “sigh.” They know my lingo, my style. However, new readers/commenters/emailers might not understand me saying “sigh” to them, so I thought I would briefly explain my use of this word.
When I say “sigh” to you, what I really mean is this:
- What, this lame argument again?
- Really? I mean really?
- New day, same old shit.
- Are you fucking kidding me?
- Is this the best you got?
- Where or where have I heard this before?
- I’m so tired of people not bothering to read my writing.
- What a dumbass.
- OMG! Does this person think I have never heard this before?
- You must be related to Jim/John/James/Lonnie/David Tee.
- You are an annoying asshole.
- I’m too tired to care about what you think.
- I know you won’t hear a word I have to say.
- I am not interested in what you have to say.
As you can see, in the original language of the Bruce Gerencser Bible, “sigh” has many meanings. Sometimes, when used in response to a nasty, arrogant, hateful Evangelical, “sigh” means all of the above. After fifteen years of blogging, and receiving thousands of comments, emails, and social media messages from Evangelicals, Independent Fundamentalist Baptists (IFB), conservative Catholics, and Fundamentalist atheists, I no longer am willing to invest time in giving thoughtful, detailed responses to people who don’t care one whit about what I have to say. Their comments and emails are not about them gaining understanding about my story or finding answers to questions. Instead, their goal is to attack, criticize, condemn, threaten, and harm. To such people, I say, “sigh.” Or fuck off. That works too. 🙂
Bruce Gerencser, 65, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 44 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.
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Both “fuck off” or “sigh” are totally good…sometimes you might need both!
The point about someone being related to x needs to be repeated but say “you are x.” You should consider adding elliot to the list as he got banned again faster than tee did🤣
Elliot has tried to access this site 246 times since January 1st — roughly two times a day. 😂 Talk about an exercise in futility. 😂😂 I am Gawd and have all the power as long as he keeps using the same IP address. 😂
“Sigh” works. Spoken aloud I use “wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah” which is from one of the rap songs my son listens to, and it represents what the artist hears when his girlfriend is going off on a rant that he has heard dozens of times and doesn’t want to hear again.
Written, I like “bless your little heart” because it’s Southern for a massive “fuck you/fuck off”. In New Jersey where I have lived since 1994, there’s no subtlety – they just use “fuck you/fuck off”.
Your definition of “sigh” is the same as mine, and I’ve been using it for most of my adult life. Usually it’s in spoken commentary, such as:
Husband: So-and-so said [something that’s obviously just willfully ignorant].
Me: “Sigh.” (verbal, not a real sigh.)
I have seen “sigh” written on other blogs. And like your sigh, it means the same things.
Funny – when I am in email dialogue with bible believers, I will often type the word “yawn” with much the same intent as you do with “sigh”.