Things Women Say To Their Boyfriends & What They Really Mean

Admit it: you don’t always tell your boyfriend the truth. As women, we try so hard not to be the stereotypical nagging, irritating girlfriend that looks cool, calm and collected as often as possible. What girl actually answers the accusation that there’s something with, “Yes, I’m super mad right now!”? We lie through our teeth, smile and hope we can move on. Here are a few of the things we say to the men in our lives and what the actual translation is.

We say: “Let’s go out tonight.”

We really mean: “If I spend one more night watching Netflix with you I’m going to go insane.”

Of course we love Netflix. After all, the endless viewing options kept you company before you even met him, back when you were still flying solo. But you don’t want the romance to disappear completely just because you’re coupled up now, and that means getting out and doing something.

We say: “It’s cool, go ahead.”

We really mean: “Are you crazy? I can’t believe you!”

This convo typically takes place when you’re heading to an event and you want your boyfriend to join you, but he’s going out with his guy friends. What, you’re supposed to throw a fit and be super annoying? Of course you’re going to tell him it’s cool.

We say: “I don’t know.”

We really mean: “I actually do know, but don’t feel like getting into it right now.”

Sometimes talking about your feelings is pretty exhausting. If you’re in the middle of an annoying fight with him or a conversation about something future-related, you might run out of steam and want to stop talking about it. There’s also the chance that he’s done something to upset you, but you won’t speak up about it.

We say: “My BFF and her boyfriend are going to Florida this Christmas. Isn’t that great?”

We really mean: “Must be nice to have a boyfriend who actually wants to do things.”

There’s something about approaching the topic of a vacation with our S.O. that makes things feel super serious. So of course we want to bring it up in the most casual way possible.

We say: “My mom wants to invite you to Thanksgiving.”

We really mean: “You’re totally marriage material.”

After all, you don’t include him in your holiday plans unless it means something. And you definitely won’t subject him to our crazy-yet-lovable family until you know things are getting serious.

We say: “I’m going gluten-free.”

We really mean: “Can you stop ordering pizza every single night?”

We get that he’s addicted to pizza and sometimes eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But you’re just trying to stay healthy and happy over here.

We say: “I’m going to yoga.”

We really mean: “Would it kill you to work out?”

You know that the perfect person is a myth. You don’t need him to look like an Abercrombie model, you just live a healthy lifestyle and think he should live one, too.

We say: “I need a haircut.”

We really mean: “Can you please compliment me?”

Of course you’re a strong, independent, super confident woman. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want your boyfriend to tell you you’re beautiful every once in a while.

We say. “Are you wearing that?”

We really mean: “You need to change ASAP.”

Sorry, but guys don’t always have the greatest style. That baggy t-shirt might be a little too informal for this party.

We say: “How’s so-and-so? You haven’t seen him in a while.”

We really mean: “I have a lot of shows on my PVR. Maybe you can make plans this weekend.”

You love him, but you also love your TV. It’s okay to want a date night with Pretty Little Liars. It’s just a fact.

Aya Tsintziras is a freelance lifestyle writer and editor from Toronto, Canada. In addition to writing about dating and relationships for Bolde, she also writes about movies, TV, and video games for ScreenRant and GameRant. She has a Political Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Journalism from Ryerson University. You can find her on Twitter @ayatsintziras and on Instagram @aya.tsintziras.