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That Means a Lot to Me

Updated on February 2, 2011

I have said “that means a lot to me” to a lot of people over the years when they have said something that means a lot to me.  And sometimes I’ve said things that make people say “that means a lot to me” in response to what I’ve said.  But what does “that means a lot to me” really mean?  And do we always mean ‘that means a lot to me’ when we say it?  I think there’s a possibility that we don’t.  It’s one of those phrases we use so often that we don’t think about it.  Let’s use a recent conversation I had with Bob as an example.

Stan:  “Bob, you’re a heck of a writer, and an all-around swell guy.  I bet your parents are proud.  If not, they should be.”

Bob:  “That means a lot to me, Stan.  Thank you.”

Stan:  “You’re welcome, Bob.  I meant it.  A lot.”

Bob:  “Stan, I know you meant it.  Had you not meant it, it wouldn’t mean so much to me.  As it is, it means a lot.” 

Stan:  “I’m glad it means a lot to you, Bob, for I was afraid it would only mean a little, and I meant it far too much for that.”

Bob:  “Why would I think you only meant it a little when you clearly meant it a lot?”

Stan:  “I don’t know, Bob.  I was just afraid you might misinterpret my ‘a lot’ for ‘a little’.  If I had only meant it a little, I probably wouldn’t have even said anything.”

Bob:  “So what I’m hearing is that when you don’t say anything about something I’ve done, you only mean it a little?  How am I supposed to know if you mean it a little as opposed to not meaning it at all?”

Stan: “I’m lost.”

Bob: “Like the time when you were sick and I carried your newspapers from the driveway to your front door…you never said anything.  Did that mean nothing to you, or did it mean a little?”

Stan:  “I didn’t know you did that, Bob.  I thought I had a new newspaper carrier who had a better throwing arm.  Had I known it was you, I would have said something.”

Bob:  “You would have said something?  You said that if you say something, it really means a lot to you, right?  Carrying someone’s newspaper from the driveway to the door really isn’t that big of a deal.”

Stan:  “Are you suggesting that I’m lying sometimes when I say “it means a lot to me”?

Bob:  “I’m not suggesting anything.  You’re the one that said you would have said “it means a lot to me” if you would have known I was the one who moved your newspapers.  I’m just trying to get some clarification here.” 

Stan:  “OK, so I screwed up.  Moving the newspapers wasn’t that big of a deal.  It really didn’t mean all that much.  You got me.”

Bob:  “Thanks a lot, Stan.  Did you realize it was raining every stinking morning that I moved your newspapers and that I twisted my ankle one morning on your front step?” 

Stan:  “I had no idea.”

Bob:  “And then a rabid squirrel jumped out of one of your trees and bit me on the ear.  I couldn’t get away because of my ankle.  I had to get rabies shots in the stomach every day for a month.”

Stan:  “Oh my gosh!  You’re kidding!”

Bob:  “No, I’m not.  All of this led to complications and I lost my health insurance.  Because of that, my wife left me.”

Stan:  “Bob, I’m speechless.  I really don’t know what to say.”

Bob:   “How about, ‘that really means a lot to me, Bob.’?”

Stan:  “I would love to say that.  But now it just seems so insincere.”

Bob:  “Say it right now, or this friendship is over.”

Stan:  “Geez, Bob.  I’m not sure if I can do that, but I would hate to lose your friendship.  Give me a second……..Bob, it really means a lot to me that you twisted your ankle and got rabies from a squirrel and that your wife left you while you were trying to help me with my newspapers when I was sick.  I really mean that, a lot.”

Bob:  “Are you sure you really mean that?”

Stan:  “No, Bob.  Not even a little.”

Bob:  “Well, it means a lot to me that you tried.”

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      Barbara Turpin 6 years ago from N. California

      I must say (as others before me have), I have a lot (not really), to say about your hub titled "that means a lot to me". I think it meant NOTHING to you....just because YOU wrote it, that means very dadgum little to ME!

      Thanks A LOT/ALOT!!

      again....... (I peed ~ very little, not alot/a lot)

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Jeremy - hey man, it means a lot to me that you took the time to say that.

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      Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

      This article really means alot Stan, thank you!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Cardisa - thank you so much. That means a lot to me. Sorry it took so long to respond.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I wish I could write such humor, any humor. You have me in stitches!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Yes, it is scary that we get each other.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Those are two excellent examples of lots, Mr. Comp. Good thing I'm here to translate for you so the rest of my readers can also enjoy your comments.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      The parking area in front of Wal Mart means a lot to me. Also, all the parking spaces at the airport mean a lot to me.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      CMerritt - Yep, that joke has been driven into the ground - mainly by me. So you could have said it if you wanted to. Regardless, even the fact that you considered it means a lot to me. A whole lot - much more than a little.

      All kidding aside, I appreciate the kind words. And thanks for reading. I'm assuming your last sentence was going to ask if this was made up. Yes, it was. It was conceived after I read another comment on someone else's hub that said, "Coming from you, that means a lot to me." And I started thinking, "What does that make the rest of us? Chopped liver?" The right side of my brain took it from there.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Stan, I was planning on saying that this hub has meant alot too me. But, It probably isn't that funny. By now, I'm sure it has been used up. So, I won't say that.

      I do want to let you know that this hub has a great deal of heart felt power that I have accepted into the inner most part of my soul....

      YOU are one funny man...keep them coming...I am a fan!

      :)

      Is this based upon a real life encounter, or is it entirl

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      AC - fortunately for Bob, he's a fictional character who is not based on any true life events, or at least none of mine. I don't even subscribe to the paper.

      Thanks for reading as always! It means so much more than a little to me!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Barber - Bob and I go way back, and it was just like a counseling session. Just kidding. I don't have a friend named Bob. Well, actually I do, but as usual, I made this whole thing up... Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate it. And yes, it means a lot to me.

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      ACSutliff 6 years ago

      Who's Bob? Poor guy's life is ruined, and it doesn't mean a lot to you? On another note, I should start telling people that it means a lot to me. After this conversation you've had, I can clearly see that it would be a good idea. Funny stuff, Stan! Your ability to make me laugh really.... means a lot to me.... or you? Both I guess. :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      yet again another great one... although I am thinking that after your conversation, it sounded like you and Bob had gone through some sort of counseling together. LOL

      Great Hub!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      gr8 - Thanks so much! Having you think that I rock really means a lot to me. Really.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Nighthag - Really glad you liked it. You're welcome. Your readership means a lot to me.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Lisa - Good to see you back! That means a lot to me to see you here.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      eiddwen - I'm really glad it meant so much to you. That, of course, means a tremendous amount to me.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      mark - I will see your great deal, and raise you 2 a lots. Thanks for reading man.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Caltex - your help will be vital. Don't shortchange yourself. I've tried to go viral before, and it's not easy. Thanks for reading this one btw. Means much more than a little to me.

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Stan, you rock!

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      lol

      I really enjoyed this very clever conversation...thanks for sharing it

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      lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Yes, you are a funny guy! This did NOT mean a lot to me but I did get my morning laugh. Just one of those cliche sayings I suppose, when people feel awkward and don't know what to say. Kinda like the cashier saying, "How are you today?" When she really doesn't even give a damn. Cashiers have learned not to ask me that question because I will hold the line up telling them "how I am." Funny hub as usual.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      It did mean a lot of a little, and to mean a lot of little is better than to mean a little of a lot!!

      However it made me laugh not a lot of little, or a little of a lot!!! Oh no it made me laugh a LOT OF A LOT!!!

      Keep them coming Stan

      Take care

      Eiddwen

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      Mark Ewbie 6 years ago from Euroland

      I can't tell you how much this means to me. Well I can I suppose. It meant a great deal.

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      caltex 6 years ago

      Happy to have inspired you! It means a lot to me! :)

      I will be looking forward to it! Of course, I will do everything in my power to help it go viral - even if I think my help is unnecessary.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      School - this is your second visit, which either means you forgot you were here yesterday, or that you couldn't get enough of this hub. Either way, it means alot to me. And a lot. Way more than a little. Stretch your arms out as far as you can. That's how much more it means to me than a little.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Wayne - as always, your comments me alot to me. Your writing means alot to me. Your hat even means alot to me. Thanks for allowing yourself to mean alot to me on so many different levels. I appreciate that alot.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Caltex - your suggestion has inspired me. I shall put a video together. I assume that your comment means that you will do everything in your power to help it go viral. That means a lot to me. And I mean A LOT!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Lorlie - no matter what you may say, I KNOW this hub meant a lot to you. Probably meant more to you than any other hub you've ever read. Knowing that is true really means a lot to me. And I mean it.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Ashlie - thanks for popping by. New readers always mean a lot to me. I mean that a lot.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      jaye - to be compared to Laurel and Hardy means a lot to me - more praise than is deserved. As it says in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. Your faithful readership means a lot to me. And alot also.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      FiFi - the way you imply that there is more to my hubs than surface foolishness means a lot to me. I wouldn't say that to just anybody.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Nellie - You always crack me up, which means a lot to me. Much more than a little, or none. Thanks for reading!

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      LOLOLOL!!!! nice one!!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      333 - I KNOW I could do the SNL gig, but I'm afraid Hubpages isn't going to get me there. I have to apply some strategery to this quest. I'm not good with strategery, unfortunately. Maybe Lorne Michaels will happen along someday. Likely? No, but worth dreaming about....Thanks for your comment. Means vast amounts of property to me.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      P99 - you are in the running for 'nicest lady on Hubpages'. Hope that means a lot to you. I really mean it a lot.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Merlin - have a nice day is definitely putting salt on the wound after a ticket. I have a history of speeding tickets in Texas. I got nine of them the year I went off to school in Dallas. You can see I was studying very diligently. And yes, your comment meant a lot to me. Really.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Granny - The fact that it means a lot to you means a lot to me. Or alot to me. Much more than a little in any case.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      And there my friends is just a "little" about our "lot" in life. Remember, I love you is never having to say that your sorry or something to that effect. As Brother Dave Gardner once said, When you starting thinking like that you get hooked up in duality and in a finite world...like they said, 'in the beginning', ain't that strong? If there is a beginnning then it has to be accompanied by the dual concept of an ending yet folks hang in tight with it and say, 'that's it by God I believe.'" WB

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      DRBJ - wouldn't that be cool? I need to be doing something different than what I'm doing for that to happen. Just need to figure out what that is.

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      caltex 6 years ago

      Hilarious!!!

      You are truly gifted. I dare you to do a monologue and post on youtube. I bet it will go viral.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I'm sure you see this coming, Stan, but the fact that you wrote this hub means a lot to me. No, it doesn't. Well, maybe a bit.

      No, not at all, but that's just me.

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      AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      Very funny. Your a great writer. Best wishes.

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Started out like Laurel and Hardy's "Who's on first?" bit, but got even funnier when the sincerity of the phrase was questioned. Ha-ha-ha....JAYE

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      fi fi 6 years ago from Niagara, Canada

      As always, your lighthearted expressions of what may or may not be more serious thoughts are priceless :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Breaks me up! And that means a lot - - uh - - some - - er - - a little bit - - well, it's OK to me. hahaha. You are gifted, Stan!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      You have often said nice things on my hubs. That means large properties to me.

      You need to be in New York, Saturday Night Live does NOT know what they're missing. If they ever wake up and hire you, it will mean expensive corner commercial properties to them!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Stan, This is a very funny hub. Those two guys sure get a lot of life and I do mean a lot. I just want you to know that I like this hub, a lot!

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Quotable quote : "I like you ... You're Funny !"

      Does this come under the same catagory as

      "Have a Nice Day, Ya'll ?"

      I had that said to me in Houston Texas 10 seconds after the SOB had given me a speeding ticket.

      It should be extended by adding ... Before someone comes along to Mess it up !"

      I hope that means a lot to you !!!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Stan, you write the best hubs. They mean a lot to me. LOL

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I can see you now. The stage is empty. There is a large "Comedy Central" banner hanging over the center of the back of the stage. The emcee enters and introduces, "Stan Fletcher. He will mean a lot to you."

      And you, Stan, begin your "That Means a Lot to Me" comedy routine - the whole nine yards and the audience falls over laughing so hard and clutching their bellies. They are screaming, "Stan, Stan, Stan. More, more, more!"

      You have become an instant hit and a national treasure. Now that means a lot to me!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      cheyenne - I see your point. Alot vs. a lot. Perhaps in my version of the story 'a lot' means a piece of property. So if what you said meant a lot to me, it would mean it was as valuable as a large piece of land.

      This is all BS of course.....

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      CheyenneAutumn 6 years ago

      Stan - not alot?

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Jane - in that case, I will only offer a little thank you to you for dropping by. On second thought, even your small amount of appreciation means a lot.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Cheyenne - a lot is more than a little, which is quite a bit more than none. But good question. Think I'll ponder on it...a little.

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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Hahaha...Stan, I just want you to know that this hub meant very little to me.

      (Although it did make me grateful for universal healthcare!)

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Terry - thanks! Is this Gruver Terry? Even if it's not, it means a lot.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Husky - Glad you liked it. That means a lot to me. Really.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Twin - the fact that you're laughing means a lot more than a little to me. Thank you a lot.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      poppie - You're welcome a lot!!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      School - thanks for stopping by. It means a lot to me.

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      CheyenneAutumn 6 years ago

      Ummm.... what is alot?

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      Terry 6 years ago

      This story was mean, alot to me.

      It ended too soon - good stuff...

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Very funny. And so true as well. It certainly is an overused expression.

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      This hub had me laughing alot and that means alot to me. LOL

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      The fact that you make me laugh means a lot to me. I mean that a lot. Thanks a lot...

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      Very funny I LOLed! :) ha ha. Thanks!!