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"Good for you" does not contain "I" or "me", while "I feel happy for you" does. That's a simple reason why the latter implies participation, while the former may easily sound like "That's good for you; for me, I don't care".


I think this is one of those expressions that is in the midst of a transition in usage, from having an earnest meaning to being used primarily with sarcasm. If said to a child, it is still earnest, but not so much if said to an adult.


You might find that "functionally illiterate" (wikipedia) is a better fit to what you mean. It refers to having the skills to use written language beyond the most basic level (another answer had the example of a bus timetable, IMO the tax form example is usually a level higher still). The addition of a specific and technical modifier also removes the ...


Could be its just asking for company, or want to spend time with dearest .

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