I've heard people say this several times, in response to a funny video they watched,

Gets me every time.

This time I see this response the person put a laughing emoticon at the end. Does it mean it makes them laugh every time?

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The phrase means that whatever it is engenders some strong emotion: here it will be laughter, but in other contexts it might be tears, surprise, or embarrassment.


"(something) gets me" is a catch phrase, everytime is an intensifier that suggests 'I can never get used to it'.

Eric Partridge in A Dictionary of Catch Phrases explains that gets me!

that gets me! is recorded in HLM, 1922, as a 'picturesque' phrase. Meaning: 'That annoys me': recorded by the DAE for 1867; current in Britain c. 1919-39. P.B.: but still current, in UK, by allusion, in remarks like 'What gets me about it is the way she can so blatantly...'
A.B., 1979, amplifies: 'Sometimes, that really gets my goat! [also Brit.] and [the later] that really does piss me off, which is often truncated to I'm really P.O.'d!... I don't think the "got" one is largely currently, but it isn't dead. ...

Loosely applied, the phrase could also mean never fails to amuse me or such.

  • It's a kind of shorthand for "It gets to me every time," whether what is "gotten to" is your funny bone, your tear ducts, your goat, or your suddenly reddening ears. May 15, 2013 at 22:59

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