What does "is it me, or..." mean?



Is it me = is it my mistake/fault.

"Is it me, or is this a bug?" - Is this my fault for not understanding something or is it a bug.

The implication is normally that you don't really think it is your mistake so it's phrased as a faked apology. ie I might be mistaken but I don't really believe I am.

It can also be used to make an insult/comment, "Is it me or should she really not be wearing that at her age?", assumes those you are talking to agree with you.

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    @Martin Beckett: It doesn't have to be a matter of mistakes / fault / blame. Oftentimes I might say it in a far more literal mode - for example, in contexts where I've noticed something and wonder if others have too. – FumbleFingers Jun 3 '11 at 20:43
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    @funblefingers - yes "is it just me or is everyone on EL&U a pedant?" Is a slightly different connotation of, I assume you would agree with me – mgb Jun 3 '11 at 20:49
  • @Martin Beckett, @FumbleFingers: Thanks for your answer and comments. – user8267 Jun 3 '11 at 21:02
  • I often hear the phrase 'Is it me or is it cold/hot in here?' which is used when somebody is concerned whether their body temperature is normal, or everbody else is experiencing the same thing. – Ambo100 Jun 3 '11 at 21:42
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    @Ambo100 - yes that's what I meant. The point is that you don't really believe it's just you but are trying to find a polite way of expressing your opinion without expressing yourself. It's definitely an English thing! – mgb Jun 3 '11 at 22:11

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