I don't have enough context to understand this sentence. Is it a slang of US people ?

I may be wrong, but I highly doubt it. I'm Jackson


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I may be wrong, but I highly doubt it. I'm a Jackson.

And here "Jackson" is a surname, which can be replaced by any surname: be it Smith, Jones, Futgvuff, Stroganoff,...

It is a meme, which stems from the politically-opinionated book of former basketball star Charles Barkley entitled I may be wrong but I doubt it.

Now its just a way of showing off your surname on t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Alternatively, in

I may be wrong, but I highly doubt it. I'm Jackson.

Jackson could be a first name (example: Jackson Brown). The same meaning applies, whether the phrase is a Jackson or just Jackson.

  • So is this comparable to 'keeping up with the Joneses' in Britain? (in the way that it's based on surname obsession) Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 14:10
  • No @marcel that idiom means acquiring as many items as one's neighbor; this one means, either seriously or jokingly, that because of who I am (A Thompson, a Barkley, a Nixon, even a College Professor), I can't be wrong. It can be used ironically, suggesting that someone who is a Barkley or Nixon really can and probably is wrong. Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 14:44
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    Some of the hits on a Google search for “I may be wrong, but I highly doubt it. I'm" are followed by a name without an article. Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 15:17
  • Okay @Edwin I've factored that in. Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 15:24

You're 'perfect'

The first part:

I may be wrong, but I highly doubt it

is then supported by the phrase

I'm Jackson.

Which means (according to the Urban Dictionary):

A guy that's like crazy perfect. He's tall and strong and ...Overall, Jacksons are the best thing in the world...

  • Urban Dictionary entries for names are almost all in-jokes. They don't describe widely known traits associated with names.
    – herisson
    Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 19:34
  • @sumelic That may well be true. If so, it's too bad if UD isn't very reliable in these instances.
    – Chemus
    Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 23:25

It's a brag that has become enough of a catchphrase that merchandisers have picked it up for display on t-shirts and hoodies.

It means exactly what it says: "I concede that it is possible (in any given context) that I could be wrong, but that possibility is small." In other words, if we're arguing about something "I'm right".

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