What does “Cheer up” mean? Some people say that you can't use that phrase when the listener is in real bad situations, such as having their arm broken, car accidents or something like those, because the phrase could feel like "Hey that's nothing, just shrug it off and stop being childish". But I've seen some scenes in many media where people use it even to the ones whose family member has passed away. How should I use "Cheer up" correctly?
Oct 14, 2019 2:00 PM
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Interesting. I would consider it quite inappropriate to tell someone to "cheer up" if a family member had passed away. Essentially, you are telling the person to stop being sad, and try to be happy. It seems wrong to tell someone to be happy if someone close to them has died. I think most people would say you *shouldn't* be happy under those circumstances. I agree with Frank P. that the tone is important, because depending on the tone, the phrase could sound less like "be happy" and more like "don't let this completely ruin your life." But personally I don't think I would ever use this phrase if I were talking to someone in a really serious situation. To me it seems better for circumstances where you're trying to convince the other person that what happened wasn't really so bad. Maybe the person lost a competition, or failed a test, or had a fight with a friend, or didn't get invited to a party, or has to do something unpleasant. "Cheer up, you can always try again / it's only for a little while / it was probably an accident / everything will work out / etc."
October 14, 2019
It depends more on the tone of you voice when you say “cheer up” rather than the context of in what situation you use the phrase in. But for funerals I would recommend “my condolences” or “sorry for your loss.”
October 14, 2019
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