Oh, men. So simple…so straightforward. And yet so many of us like to think that when they say things like, “it’s over,” what they mean is, “it’s over, unless you can convince me otherwise.”

I wish that this was just a cruel cliche, but I’ve known too many women of all ages (myself included) who, upon hearing certain words come out of men’s mouths, twist them and turn them until they become something different, something new, something bursting with rainbows and possibility!

But generally, it behooves both parties in any relationship to take their partners’ statements at face value. Besides, if someone is deliberately saying things they don’t mean, that’s called “manipulation,” and that’s a whole other gallery. So here are some things that if you hear from the lips of a man (or a woman, for that matter), you should accept: