TBT! How You Say Goodbye May Say A Lot About You!

Don’t wanna be a fool for you
Just another player in your game for two
You may hate me but it ain’t no lie,
Baby Bye, bye, bye…
Bye Bye   ~N’SYNC, Bye, Bye, Bye

Some people are good at good byes and others…not so much. Adios, auf widersehen, good-bye, sayonara, bye, cheerio, buh bye, ciao, and bye bye are all ways to break company with someone. I was going to open this post with song lyrics about good byes from Train, but I couldn’t resist. It’s as if N’SYNC wrote that song just for me. Actually, they did. I was an original member of the group before I left to start The Phil Factor. Me and JT, we’re still cool though.



Parting is not always such sweet sorrow. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad and other times it’s just plain ridiculous. Everyone says their good byes differently, and how you do may say a lot about either you or how you feel about who you’re saying good bye to.

Bye: Short and to the point. Typically used when you either expect to see the other person again soon or you hate them and don’t want to waste your breath using more than one syllable on the other person. Being on the receiving end of such a curt send off is usually not good.

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Who doesn’t love James Van der Beek? am I right?

Bye Bye: A childish and demeaning way to part. Whether you’re saying it or you’re on the receiving end, it’s not good, unless you’re four years old. If you’re an adult and you ‘bye bye’ to anyone but your kids, you sound ridiculous. Trust me, it’s especially bad at the end of a job interview. Or eulogy.

Buh-bye: This one can only be delivered two ways: If you have a billion dollars and you’re watching guests leave a party at your palatial estate or if you are saying it dripping with sarcasm to someone you hate. This is how Kim Kardashian ends every marriage.



Usually I hate gifs, but c’mon, bears waving good-bye. How cute is that?

GoodbyeIt’s all in the delivery. If you’re leaving for a long trip and it comes with a hug and a smile it’s all good. If it’s said to you by a super-villain or a guy in a hockey mask, then, as the kids say, shit just got real.

And now it’s time for me to say good bye at the end of the post. Is there a good way to do it in writing? If you’d like to use this post to give someone a message, feel free to share it by hitting the Facebook or Twitter share buttons below. From the palatial blogging estate that is #ThePhilFactor, buh-bye and have a great weekend! ~Phil

11 responses to “TBT! How You Say Goodbye May Say A Lot About You!

  1. I tend to say buh bye quite a lot but have been known to say Cheerio!

  2. Now that I think about it I usually don’t even say goodbye; usually just an “okay, take care” or something like that and then get going.
    My wife however can say goodbye to someone and then stand there continuing the conversation at the door for another 20 minutes 🙁

  3. So long, farewell
    Auf Wiedersehen, adieu
    Adieu, adieu
    To you and you and you

  4. See you later Alligator!

  5. Oh yes. It’s all in the way it’s said! When I know I’ll be seeing the person again because they’re my friends or family, it’s ‘See ya later/soon’.
    ‘Goodbye’ when I have no idea when or if I’ll see them again.
    ‘Bye’ when I don’t care if I ever see them again.
    ‘Okay bye’ with a fake smile through gritted teeth and a nod, when I’ll make damn sure I never see them again!

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