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Someone asked whether this sentence was grammatically correct:

My best friend is a person who I can tell everything to.

A native English speaker replied:

I would say it should be "whom I could tell everything to" or "to whom I could etc", but I'm funny like that.

What does "I'm funny like that" mean here?

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    What do you think it might mean? What research have you done? Which word specifically are you confused about?
    – randomhead
    Dec 8, 2021 at 1:42
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    It means “I have this eccentricity”. Dec 8, 2021 at 3:06
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    I'm funny here means I'm unusual / atypical / peculiar, and like that is just a vague reference to some aspect of the current situation (or something just spoken of) which specifically relates to the way in which I'm different to the norm. Dec 8, 2021 at 14:48

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The original sentence is perfectly natural, though incorrect from a strict grammarian's perspective.

The native speaker is pointing this out, and giving the grammatically correct version. But the speaker is also aware this is a kind of priggish thing to care about, and the phrase "I'm funny like that" acknowledges this in a lighthearted way. It's equivalent here to: "I'm weird like that."

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  • Could you please put it another way? I'm still a bit confused what "like that" is referring to.
    – Mohammad
    Dec 8, 2021 at 5:10
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    "like that" means "in that way". It's saying, "That (my compulsion to follow strict grammar) is an example of how I am weird."
    – Jonah
    Dec 8, 2021 at 5:15
  • I see. Why "but" is used before "I'm funny like that" then? This is my understanding of the reply so far: "I think/in my opinion your sentence would be grammatically correct if you used "whom" instead of "who" but I'm used to following strict grammar rules, this is how weird I am!". "But" here contradicts the first part of the sentence, doesn't it?
    – Mohammad
    Dec 8, 2021 at 5:38
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    The "but" here is meant to qualify the first part of the sentence.... It implies something like this: "It's grammatically wrong, but most people wouldn't care... only weirdos like me."
    – Jonah
    Dec 8, 2021 at 5:57
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    Thank you so much. The meaning is clear as day now.
    – Mohammad
    Dec 8, 2021 at 6:08

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