I’m tired is all.

How can I parse this?

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It's not a grammatically correct sentence by itself - usually it would be something like

"I'm tired" is all [that I want to say].


"I'm tired" is all [that's wrong with me].

It means that there are no major problems; the speaker is just tired, which explains their odd behavior.


I am tired. That's all, no more explaination. I guess you were asked by your girlfriend why not pick up the phone.

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    I agree that "I'm tired is all" is just a colloquial way of saying, "I'm tired, that's all." It can be hard to parse a colloquialism, which makes this an interesting question. I'm not sure why you think this has anything to do with a girlfriend not picking up the phone, though – that's only one of a myriad of possible scenarios.
    – J.R.
    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:58
  • Those are called "jokes," another enigmatic phenomenon...
    – Crazy Eyes
    Oct 23, 2015 at 18:33

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