“See you around!”
Has anyone ever said this to you? What do you think it means? No, really, I’d like to hear your take on it, because to me what it means is “Maybe we’ll bump into each other sometime and that’s when I’ll see you.” According to me, you say this to acquaintances, people you aren’t likely to see anytime soon because you really don’t care if you do or you don’t. You say this to people you will probably not make an effort to see or meet. You say this to someone you can’t be bothered about.
Now, maybe that is the message you’re trying to get across. You do not wish to see the audience of this statement anytime soon. If that is really how you feel about the person you’re saying it to, then there’s nothing wrong with it. In that case, by all means, go ahead and say it until you’re blue in the face.
The problem sets in when you actually may not want to convey those sentiments, when you may really like the person you’re saying it to and you probably will make an effort to see them soon. Then why not say “See you soon!”? A much shorter word: soon. It requires less breath, less effort, has fewer syllables and probably can’t be misunderstood (although you should never underestimate a woman’s mind when it comes to these things).
You should know, if you’re saying “See you around!” and the person you’re saying it to is like me, they get the impression that you couldn’t care less about seeing them, that they’re just a casual acquaintance whom you will see here and there incidentally, due to chance meetings or casual, situational run-ins. Yes, maybe I over-analyse. So sue me.