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    "Useful" words - - -

    There are some words that are so "handy" - they acknowledge that the comment was heard, but do not affirm or negate the comment - but can "say" so much with inflection!

    Examples:

    Oh?
    Really!
    Interesting -
    Whatever -

    What do you say when you "heard" the comment - but that's about all you want to do with/about it?
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    "got it" has been added to my list but it tends to tick the hubby off...lol. "whatever" also tends to be a ticker trigger...
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    yeah?

    hmmmm

    okayyyy


    *humph*
    If I had ambition, I would be dangerous. Alas, I am harmless (and annoying) as a cricket.

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    well, bless your heart....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    well, bless your heart....
    Always thought that one was a bit backhanded lol
    If I had ambition, I would be dangerous. Alas, I am harmless (and annoying) as a cricket.

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    If it's gossip - especially mean gossip - "Really? Who told you that?" Often, when I ask for a source, the conversation dies. "Really? Let's go ask him/her about that." also kills the conversation.

    When I worked, it seemed that I had a reputation for not spreading rumors, gossiping. I was amazed at how many people would come to talk to me and preface their conversation with, "I know that you won't tell anyone what i tell you..." and then spill their guts about something personal that was bothering them. Most of them didn't want advice, just a trusted, non-judgmental ear.

    Lucky for me and them, I never heard anything criminal from any one of them.
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    Interesting you would say this cathyvv. Because I didn't spread rumors people sometimes thought I didn't have an opinion. Sometimes it's difficult to know who to be faithful to by telling someone or not.

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    My DH and I have a few comments for things:

    If some one tells us their plans (which we know will never happen). We reply with..."I'd like to see that."

    If they are giving advice we don't plan on taking....."I've never thought about it that way."

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    I hate when people say,"Whatever",
    it's almost as bad as a curse to me.
    I hate when people say, I find that hard to believe. which to me means, you're lying.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    I use the look-straight-into-the-eyes, "mmmphf" thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    There are some words that are so "handy" - they acknowledge that the comment was heard, but do not affirm or negate the comment - but can "say" so much with inflection!

    Examples:

    Oh?
    Really!
    Interesting -
    Whatever -

    What do you say when you "heard" the comment - but that's about all you want to do with/about it?

    All of the above....

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    ha, ha. my friend got onto me when asked what I would like to drink and I'd say what ever. I don't know where I picked that up but seemed to have stopped saying it.

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    "well dang" - depending on the inflection used - works for most any situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loosethread View Post
    My DH and I have a few comments for things:

    If some one tells us their plans (which we know will never happen). We reply with..."I'd like to see that."

    If they are giving advice we don't plan on taking....."I've never thought about it that way."
    These are two of my favorites too.
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    My DH use to get crazy when you ask the kids how school or their day was and out would come ''fine'' in a snotty tone. For me when I would ask what he wanted for dinner he would say 'I don't care' or 'what ever' these answers were like finger nails on a chalkboard. So I didn't cook -he would have to take me out to dinner. Hey, he said he didn't care lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by PenniF View Post
    "well dang" - depending on the inflection used - works for most any situation.
    Same here and "I'll be darned" is another one.

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    Oh Stitchit123 I like that one!! DH has been working from home and I honestly admit that I get very tired of constantly needing to plan and make meals. I think I will give him fair warning and then follow your example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchit123 View Post
    My DH use to get crazy when you ask the kids how school or their day was and out would come ''fine'' in a snotty tone. For me when I would ask what he wanted for dinner he would say 'I don't care' or 'what ever' these answers were like finger nails on a chalkboard. So I didn't cook -he would have to take me out to dinner. Hey, he said he didn't care lol
    I always tell my husband they were out of "idontcare" at the grocery store and they stopped making "whatever" so I can't even get that anymore. So, ok, I will make spaghetti, he hates spaghetti. He usually comes up with something for dinner then.
    For other people, I say, "I understand". Yes I understand what you are saying. I might not agree or understand how you came up with that but I understand the words that are coming out of your mouth. You can take it anyway you want.
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    What's the matter with the truth? If I don't agree with someone I'll just say "I don't agree with that" but you are entitled to your opinion.

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    Apparently I don't need to say much at all.....according to my loved ones, the raised eyebrow is generally enough.

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    Hey I liked all of the above! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveseveN View Post
    Always thought that one was a bit backhanded lol
    It's meant to be, in modern times. It truly used to be a blessing for a sweet heated person.
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    My son-in-law always replies- Yes I see what you mean. LOL He is blind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    Apparently I don't need to say much at all.....according to my loved ones, the raised eyebrow is generally enough.
    Here, too!
    Courtesy is not optional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    Apparently I don't need to say much at all.....according to my loved ones, the raised eyebrow is generally enough.
    My nose wrinkle also seems to be effective!

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