1. Why are you so quiet/you’re so quiet.
Yes, I know that I’m quiet. Thank you for pointing it out to me yet again, I had forgotten. That’s definitely going to make me want to talk more. I’m also struck by the temptation to reply “that’s because you’re so loud”, but I try to stifle rude comments, something I wish others would do 🙂
2. You look tired.
I don’t understand why people still say this. I know I look tired, because chances are, I am tired. I was just hoping that no one else would notice, or at least that they wouldn’t say anything. Or sometimes, I feel great and someone will say this. And I’m like, thanks for telling me that I look terrible.
3. Why aren’t you talking?
Hmm, probably because you’re dominating the conversation. Or the conversation isn’t really interesting me that much. Or I’m just feeling very overwhelmed and can’t focus. Oh wait, now you’re talking about something else and aren’t even listening to me, why do I even try…
4. What do you think about (insert topic)? Then they continue speaking without allowing response time.
Thank you for trying to include me, but you have to actually let me answer in order for this to be a conversation. Otherwise, you are just talking to yourself.
5. Have you met someone nice?
I know you mean a guy. Thank you for reminding me that I’m single, and telling me that I can’t possibly be happy that way. Even complete strangers have asked about my marital status. I don’t even understand…
There are definitely more, but those were the ones that came to mind pretty quickly. Apologies for the high levels of sarcasm, I have a pretty low tolerance for things like this 🙂
So what do you think people should never say?