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how can I avoid answering standard, polite questions?

I hate responding to small-talk interrogations. I'm a private person, and I just don't feel ok with giving relative strangers answers to personal-feeling questions, even though the questions themselves may be fairly innocuous. I also get confused and flustered when people ask me a lot of questions, and I will make mistakes, even though they are about me. How can I avoid answering these kinds of questions? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Sep 20, 2013 - 26 answers

"Hi, great to see you, who are you?"

Which is best: asking an acquaintance "What's your name again?", hoping they don't notice you don't remember their name, or guessing their name and being wrong? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jul 10, 2012 - 35 answers

Doyyy I wish I could do that herp derp derp

How do I talk to people whose work I admire without coming across as starstruck, opportunistic, tactless, or otherwise obnoxious? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

My schedule is totally not interested in you

Mind-reading Filter: What does this mean - "Well, I'm totally booked up this week... I don't know what my schedule is next week." [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Aug 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Tell me about "Tell me about" ... if you'd be so very kind.

Every time I hear a journalist say "Tell me about ..." when interviewing someone on television, I get really annoyed. It seems so incredibly presumptuous, pompous and impolite to demand an answer of a guest like that. Yet it happens all over the world. Is this standard journalistic practice? What's the reasoning behind it? Anyone else feel the same way or am I being a relic? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on May 9, 2008 - 39 answers

How to handle conversation interruptions graciously?

In a meet-and-greet setting, when talking to someone and someone else comes by and interrupts, what's the gracious way of dealing with it? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Nov 24, 2006 - 11 answers

Do you retell other people's remarks?

Do you retell other people's clever remarks as your own? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Nov 12, 2006 - 39 answers

Do you REALLY mean that?

How do you follow up on politely given invitations? [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on May 8, 2006 - 15 answers

How can I graciously remind someone of my name?

After much struggle, I am finally getting good at remembering people's names. This new skill has opened a new avenue of embarrassment for me, though. I now frequently greet acquaintances by name, but often when I do so, they can't remember my name even though it's obvious they want to. What's the most gracious way of reminding someone of your name while minimizing embarrassment all around? (posted by amtho's fiance)
posted by amtho on Apr 16, 2006 - 20 answers

Conversations with persons with lazy eyes

How to politely converse with a person who has a lazy eye? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2005 - 19 answers

What are some good first date questions?

This is for a friend, I swear!

I’ve got a big date tonight and as all of you know from being my friend, though I may be a stellar conversationalist, I don’t have a good sense of boundaries and what are appropriate 1st date questions to ask. So can you all send me a list?  It may also be helpful to give me a list of things not to say.
posted by rschroed on Oct 29, 2004 - 36 answers

Is it ok to talk to someone on the phone while using the bathroom?

Is it ok to talk to someone on the phone while using the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile on Aug 13, 2004 - 76 answers

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