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I like the low road

I know that I should not let these comments annoy me and take the high road. But, sometimes I don't want to. To summarize, someone who is close to me speaks with a southern accent and I get really irritated when people make fun of southern accents. I wish I had a witty comment or retort that made people think twice about making these types of comments. I'd like to communicate how rude it is and actually just makes them look judgmental and small-minded, while at the same time keeping it light-hearted and not too critical. Yes, I know it's probably better to ignore it, but for the purposes of this question, please assume that is not an option! Any advice?
posted by seesom on Oct 13, 2016 - 25 answers

When your good friend becomes close with an unfavorable friend

So, I have friends who run fitness programs and help many people. I introduced a "friend" who I met through work but distanced myself from her because she's racist. She says pretty shitty things about black people but once she knows what you're into, she panders. I don't trust her and don't feel emotionally safe. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Aug 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Networking (and socializing) for socially awkward people.

I'm ashamed to say I've been somewhat avoiding the whole job application and networking stuff. I find it very difficult to speak to people because I have a quiet voice and I'm very standoffish. I tend to have a very robotic way of speaking and I've been told I look overwhelmed and scared a lot. I find it very difficult to express myself and sometimes I wonder if I even have a personality. How do I change so I can be more likable and approachable? [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon on May 28, 2016 - 14 answers

help me keep this from poisoning my day

I had a crummy experience during my morning commute just now that made me feel pretty awful. How can I keep this from ruining the rest of my day, and what can I do in the future if it happens again? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Nov 17, 2015 - 61 answers

Businesses asking for the name of your employer? Why?

Twice this year, I have had the experience of a business I patronize asking me for the name of my employer. The first one was my dentist. The second was a car rental company. What is up with that? Why do they need to know this information? Do they have a legal right to this? Is there some kind of business reason for it? I find this practice rather aggravating and would like to be better informed so that I may do a better job of deflecting these inappropriate inquiries in the future. Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 16, 2015 - 18 answers

How do you deal with rude people?

I'm really sick of dealing with rude people. Its like everywhere I go people are terribly rude and mean. Like people who are supposed to be doing their jobs and greeting you and being polite. I respect and treat people good but they are rude and condescending and it makes me so angry because I don't understand why they talk to me in such a way when I haven't done anything wrong. [more inside]
posted by home on Feb 27, 2015 - 46 answers

Sticky Work Situation - Worth Bringing Up?

I'm in a sticky work situation. My account manager, who I'm partnered with, is pretty great overall - tries to be understanding, gives me enough rope to succeed but enough support to perform, even spends extra hours with me for development. But we're all in our early to mid-twenties, which can be kind of a rough age. One of our other account managers is pretty blunt, quite potty-mouthed, abrasive with terrible delivery. For example, she will regularly say people "shit the bed" "absolutely fucking suck" "is a sack of shit" as a reason not to work with them. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Sep 8, 2014 - 31 answers

Can I ignore this email without being an awful person?

Got an email from someone I dated very briefly, some time ago, which unsettled me. I have not replied, and don't want to, but I still feel somewhat guilty about ignoring/blocking this person. Please help me walk the line between "honoring my inner Gavin de Becker" and "being kind of an asshole to someone." [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Apr 16, 2013 - 48 answers

please give advice on how to react to something

My dad was just incredibly rude to me. again. Please help me sort through my feelings, possible responses, and the wisest course of action. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Nov 8, 2012 - 38 answers

You're not the boss of me...

How do you deal with rudeness from people of authority? [more inside]
posted by murfed13 on Sep 20, 2012 - 32 answers

Managing your boss

Managing your boss or her expectations [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jun 30, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I contro nervous yawning?

How can I control my yawning tic, or at least make it less offensive? It seems to really put people off, and I feel terrible. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Feb 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Grammar police

How can I request that someone stop correcting my grammar and/or pronunciation of words? [more inside]
posted by Lord of the Sock Puppets on Feb 15, 2012 - 44 answers

I need something from the Department of Snappy Retorts.

What can I say to people who make racist comments about my baby? [more inside]
posted by gentian on Feb 2, 2012 - 79 answers

FOK JOU! (fok jou!)

Hi. Help me find fun pop songs, not in English, which are full of profanity. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Dec 6, 2011 - 13 answers

When to stop/start pushing someone for something you really want?

How much hounding of someone is too much when applying for something like a scholarship or internship? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Share the road, please.

I bike frequently in Cambridge and Boston and have been having problems with rude motorists (none, thankfully, involving injuries). On reflection, I think my actions in response to these incidents have been counterproductive. What should I be doing differently? [more inside]
posted by komilnefopa on Jun 7, 2011 - 18 answers

condescending names

trying to compile a list of condescending terms like "kid" or "son" [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on May 14, 2011 - 80 answers

Faking it

I need to learn how to fake my feelings better around people I dislike. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 16, 2011 - 11 answers

How do you deal with unbearable people?

I am required to interact with an individual who is rude, unpleasant, and socially retarded. I can't take it anymore and don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2010 - 23 answers

Judgemental kids in restaurant; Confront?

How to deal with a rude table next to you at a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Jbgohlke on Oct 10, 2009 - 32 answers

Not pregnant, but thanks for pointing out the belly fat.

How do I get people to stop asking if I'm pregnant, or respond in a way that deters further inquiries? I've been married for a little over a year, I'm nearing 30, I carry my weight in my belly instead of my hips. I get it that people are curious, but it's none of their business. [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jun 17, 2009 - 91 answers

Is it rude to stare at someone's tattoo?

Is it rude to stare at a stranger's tattoo? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green on Mar 21, 2008 - 20 answers

Why do people find simple questions offensive?

Why do people consider it rude to ask how much money a person makes? Or to ask a woman how old she is?
posted by wigglin on Jul 28, 2007 - 53 answers

Mind your own damn business!

MeFites:Help me figure out the best way to deal with my ridiculously rude, yelling neighbor. [more inside]
posted by engling on Jun 26, 2007 - 58 answers

Smile? I just don't feel like it.

Help me get people to leave me and my pearly whites alone! [more inside]
posted by sephira on Nov 7, 2006 - 41 answers

Good answer for the question "When are you going to have children?"

Snappy comebacks, please, for the question: so, when are you going to have children? [more inside]
posted by chippie on Sep 11, 2006 - 87 answers

Appropriate clothing

I'm due to meet my new girlfriend's father for the first time next month. He has a great sense of humor apparently, but bad eyesight (and is too vain to wear glasses). Would wearing one of these T-shirts be a good idea or not? (Any other suggestions welcome!)
posted by Tokil on Aug 4, 2006 - 24 answers

Childrens Songs

Many years ago, WGBH (NPR) in Boston had a Saturday afternoon folk music program. One day they played exerpts from an album by a singer/guitarist who had recorded rude songs that children sing when they think that there are no adults around. Who could this be and what is name of the album?
posted by Raybun on Feb 11, 2006 - 1 answer

Songs with swearing

Which songs/albums (preferably otherwise good) feature extreme amounts of cussing and swearing? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Apr 9, 2005 - 65 answers

How to stop chewing with your mouth open?

My girlfriend chews food with her mouth open. In the past four years, I've tried everything from polite admonition to blunt, borderline rudeness. She's not stupid, and she's generally well-mannered -- but she can't drop this habit. She's 23. Any suggestions?
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2005 - 37 answers

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