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* 20 Unpleasant Conversations (p.1 of 5)


20.1   When you respond to an arrogant person


What makes you so special?   Listen   AWhat makes you better than other people?”   <“Don’t scold me! What makes you so special?”>

Who do you think you are?   Listen   AWhy do you think you are better than other people? Why do you think you can be arrogant with people?”   <“Don’t talk with me like that! Who do you think you are?”>

Whom do you think you’re talking to?   Listen   ADo you think you are talking to a worthless person?”   <“Get lost!” – “Whom do you think you are talking to?”>

You're so vain.   Listen   <“How can you criticize me so much? You’re so vain.”>

The world doesn't revolve around you.   Listen   <“You can’t talk to me like that! The world doesn’t revolve around you.”>

Do you think the world revolves around you?   Listen   <“Get out of my face!” – “Why are you yelling? Do you think the world revolves around you?”>

Do you think you're the center of the universe?   Listen   <“I don’t have to explain anything to you!” – “Do you think you are the center of the universe?”>

You think you're pretty smart, don't you?   Listen   ADo you think you are cleverer than other people?”   <“Where have you been?” – “It’s none of your business!” – “You think you’re pretty smart, don’t you?”>

You think you're so smart?   Listen   <“How can you talk like that to your little sister? You think you’re so smart?”>

You’re a smart-ass.   Listen   AYou are an obnoxious and impudent person.”   <“Are you done taunting me? You are a smart-ass.”>

You’re a smart aleck.   Listen   A from the name Alexander   <“Who are you to lecture me? You are a smart aleck.”>

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20.2   When you want to stop a person from being arrogant


Don't overstep your bounds.   Listen   ADon’t do more than you are permitted to do.”   <“You can sometimes banter with the colleagues at the office lightly, in a friendly manner, but you can never put them down. Don’t overstep your bounds.”>

Don't talk back to me!   Listen   ADon’t reply rudely!”   <“Don’t talk back to me! You are my child. I am not lecturing you, I am edifying you.”>

Don't get smart with me.   Listen   ADon’t talk with me as if you are cleverer than other people.”   <“I won’t tolerate your back talk. Don’t get smart with me.”>

Hold your tongue!   Listen   ADon’t talk arrogantly!”   <“Are you any good at anything in life?” – “Hold your tongue! I won’t put up with your arrogance.”>

Watch your mouth!   Listen   A “Listen to what you are saying! Don’t talk in this manner!”   <“Watch your mouth! I’m not going to listen to your mockery.”>

Watch yourself.   Listen   <“Watch yourself. Don’t talk derisively about my relatives.”>

Watch it!   Listen   AWatch what you are saying!”   <“I hate when you waste time in a dressing room.” – “Watch it!”>

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20.3   When you are shocked with somebody’s rudeness


How dare you!   Listen   AHow dare you to be so rude!”   <“Man, get the hell out of here!” – “Watch your language. How dare you!”>

Excuse me?   Listen   AI am amazed at your rudeness.”   <“I expected you to be more attentive to my requests.” – “Excuse me? What did I do wrong?”>

Pardon me?   Listen   <“I hate when you do that to me.” – “Pardon me? What do you mean by this remark?”>

I beg your pardon?   Listen   <“You are getting on my nerves.” – “I beg your pardon? What don’t you like?”>

The nerve of you!   Listen   AHow rude of you!”   <“Man, get out of my way!” – “The nerve of you!”>

What a nerve!   Listen   <“Hey, get lost! You heard me!” – “Watch your tongue. What a nerve!”>

You've got a lot of nerve!   Listen   <“How can you discuss a lady in her presence? You’ve got a lot of nerve!”>

You have a lot of nerve!   Listen   <“How dare you flirt with my sister in front of me? You have a lot of nerve!”>

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20.4   When a person is being annoying


You are really trying my patience.   Listen   A “You are testing my patience with your annoyance.”   <“Can I talk to you now? It’s important!” – “Not again! We discussed it a hundred times. You are really trying my patience.”>

You would try the patience of a saint.   Listen   <“Your telephone calls every five minutes are driving me crazy. You would try the patience of a saint.”>

You're driving me up the wall.   Listen   A “Your annoyance is forcing me to climb up the wall.”   <“I have never cheated on you. Why are you so jealous? You are driving me up the wall.”>

You're driving me nuts.   Listen   A “Your annoyance is forcing me into the state of insanity.”   <“You sound like a broken record. Do you have to go on and on? You’re driving me nuts.”>

You just like to hear yourself talk.   Listen   A “You like annoying other people with talking.”   <“You’ve got nothing to say. You just like to hear yourself talk.”>

Don’t bother me.   Listen   A “Don’t annoy me. Leave me alone.”   <“Don’t bother me. I’m on the phone.”>

Stop bothering me.   Listen   <“I’ve had enough of your annoyance. Stop bothering me.”>

Stop pestering me.   Listen   <“I have several questions to you.” – “Stop pestering me. Can’t your questions wait?”>

I've had enough!   Listen   A “I have had enough of your annoyance.”   <“I’ve had enough! I’m leaving!”>

Give me a rest!   Listen   A “I want to have a rest from your annoyance.”   <“I need an answer now!” – “Give me a rest! I’m so tired of you.”>

Give me a break!   Listen   A “Give me a rest from your annoyance.”   <“Stop criticizing me! Give me a break!”>

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20.5   When you call a person annoying


You're a pain in the neck.   Listen   A “Your annoyance is painful.”   <“Turn your loud music down. You’re a pain in the neck.”>

You're a pain in the ass.   Listen   <“Don’t talk to me like that! You’re a pain in the ass.”>

You're a pain in the butt.   Listen   <“I can’t get you out of trouble every time. You’re a pain in the butt.”>

You're bothering me.   Listen   <“You’re whining again! You’re bothering me. Don’t you understand?”>

You grate on me.   Listen   A “You annoy me.”   <“Can you stop complaining? You grate on me.”>

You grate on my nerves.   Listen   <“Do you need to call me every fifteen minutes? You grate on my nerves.”>

You get on my nerves.   Listen   <“Why do you need to watch all these silly commercials on television? You get on my nerves.”>

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