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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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