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* 20 Unpleasant Conversations (p.2 of 5)

 

20.6   When you stop a person from being annoying

 

Would you stop that?   Listen   AWhy don’t you stop being annoying?”   <“Jimmy, your childish antics aren’t amusing. Would you stop that?”>

Could you please stop doing that?   Listen   <“Why are you teasing the cat? Could you please stop doing that?”>

Must you do that?   Listen   <“You keep putting me down in front of my colleagues. Must you do that?”>

Must you continue to do that?   Listen   <“You keep asking my friends and relatives if I’m still loyal to you. It embarrasses me. Must you continue to do that?>

Have you got ants in your pants?   Listen   AWhy are you annoyingly nervous?”   <“Why don’t you keep your offensive remarks to yourself? Have you got ants in your pants?”>

That's really bothersome.   Listen   <“You are always critical of me. That’s really bothersome.”>

That's really bothering me.   Listen   <“You are watching television without interruption. That’s really bothering me.”>

That's really bugging me.   Listen   AThat is really annoying.”   <“You are asking me the same question again and again. That’s really bugging me.”>

That's really annoying.   Listen   <“Why are you laughing like crazy? That’s really annoying.”>

It's really irritating.   Listen   <“You’ve been talking on the phone all day. It’s really irritating.”>

That's making me crazy.   Listen   <“You are taunting me all the time. That’s making me crazy.”>

That's grating on my nerves.   Listen   <“Stop playing your silly guitar. That’s grating on my nerves.”>

That's getting on my nerves.   Listen   <“Stop whistling all the time. That’s getting on my nerves.”>

That's driving me nuts.   Listen   A “Your annoying actions are forcing me into the state of insanity.”   <“Stop calling me every fifteen minutes. That’s driving me nuts.”>

Enough, already!   Listen   AYou have already reached the limit!”   <“Can you ever be serious? Enough, already!”>

Enough of this foolishness!   Listen   AStop this stupid behavior!”   <“Stop teasing me. You know I don’t like it. Enough of this foolishness!”>

I’ve had enough of this!   Listen   AI will not take this anymore!”   <“Stop picking on me. I’ve had enough of this!”>

I’ve had it up to here with you.   Listen   <“Your pranks are really annoying. I’ve had it up to here with you.”>

Cut it out!   Listen   AStop doing or saying that!”   <”All right, you guys! Cut it out! Get to work!”>

Knock it off!   Listen   <”OK, you clowns! Knock it off! Get moving!”>

Come on!   Listen   AStop behaving like that!”   <“Come on, man! Do you really need to be so obnoxious?”>

Come off it!   Listen   AStop acting this way!”   <“James, come off it! You are not the Queen of England.”>

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20.7   When you stop a person from being boring or dull

 

Must you harp on the same string?   Listen   ADo you need to be a bore?”   <“You’re going on and on with your old complaints. Must you harp on the same string?”>

Must you keep harping on that?   Listen   <“I told you I admit my mistake. Must you keep harping on that? You’re driving me mad.”>

Must you dwell on the subject?   Listen   <“You’re being really repetitious with your dull criticism. Must you dwell on the subject?”>

Don't be such a stick-in-the-mud.   Listen   ADon’t be such a boring person.”   <“Turn down your monotonous music. Don’t be such a stick-in-the-mud.”>

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20.8   When you stop a person from being unpleasant

 

Don't be so grumpy.   Listen   <“You’re talking all the time about how much better life was when you were a kid. Don’t be so grumpy.”>

Don't be so grouchy.   Listen   <“I told you I would go with you to the zoo on Sunday. Don’t be so grouchy.”>

Don't be such a grouch.   Listen   <“You are complaining about almost everything I do for you. Don’t be such a grouch.”>

Don't be such a crab.   Listen   <“Who will pay your bills? What kind of question is that? You will! Don’t be such a crab.”>

Stop griping.   Listen   <“You have much work? That’s good. Stop griping. Would it be better is you were unemployed?”>

Stop sulking.   Listen   <“Consider the punishment you are receiving as edification. Stop sulking.”>

Stop pouting.   Listen   <“Did you have a fight with your boyfriend? I bet you, you started the fight first. Stop pouting.”>

Stop complaining.   Listen   <“So, you’re not entirely happy with your family life? Well, marriage is like military service. A lot of people want to quit, but you would be surprised at how many re-enlist. Stop complaining.”>

Quit complaining.   Listen   <“The gardener is mowing the lawn. Naturally, he is making noise. Quit complaining.”>

Quit whining.   Listen   <“If you have energy to complain about something, then you must have energy to do something about it. Quit whining, take action.”>

Quit your bitching.   Listen   <“A street vendor didn’t take your order? You can’t expect everybody to be at your beck and call. Quit your bitching.”>

What’s the matter with you?   Listen   AWhat make you behave so unpleasantly?”   <“You’ve been grouchy all day. What’s the matter with you?”>

Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?   Listen   AYou seem grouchy today.”   <“You seem depressed and moody today. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?”>

Somebody didn't get enough sleep.   Listen   <“This morning you threw a slipper at the cat. Then, you kicked the children out of the television room. Finally, you broke a couple of plates in the kitchen. Somebody didn’t get enough sleep.”>

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20.9   When you are angry with a person and call them mentally inadequate

 

You're crazy.   Listen   AYou must be crazy to behave like that.”   <“Don’t drive so fast. Slow down! You’re crazy.”>

You're out of your mind.   Listen   (used with You’re or You’ve got to be)   <“It’s cold. You can’t go outside like that. You’re out of your mind.”>

You're out of your head.   Listen   <“Did you call my sister to tell her about my accident? You’re out of your head. Now, she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.”>

You're nuts.   Listen   <“Look at this stormy weather. Do you want to swim in the sea now? You’re nuts.”>

You’re nutty as a fruitcake.   Listen   <“You’ve lost a thousand dollars in Las Vegas, haven’t you? You’re nutty as a fruitcake.”>

You're a freak.   Listen   <“Did you get drunk and make advances to the boss’s wife at the Christmas party? You’re a freak.”>

You've gone over the edge.   Listen   <“Whenever I try to do something for you, you yell at me. You’ve gone over the edge.”>

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