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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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