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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 7 months ago

"You and I ought to just keep our distance": offensive?

At the gym I go to, I know most of the regulars and at least acknowledge them. Some of them and I have very short conversations when coming to or leaving the gym, or in the locker room.

I started talking to one regular on my way in, and he clasped his arms in front of his chest and looked away, and then said, "You and I ought to just keep our distance."

How would you respond to that? Offensive, yes?

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    You should have said, "I'm sorry you feel that way. Maybe if we talked things through I could convince you I'm a nice person".

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  • 7 months ago

    He doesn't want a friend, doesn't want to chit chat. It was a little rude I guess but how else can he put it? Everyone doesn't have to be friends.

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  • g
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    It was a thinly veiled request to which I would respond by keeping my distance. It's not rocket science.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    it sounds very offensive to me, i would just ignore that person and avoid talking to them in the future

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  • .
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Sounds like there's more to this story.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    sounds rude, i probably wouldnt want to talk to that person again

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  • 7 months ago

    Unless you like being annoying to someone else then don't continue to talk to him. Whether or not how he said it is "offensive" doesn't seem to matter.

    How would you phrase the unseemly thought "I wish you'd just not talk to me"? Is there a way? I think most people would take offense to it no matter how it was said.

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  • 7 months ago

    More curious than offensive. I would probably ask "Really? You think so? Why? Did I piss you off somehow?"

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