Three on Thursday

Three phrases I hate to hear:

“I’m not sure whether this is appropriate to share, but…”  — Bull! You know damn well that it’s not, but you want to say it anyway.

“I didn’t feel passionately enough” — a standard line in agent rejection letters

Three phrases I love to hear:

“Thank you” — simple, to the point, and too often forgotten

“I’m sorry” — sometimes difficult to say, but so powerful

“What can I do to help?” — (assuming that the person offering will then follow thru)

What phrases do you love or hate?

Don’t forget to stop by Killer Chicks to find out why Joann Swanson is confessing to being “Unfaithful”


12 thoughts on “Three on Thursday

  1. Joann says:

    “I hate to interrupt” cracks me up because they’re, um, interrupting just by saying it.

    “You didn’t hear this from me…” also cracks me up.

    I like your three “good” phrases!

  2. I’m with Joann – “I hate to interrupt”…then why are you??
    “I have a favor to ask”…this only bugs me half the time. It depends on the favor. If it’s easy for me to do, no problem. But we have a neighbor who knows The Hubster can’t say no. I have resentment if I am walking YOUR dog while it’s raining and YOU are home. Also, housebreak your dog already. An 8 year old dog shouldn’t need me to come in every few hours. Especially if you get up early to walk her quickly in the morning so she relieves herself.
    Oh, and don’t say to someone that you are taking advantage of: “Your biggest problem is that you can’t say ‘no'” because then it highlights that you know you are taking advantage and just don’t care.
    Wow – apparently, I’m still hanging on to that one.

    Your three good phrases are on my list of good as well!

    • jblynn says:

      Jenny — to me the “favor” thing depends on who’s asking, not the favor itself. Certain people I’m thrilled to help out (probably because they’re not the type to take advantage) while others I have no desire to help (usually because they don’t appreciate or reciprocate)

  3. Kate Perry says:

    I hate to hear “You can’t do that,” and all of its variations.

    My favorite thing to hear is “I love you,” but only when the person saying it means it.

  4. RunningCompany says:

    I like :I am sorry in both cases:

    “I am sorry but….” …….kiss my A%^ ..BUT–should NEVER follow sorry,
    “That REALLY did hurt your feelings? ” Followed by the “…did it??”
    “Mrs. RunningCompany – this is Mr. X from the school” —please LORD let my kids safe , I’ll take in trouble ANYDAY

    I LOVE:
    “I am sorry” – just like you, heartfelt, warm and meaningful- even if it is something so small
    “You are so funny,happy,” —if I can bring a ray of sun into anyones day THAT makes my day
    “Its going to be 55 -60 degrees out with a bit of sun!” – PERFECT for the outdoors! Too bad all you beachlovers – its my season now! WooHoo!!! Suck it up!

    • jblynn says:

      Running — Must admit I’m too often guilty of “I’m sorry, but”

      ROFLMAO — I actually prefer it even a bit cooler (40-50) but I COMPLETELY understand the sentiment. Perfect training weather, right?

  5. Jenny says:

    Hate to hear:
    “No offense, but…” This always means I’m about to be offended.
    “You can say no, but…” This probably means I won’t be able to say no.
    “… but don’t tell her I told you.” Then why did you tell me? I obviously wasn’t supposed to know, and now I have the burden of keeping a secret.

    Love to hear:
    “I love your bag/shoes/purse/hair/earrings/new shade of lip gloss.”
    “Thank you.”

    • jblynn says:

      Jennifer — yup “no offense” is offensive and they’re practically guaranteeing a “yes” when they say you can say no

      BTW even tho I can’t see you, “I just love what you’ve done with your hair!”

  6. I hate to hear: “Do you want the good news or the bad news?”
    First, you know you have to hear both, so it’s not really a choice, and second, the good news is usually never as good as the bad news is bad.

    My second worst favorite line to hear is: “What’s for dinner?”

    • jblynn says:

      Jennifer — ROFL — I hate the “what’s for dinner?’ line too. My standard response is “why do you care? you’re going to have to eat it anyway.”

      And I agree about the good/bad news thing

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