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Old 03-30-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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People who insist on answering "Non-Questions".

I'm sorry, but having to repeat myself is a bit of a bother.

I know it can't be helped, but I'm still Hissed.

For instance, suppose I ask:

"What day is it?"

"What!?!"

Sometimes I can accept one repeat with good grace—sometimes not.

If I answer:

"What day is it?"

That is a question, and it can reasonably be answered.

If I say:

"I asked what day it was."

That is not a question, but a statement of fact.

Notice there is no question mark after it.

You lost your "Answering Rights" to the original question when you failed to hear it...

And you should answer a statement of fact as if it were a Question only if your intention is to irritate someone beyond all precedent.

I really do a slow burn when someone shouts:

"What!?!"

Three or four times, followed be my saying:

"Forget it!"

Over and Over and Over Again...

While the person in question acts as if all their future prospects for happiness would be spoiled if they didn't learn what I'd already asked them five times.

"I Asked—and please do not tell me, because I no longer want to know—but I Asked what day it was."

"Saturday."

They answer with a beaming smile and an innocent demeanor quite unlike someone who'd just given someone more than enough provocation to get their case plea-bargained down to Manslaughter.

"Why did you just do that!?!"

I ask in complete outrage.

"Do what?" They ask innocently.

"Tell me that it's Saturday."

"Well you asked."

I haven't had the chance to try it out yet, because I go out very little...

But in the future:

"I will repeat the original question one more time, since it seems to mean so much to you...

"On the condition that you do not answer it.

"Now, when I ask the question, what will you do?"

And refuse to carry on until the answer is:

"When I hear the question, I will not answer it."

At least then they can't pretend not to know what I'm outraged about.


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