Top Ten Things to Never Ever Say Out Loud

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Originally posted on August 17th 2015. Still seems to make sense.

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This list was inspired by hearing many things said in an out-loud voice that would have been better kept to the inside. Hope you like it.

Top Ten Things to Never Ever Say Out Loud

10 Never say out loud, “When is your baby due?” If you do, at best, the person will give you a time of expected delivery but a frown for asking a personal question. At worst, you will be apologetic for making the assumption of motherhood when, in fact, the person has a different condition that the non-recognition of same requires numerous hits about your head and body. (And you thought that umbrella was on account of the rain forecast)

9 Never say out loud, “Do you smell something?” If you do, at best, those around you will wrinkle their nose and assume you are an animal. At worst, big Brutus, who is behind you, will think you are making fun of the fact that he works on an oil rig such a slight will become apparent to you on your way to the ER. (Brutus has some sensitivity about smelling like oil although he has not mastered the art of bathing)

8 Never say out loud, “It’s my turn.” If you do, at best, you will have someone choosing to disagree. At worst, the crowd behind you in line will sense the insecurity of such a statement and push forward in an attempt to eliminate your position in line. (You should not say it even if the clerk asks, “Who’s next?”)

7 Never say out loud, “My, you have a healthy appetite” If you do, at best, you will call attention to the fact that the person ate quite a bit. At worst, you will demonstrate your lack of social grace, and someone might hand you a well-deserved knuckle sandwich. (Which will be 100% fat-free.)

6 Never say out loud, “Is that appropriate wear for a date?” If you do, at best, you might be responsible for the opening salvo of a great teen war. At worst, you might be told that what is worn is nobody’s business and what are you going to do about it? (The next move and ultimate fault for the episode are yours.)

5 Never say out loud, “You out of razors?” If you do, at best, there will be some additional comment about you not liking a particular look. At worst, you will come to understand that razor use is now part of certain banned behaviors of a back to nature group. (That you had no idea existed before now. How do you like my AK47?)

4 Never say out loud, “I hear you’re in Weight Watchers.” If you do, at best, you can expect an unwelcome comment about your weight. At worst, you could be on the receiving end of an invitation to engage in an unnatural act with yourself. (And we are not talking about spanking.)

3 Never say out loud, “Did you have a choice of color?” If you do, at best, the subject of your humor will not laugh with you.  At worst, you might be on the receiving end of some very critical comments about your lavender-colored Ford Focus. (And you know you had a choice.)

2 Never say out loud, “Your children are certainly a handful, aren’t they?” If you do, at best, you will have precipitated a great test of will on the part of the parent. At worst, you will understand what it is like to pick on a baby bear cub. (Running up a tree is probably the best solution.)

1 Never say out loud. “You don’t eat meat. What’s wrong with you?” If you do, at best, those who don’t eat meat will avoid you like the plague. At worst, several Professional Vegan Wrestler Society members will provide a free message, and you will agree there is nothing wrong with people who choose to avoid eating meat. (Admit it you never felt so relaxed. Too bad you can’t feel your feet.)

81 comments

  1. I had no blessed idea vegans had a wrestling society going. We have officially reached the point of no return now.

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    1. Their big folks too. 😳

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      1. Should have been They’re. 😊

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    2. The Devil Unbound · · Reply

      Isn’t the movie Fight Club about vegans?

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      1. Never saw it so I don’t know.

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      2. The Devil Unbound · ·

        Neither did I 😉

        Excellent article!

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      3. Thank you, 😊

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      4. Haha! You know what? You are onto something . . .

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      5. Seemed that way.

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    1. Thanks, Harmony.

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  2. There are times when it is best to keep one’s mouth shut, although with #2, it might involve biting one’s tongue until it bleeds.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John! 😀

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  3. Lol! I say #9 often! I have a keen sense of smell.😉

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    1. Good to be warned, Jill. 😁

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  4. I did the equivalent of number 10 – once. Great list, John.

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    1. I’m sure we all have. Thanks, Dan

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  5. Thinking this list could keep going for a long time. So many things that are better left unsaid.

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    1. You are so right, Charles. Thank you. 😊

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  6. Number 2 needs to be said once in a while. When I ran Macy’s processing team I was usually ‘behind the scenes’, but there were times on the floor I wish I could have corralled a kid or two!

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    1. I can imagine. Seeing running up and down with no parents in sight.

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  7. I’ve seen #10 turn into a very awkward situation a few times. Your list sure holds up, John.

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    1. Thank you, Teri. 😁

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  8. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Hilarious! 😂 I missed the first time around, so this was side-splitting and on some points, a little too familiar. Great job, John.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. This is a segment of “I wish I hadn’t said that,” list. 😁

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  9. Hilarious, but true, John!

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    1. Thanks, Jan. Glad you got a laugh.

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  10. What ever you planning on saying remember to conclude with the phrase ” Did I just say that out loud ? ” with a tone of complete astonishment.

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    1. Good way to cover up. “I’m just sayin'” has that effect too.

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  11. You should write etiquette manuals.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Craig.

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  12. I liked all of these – good advice. My response would be a muttered ‘dumbass.’

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    1. Hahaha. I agree with you, Noelle.

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  13. Oh dear. These are definitely thoughts one should keep to oneself. Thanks for the refresher, John — I think I must’ve missed it the first go round, but you’re right — it still holds up!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Glad you liked it.

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  14. These made me laugh, John, especially the Are you pregnant one. I’ve seen people make that mistake more than once. It is very embarrassing all around.

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    1. Yes it is. Gotta wonder why folks still ask. Thanks, Robbie.

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  15. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Very funny! I especially like #2 as it seems to be okay for a parent to say that about their own child, but they don’t find it amusing when someone else does.

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    1. Yes indeed. Have to be very careful. Thanks, Pete.

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I think I’ve heard a few said to me and I believe a I’m guilty of saying a couple. Thanks for resharing this list, John 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  17. Yes, I think it is best, in pretty much all these cases, to keep one’s mouth firmly shut!

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    1. Or keep the foot in there from the last faux pas

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      1. Yes indeed!

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  18. First off, I love JACKIE GLEASON. Seeing Ralph made my day.

    I love number 1 about eating meat since I can relate not being a flesh person. It all started when I bonded with a cow and that was it for me so I’d be on the other end.

    I’ll add 2, how I loathe misbehaved kids whose parents pretend they don’t notice. I’d have to bite down on a pencil not to make a snark remark, this non-beef eater, that once made a helluva martini. It’s all so related, isn’t it,

    I noticed this is current, and not from the Howell Archives, 🙂

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    1. It is all related. I used to be a beef eater and stopped in 1991. I still make a helluva martini so I can relate to how well it goes together. This was from August 17 2015. I think you might have missed that under the Jackie Gleason photo. He is a favorite of mine as well. Thanks for the comment and visit.

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      1. I saw today’s date so I guess that’s what confused me.

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  19. Great list, John! Definitely, these are all things no one should say out loud. I’m guilty of having to bite my tongue when wanting to ask someone if she’s pregnant. I might ask someone who might know, but I’ve heard too many stories of people making the wrong assumptions 😉

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    1. 😁 I learned very early on that who or who’s not pregnant is there business and none of mine.

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  20. “Do you want to know why, Alice? Do you really want to know why? I’ll tell you why. It’s because I got a BIG MOUTH!”

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    1. 🤣 Alice don’t forget I’m the king and you’re nothing.” ” Big deal Ralph you are king over nothing.”

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  21. A lavender Ford Focus, huh? 🙂 And definitely take care what you say around vegans. They are one group who truly believes their way is the only way and try to convince others of that.

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    1. Yes indeed. The wrestling team is especially huge.

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  22. Very entertaining, and I love the vintage photo:)

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    1. Jackie was a favorite of mine in the day. Thanks, Becky.

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      1. This was a fun show, that’s for sure!

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  23. I’m often tempted toward #2, although it’s better that I keep my mouth shut, since I probably would phrase it somewhat differently.

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    1. I’m with you. Better not said at all. Reminds me of the time I was on a flight to Hawaii with Dick Benjamin and Paula Prentiss. The kids were fine it was Dick and Paula that needed to STFU.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael. 😊

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      1. :-)) Thank you as well, John!

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  24. Thank you for this very useful posting, John! A very good list for me. :-)) Enjoy a wonderful day! xx Michael

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    1. Thank you. Have a wonderful day as well. 😊

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      1. Thank you as well, John! Greetings also to Lucy and Twiggy. 😉 xx Michael

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      2. They say Hi back. 😊

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  25. Professional Vegan Wrestler Society. You are Mr. Humor, John. Loved this!

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    1. Thank you kindly, Jennie.

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      1. You’re very welcome, John!

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  26. LOLOL!
    I adore these posts.
    I don’t eat meat. No follow up, after the comment. I get why people eat meat.
    I’m not a veggie snob. However, I would love to embrace all who do eat meat, in the reality of respecting life, and the despicable practice of factory farms.

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    1. I haven’t had red meat since 1991. Also we try to eat vegetable protean every other day. so there is that. 😊

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      1. Sounds great! xo

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  27. Great observations, John, and your choice of Gleason for the picture was perfect. That character was ‘ the greatest’.

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    1. He was for sure. Thanks, Steve.

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  28. You mean, no development in the world in the last 6 years? Our leaders will be very unhappy.

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    1. Yes they should hate themselves.

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  29. I know someone who did #10, and was wrong. (no, not me:)

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    1. A friend I’m sure.

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