• Mon, Jul 26 2010

How To Respond To A Rude Question

People can be so rude sometimes. Last weekend, I attended a dance workshop with a Radio City Rockette. We were able to ask her questions after the class and I could not believe some of the questions that people were asking her. One mother asked, “How much money do you make?” A fifteen- year- old girl asked, “How much do you weigh?” I was appalled that someone would dare to ask such an intrusive question. The Rockette gracefully declined to answer the questions, and she deserves a pat on the back for staying cool and collected.
We’ve all been there. Someone asks you a question and you don’t know how/ don’t want to respond. Here are a few suggestions to try out. “Answer 1″ is for the daring woman, while “Answer 2″ is if you want to keep things classy.
  • Q: Why don’t you have kids?

Answer 1: I don’t know how to.

Answer 2: We’re not planning for any.

  • Q: Have you had a nose job?

Answer 1: I’ll give you my doctor’s number. He has great rates for face lifts.

Answer 2: No, but didn’t I get lucky with this one?

  • Q: When are you due?

Answer 1: I’m not. But thanks for assuming I’m having sex.

Answer 2: Not for a while.

  • Q: How much money do you make?

Answer 1: Why? Do you need a loan?

Answer 2: Is this going to decide who pays for dinner tonight?

Tell us all the rude questions you’ve been asked in the comments section below. How did you respond?

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  • Lilit Marcus

    My parents are hearing impaired, and people often ask me if I know Braille. Sometimes all I can do is shake my head and walk away.

    • Jennifer Wright

      But you do, right? I also think they should broadcast braille on TV stations. It wouldn’t be hard. Just little dots at the bottom of the screen. So blind people can know what’s happening.

  • CurlySarah29

    During my college years, a girl I went to high school with but wasn’t friends with, ran into me at a summer baseball game that our boyfriends played in. She said to me, “Wow, so you have your own apartment, drive a brand new car AND go to St. Norbert College (a private college in Wisconsin)? Tell me… how do you afford all of that?” I just looked at her and said, “I really don’t see how that’s any of your business,” and continued to stand there to see her reaction. She tried to come up with words, but couldn’t. Would you have felt better if I told you I sold drugs (not true) or that my wealthy grandfather paid for my college or that I was so deep in debt I’d never see financial freedom again? Yes, she would have… but I wouldn’t give her the pleasure; most of all though, it really was NONE of her business how I pay for things.

  • Jennifer Wright

    Actually, one I really hate is when people hear I edit a website (and write for some newspapers) and they stare at me and say “but what do you WANT to write?” I actually really like my job. I generally say “haikus about oil spills” but I’m trying to work my way up to replying “your obituary.”

    • eEv

      haha, love it

  • CAMILA

    IM FROM BRAZIL AND I LOVE YOUR BLOG, CONGRATS!
    I think that a good response to a rude question is always, a big smile a a big laugh and pretend that you never listened what the idiot may have said. :)

  • porkchop

    Questions that are MEANT to be rude are terrible, but questions that are just prying are kind of fun. You can either openly sneer at them (when else can you justify that?), or you can answer and then ask them a prying questions… or you can offer up smart remarks like the ones above. You can’t lose with prying questions!

  • Lainey

    “What do you blog about? You don’t DO anything!” (I’m a housewife).

    Yeah. One of my friends suggested this response: “I blog about the rude things people say to me.”

    I like these responses I’ve found: “How kind of you to take an interest, but I assure you that you needn’t worry” (to impertinent questions), “I beg your pardon?” (in a cold voice). I’m still looking for more comebacks, though.