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Can I Ask You a Question?

Can I ask you a question? is the worst way to ask somebody if you can ask them a question. For starters, you’re already asking a question by asking if you can ask a question, thereby defeating the whole point of asking if you can ask a question. What if they don’t want you to ask a question and you already asked them? You should really be asking if you can ask two questions, and if they give approval, then you can ask your follow-up question, which is your actual question. With me so far? Any questions? No? Good. My point is this: don’t ask if you can ask a question. Just ask your question or ask if you ask two questions, and then ask your question. It’s not that hard.

Critically Rated at 4/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Shrugging

Shrugging is when you raise one or both of your shoulders. It usually happens as a nonverbal response to a question that you don’t particularly care about. Sometime people don’t realize that they are shrugging inappropriately. Those people are squares. They are socially awkward and socially inept, but they either don’t realize it or they don’t care. They would probably shrug their shoulders if you ask them if they feel accepted by society. That’s the correct usage of shrugging your shoulders. Take note.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Can I Ask You a Question?

One of the worst phrases in the English language is: “Can I ask you a question?” You are asking for permission to ask them something when you might not have permission to ask them something. What if they don’t want you to ask them anything? It’s more accurate to say: “Can I ask you something other than this current question?” It’s a little longer and more awkward but at least now you’re not assuming it’s ok to ask them questions other than the current one.

I need a hobby.

Critically Rated at 6/17

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