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Miss Manners Suggests Warning Words. [Mar. 24th, 2006|09:54 pm]
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"I beg your pardon."

This is the best all-purpose warning that the other person has transgressed. Different degrees of anger can be expressed by it.

"I beg your pardon?"

Asked with raised eyebrows means "You'd better explain that you did not mean what you actually said."

A loud "I beg your pardon!" means "Retreat this instant!"

Or so says Miss Manners... I can't believe I bought this book. LOL
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[User Picture]From: ladyofshadow
2006-03-24 08:21 pm (UTC)
*chuckles* I said "beg pardon?" today...and I'm fascinated by the different ways that it can be said (must be that English major side of me, lol).
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-24 08:49 pm (UTC)
I daresay it is.;)
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From: saiwa
2006-03-24 08:23 pm (UTC)
Excuse me?
Just an idea.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-24 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was in the book too. :)
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From: googleismygod
2006-03-24 08:50 pm (UTC)
I use that a lot with the eyebrow raised thing. Oh so effective.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-24 08:59 pm (UTC)
I do too, I speak more with my eyebrows I feel then with my mouth sometimes. :)

People know they're in trouble when I bring out the eyebrow..

in trouble,or in luck, depending on the situation. ;)
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[User Picture]From: jewddha
2006-03-24 08:59 pm (UTC)
I totally agree! What book is this? (Methinks it might be a good companion to my copy of 'The Gentleman's Guide')
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-24 09:02 pm (UTC)
OOoh!

This book I got at a thrift store for cheapand thought it might have some Random info in it, and it's called "Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-Of-The-Millenium. (Explicit, Practical, and Entertainingadviceon social, business and personal etiquette) written by Judith Martin. :)

It's sitting beside me, can you tell?
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[User Picture]From: unseenbydoubt
2006-03-24 09:52 pm (UTC)
these words are best said in an old southern accent:
"ah beg yower paaarden"
accompanied by that oh so sweet smile of yours, a slight tilt of the head, and one decided blink revealing piercing (yet ladylike)eyes that spell out "you do not want to cross me"

warning: this only works in the south where it reminds men of their pistol handling grandmothers, and women of the horror stories their mamas told them about pistol handling grandmothers.

tip: this always works better if you are wearing a string a very real pearls and a dainty skirt.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-24 10:01 pm (UTC)
lol! You're so cute!!!
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[User Picture]From: toothlesshag
2006-03-24 10:20 pm (UTC)
Great book. I have one, and everyone should.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-25 05:47 am (UTC)
:) I imagine I'll write more from her book in the future.
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[User Picture]From: afropunk629
2006-03-24 11:46 pm (UTC)
I wish there was a "I beg your pardon" that implied sex... that would be a good one...


Sorry... this ^ is me really lonely :-(
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-25 05:49 am (UTC)
Awww. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2006-03-25 03:01 am (UTC)
i use "whachu say??" :p
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-25 05:50 am (UTC)
lol.:) Cute.
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From: lostways
2006-03-25 03:21 am (UTC)
miss manner? ..................... why?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-25 05:51 am (UTC)
why not? :)
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2006-03-25 05:49 am (UTC)

Uhhhh...lol.

I don't say that. I usually say "What?" or "Huh?" lol.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-25 05:52 am (UTC)

Re: Uhhhh...lol.

:)
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[User Picture]From: devereux1880
2006-03-25 07:40 am (UTC)
I actually read

""I beg your pardon."

This is the best all-purpose warning for when the other person is transgendered. "
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-25 09:46 am (UTC)
Ooooh. lol
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-25 09:46 am (UTC)
Funny. :) I remember there being one for the F--- word as well somewhere... Might have to track it down.
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[User Picture]From: esme
2006-03-25 06:42 pm (UTC)
I use 'beg pardon?' a lot, especially when someone is being a real doofus. Much like you, when my eyebrow goes up, the fun is over! ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-26 01:31 am (UTC)
hehe. Yay eyebrow hate!
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