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Notorious Etiquette: Things To Say To Let Someone Down Easy

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Being courted: who doesn’t like it? Well, to be fair, we all like it a lot…from a distance. When a guy (or a girl) becomes a little too insistent, it can as well ruin the mood of the evening in no time. But how to tell the person there is no chance you are going to go out with them, not even in a million years, without breaking their heart? It’s not easy. This is why we are here. Here are the things to say to let someone down easy, and effectively.

The old, unfair “I have a boyfriend/girlfriend”

I don’t dig this one. Why should a guy feel like he can harass the hell out of you until he finds out you are someone else’s? However, if the situation is becoming too tense, that might be the ace in the hole. If you must.

The slightly fairer “I have a boyfriend/girlfriend, in prison”

Still unfair, but at least it’s fun to watch their expression change on their faces.

“Sorry, I just date people who look like my brother/sister”

Pretty restrictive, and a way to freak them out.

“I would love to go out with you, but I am flying back home to Alaska tomorrow morning”

In case the subject insists, the flight can be easily be moved to “in one hour”.

“What? You don’t remember me?? We used to date 2 years ago!”

Then run away crying.

“Sorry, I am not interested”

At the end of the day, you don’t really need any excuses. You are simply not interested. That might hurt your suitor a little more, but so life goes.

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