By Ashley Singleton
Have you ever been part of a conversation that you simply don’t want to be a part of anymore? Don’t lie, we’ve all been there. You pretend you care, but all you're really thinking about is how to get out of the situation without being completely rude. Or, maybe you want to be rude and end the conversation permanently—that’s okay too! Whether you’re texting, talking on the phone or conversing in person, these seven phrases are a fail-safe way to end the babbling immediately.
K: Ideally used when texting, this one simple letter is packed with power. It’s the most simple and effective way to end a conversation and let the recipient know you’re done with them. After all, what is someone supposed to say back to “k”?
Whatever you say: This is a good phrase to pull out when you haven’t been listening but still want to save face and pretend you’ve been engaged. Make the person feel like they’ve won and you’re hooked, when really you have absolutely no idea what they are talking about!
Let’s do lunch: These three words are applicable when you’re looking to subtly shut down a brown-nosing employee or an overly zealous dating prospect. It gives them hope about a future meet up while giving you the perfect way out. Every time they ask about scheduling this potential lunch, you simply say you’re "busy prepping for the upcoming quarter" and to "touch base next month."
So, this has been fun: If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to blatantly hurt someone’s feelings, this is a phrase to keep in your back pocket. Whether you’re texting or at dinner, you can wrap up the conversation by paying a compliment and achieving your goal of no longer speaking with said person. You’re not committed to future engagements, but you haven’t ruined the relationship completely.
I don’t care: When you’ve heard about your best friend’s promotion or new significant other for the hundredth time and cannot handle hearing about it for one more second, this is the ideal phrase. It’s quick and cuts deep. In most cases, we simply don’t care and the world could use a little more honesty.
Your profile picture doesn’t match what is coming out of your mouth: Perhaps the photo you swiped right on was of a seemingly cute, funny and intelligent person. Now, you’re stuck on a date and all they can talk about is their love of knitting outfits for their hairless cat. All the while you’re counting down the seconds until you can excuse yourself and leave. Instead of sitting and suffering, interrupt the conversation and use this little line. Then, while they are trying to process what you just said get up and leave. You feel empowered and it gives them a chance to re-assess their misleading profile and life.
I could tell you were weak from the way you shook my head: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, in the corporate world, a handshake is worth much, much more. Everyone hates a limp handshake and if you’ve never experienced a weak handshake, it’s likely because you give one. Everyone has the chance to shake firmly, and if you don’t, then you deserve the honest-to-god truth.