Have you ever gotten up the courage to tell someone about a health concern, only to be met with one of these responses?
- It could be worse. You could have cancer.
- Really? Let me tell you about my aunt.
- Wouldn't you feel better if you exercised more?
Many of the Health Guides on About.com have advice about what not to say to people with specific health concerns. It's worth taking a look at, since most of us occasionally have a touch of foot-in-mouth disease.
I have my own what-not-to-say lists:
- What not to say to the parents of infants and toddlers
- What not to say to a school-age grandchild
- What not to say to a teenage grandchild
I take exception, however, to the list compiled by the Guide to Longevity, Sharon Basaraba. She has a list of things that older people shouldn't say. It includes, "Just wait till you're my age ..." and "In my day ..." She just wiped out a good third of my conversational gambits.
Do you have a suggestion for something not to say in a particular situation? Leave a comment below.