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Susan Adcox

Avoid Foot-in-Mouth Disease

By February 26, 2013

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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:

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.

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February 27, 2013 at 11:30 am
(1) Grandma Kc says:

While I have never said this I know others who have. “So when are you due?” and the person they’ve asked isn’t pregnant. This is a question I would never ask unless I was 100% sure I knew they were.

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