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Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation

    Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation

    What Not to Say About Someone's Appearance

    Don't say: "You look tired."
    Why: It implies she doesn't look good.
    Instead say: "Is everything OK?" We often blurt the "tired" comment when we get the sense that the other person feels out of sorts. So just ask.

    Don't say: "Wow, you've lost a ton of weight!"
    Why: To a newly trim person, it might give the impression that she used to look unattractive.
    Instead say: "You look fantastic." And leave it at that. If you're curious about how she got so svelte, add, "What's your secret?"

    Don't say: "You look good for your age."
    Why: Anything with a caveat like this is rude. It's saying, "You look great compared with other old people. It's amazing you have all your own teeth."
    Instead say: "You look great."

    Don't say: "I could never wear that."
    Why: It can be misunderstood as a criticism. ("I could never wear that because it's so ugly.")
    Instead say: "You look so good in skinny jeans." If you slip, say something like "I could never wear that…because I wasn't blessed with your long legs."

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