Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday's Top Ten

Top ten ways to say no:

10. No means no.

  9. Moron.

  8. Thanks for the opportunity, but....

  7. I don't think so.

  6. Not on your life.

  5. N.O.

  4. When pigs fly.

  3. In a perfect world.

  2. In your dreams, sweetcakes.

And the #1 way to say no:

  1. You want me to what?

44 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Number nine is my favorite!

Clara Gillow Clark said...

I like #2. It's close to what we used to say back in high school, but instead of sweetcakes, we said, "Babycakes." I like sweetness better, and I LOVE your lists, Carol!

Colette said...

I sometimes say -- What part of no didn't you understand?

Linda G. said...

Love that list!

Here's #11: "Ha-ha-ha! Oh, wait...you were serious?"

Clarissa Draper said...

I need this list, I need to learn to say no more often.

Isis Rushdan said...

This is one of biggest problems. I agree to things I don't want to do, then my husband asks, why didn't you simply say "no"? Like it's that easy. I never know how. I just put #1 on a post-it note :)

Linda Kage said...

#1 is my fav!! LOL.

Let me think about it...no.

Talli Roland said...

I like 'moron'! :)

Julie said...

Ha ha, I love "moron," too, cracked me up. :D

Have a great weekend, Carol!

Ricardo MiƱana said...

Buenas reflexiones, grato placer leerte,
que tengas feliz fin de semana.
un abrazo.

Mason Canyon said...

#1 is definitely my favorite. Hope you have a great weekend.

Mason

Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

Maryann Miller said...

It took me forever to learn to say no when I needed to. The most often way I do that is to say, "I appreciate you asking, but I simply can not." Found that burns less bridges than if I say, "Hell no!" LOL

Lydia K said...

#4 if my favorite!

Laura Eno said...

Haha! I'm partial to #9 and #4.
Have a great weekend!

julie fedderson said...

I usually just give someone a blank, eye-bugged stare for a few uncomfortable minutes so that they will slink away before the crazy lady hurts them. Works every time.

Jan Morrison said...

I got a rejections once that said "sorry." It was awful and brilliant at the same time. And, I might add, very Canadian, although it wasn't.

Summer Ross said...

This made me chuckle. Thanks for a morning smile.

LR said...

When we were little, my brother used to say "Sorry Arabia!" (in a very taunting tone of course). :)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

These are excellent, Carol! My favourite is one I heard on a TV show "Oh, I wish I could, but I don't want to."

Carol Kilgore said...

Alex - :)
Clara - Thanks.
Colette - Me, too.
Linda G. - I love that one!
Claudia - Sometimes it's really hard.
Isis - I know that feeling, too.
Linda K. - Another good one!
Talli - Same here.
Julie - Seems a lot of us do.
Ricardo - Gracias.

VR Barkowski said...

Wish I'd have seen this BEFORE going to the car dealership. I'm almost certain a combination of 2, 4, and 9, would have worked.

Maybe not...

Carol Kilgore said...

Mason - Happy Weekend to you, too!
Maryann - You're so tactful :)
Lydia - Cool!
Laura - I'm not surprised :)
Julie F. - I'll have to try that one!
Jan - Sorry :)
Summer - Great. Smiles are good :)
LR - Of course.
Elspeth - I love that - I don't want to!

Carol Kilgore said...

VR - Oh! Me, too. I hate car shopping.

Arlee Bird said...

I usually just go for the tactfully polite, "No, thank you" and if that doesn't work then I start pulling barbs and jeers out my sack of wit. If humor doesn't get the point across then I go for bluntness and sometimes even anger.



Lee
Tossing It Out

L.G.Smith said...

Nine works for me too. Sometimes I'm able to pull it off with just a look. :)

E.R. King said...

I think my husband has heard me say all of these...LOL!

The Golden Eagle said...

LOL. #2 sounds like something my character would say. :P

Carol Kilgore said...

Arlee - Have you met Maryann? She's polite, too :)

L.G. - My dad could do the look.

E.R. - Mine, too!

Golden Eagle - I like your character :)

irishoma said...

Your Friday lists always put a smile on my face.
Donna

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm afraid to ask what the question is! Do you mind if I put this list on my refrigerator? Julie

Carol Kilgore said...

Donna - I'm glad! Keep smiling :)

Julie - Not at all. I'm honored!

BECKY said...

How about..
Sorry, Charlie.
No way, Jose'
Are you sick?
Are you crazy?
And here's one I love from Two & A Half Men..When pigs fly out of my a**!

Carol Kilgore said...

Becky - You're on a roll!

lbdiamond said...

hahaha! (that's my "no" response, LOL!)

Carol Kilgore said...

Laura - Good one!

Theresa Milstein said...

Ha! Love your list.

#9 is just cruel!

I have one to add:

It's not you, it's me.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Yup, number one is awesome. Absolutely my favorite.

Carol Kilgore said...

Theresa - Another tactful person. Good for you :)

Cynthia - Thanks!

Medeia Sharif said...

Great list. I need to say no more often.

I've said:
You're funny.
I'm not interested.
That's not in my job description.

Carol Kilgore said...

Medeia - Those are all good :)

Randy said...

HA! What a treasure trove!! I recently accepted a friend request on FB from the younger brother of an old high school acquaintance. Within a week, he was pitching prepaid legal to me--in response I went with the polite, "Thanks for thinking of me, but I'll pass"--much like your #8, right? Well, apparently that didn't work cuz today he invited me to a lunch presentation. Guess I'll have to get tough and go with #4...or perhaps #6...maybe BOTH! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Randy - #3 and #9 are a good combo. Also #1 and #9.

Janet, said...

Great list! I could also add Are you serious?

Carol Kilgore said...

Janet - Good one!