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Old 03-03-2008, 06:31 PM   #21
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It is used often here on WI.

What I think is important is...to fall back on that old saying thats lasted through the ages...if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. Then you're pretty much guaranteed NOT to offend anyone.

Point in case...on a house thread:
"No offense, but your rooms aren't that great."

Thats offensive. If ya don't like the rooms...move to another thread.

Or the opposite...on a thread asking about your preference of Webkinz:

"I really prefer the stringy plushies." No need to type, "No offense, but I prefer the stringy plushies." I'm not saying anything bad about the non-stringy ones...just simple saying I prefer the stringy ones (which I actually don't but I wanted to use it as an example...lol.).

Just keep telling yourselves, if you don't have anything nice to say...
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:33 PM   #22
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Bad thing because really "no offense" makes things worse.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:36 PM   #23
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View Post Originally Posted by fairlyoddmom
It is used often here on WI.

What I think is important is...to fall back on that old saying thats lasted through the ages...if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. Then you're pretty much guaranteed NOT to offend anyone.

Point in case...on a house thread:
"No offense, but your rooms aren't that great."

Thats offensive. If ya don't like the rooms...move to another thread.

Or the opposite...on a thread asking about your preference of Webkinz:

"I really prefer the stringy plushies." No need to type, "No offense, but I prefer the stringy plushies." I'm not saying anything bad about the non-stringy ones...just simple saying I prefer the stringy ones (which I actually don't but I wanted to use it as an example...lol.).

Just keep telling yourselves, if you don't have anything nice to say...
That is very true!
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:45 PM   #24
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Default Re: "No offense" discussion

I know i see your point!! lots of people say it and it doesn't always coverr... but when im joking with my friends and we say little teases then no offense. we know that each other is joking, but not everyone does.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:48 PM   #25
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I hate that "no offense" word.
No offence this,no offence that,BE QUIET WITH IT ALREADY.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:40 PM   #26
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Hi,
I believe that the use of "no offense" has it's place at times. I agree with the analogies that you gave. There is never a justification for a personal attack. However, if you are disagreeing with someone else's opinion, and want to make sure that the person understands that you are only disagreeing with their opinion and not saying that their opinion is not valid, then it is appropriate to use the phrase.
Thankfully, for the most part, no matter how heated the discussions get, I have never seen anyone being directly attacked as a person. I hope that I never do. But I don't think that there is or will ever be much of that. The great majority of people here are too decent to do that.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:06 PM   #27
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I agree with plainlyme. Sometimes it is ok to use that. Just don't make it sound like your right and they are wrong, yada yada yada. It is ok at SOME times to use that. Sometimes, yes, it can make it worse. But mostly that happens when a person creates a 'I am right ha ha' tone. Sometimes, it can be in a situation like this-

'No offense, but that was a rude comment you made. I just want to bring that to your attention.' That isn't rude, but some people are to stubborn and do not like to be corrected. Then, it goes bad.

'Well, keep to your own business!' is usually the comeback. See, 'No offense' has it's place.


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Old 03-03-2008, 09:10 PM   #28
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Very good points!
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:14 PM   #29
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People tend to use the phrase to justify the offensive thing they are about to tell you......

No offense but.... all three words negate and nullify a person's 'good intentions' to strict mean to insult or belittle.

Bad thing.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:48 PM   #30
 
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I had to use those three words on a thread I got involved in before it turned into a 'war', because the person who started it seemed to be someone who would take something that was even the slightest bit rude the wrong way, and I didn't want to hurt her feelings. So I used that to sort of keep from sounding like she could be offended all she wanted, and that I wouldn't care, but I wanted her not to get too upset when I pointed out her mistake. So, I used those words the best I could. (Also tried to very unoffensive in my post.)
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