“If you don’t mind my asking…”

Why is it that always when a question is preceded by “If you don’t mind my asking…”, it’s, well, something that I would usually mind someone asking. And people know that, because they’re including the disclaimer.

How do you get out of that one without sounding snarky?

1 thought on ““If you don’t mind my asking…””

  1. I answer with a raised eyebrow and “why do you ask?” Unless they are totally uncouth, they should at least have the grace to be somewhat ashamed. 🙂 One never knows…

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