“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?

One reply 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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