We’ve all been there. You across the corner to your cubical ready to start the day’s work when you are suddenly accosted by the familiar stench of a co-worker’s bad breath.
“Here we go again…”, you imagine. ” ブレスマイルウォッシュ ‘H’-filled tirade that won’t ever permeate my ears because I’m too busy trying to keep it from permeating my nose.”
Somehow, we’d like to think that our forced smile and wilting eyelashes might tell the offending party that there surely is something less than stellar concerning the way they are coming across. Unfortunately, that’s simply wishful thinking. The problem is that no one knows they will have a problem. We appear to be immune to our own stench, and unlike Willy Nelson’s muse, it’s never on our minds.
So how can you tell someone that their breathe is causing you to are having issues differentiating their head from their derriere? Sure, whether it’s someone you know and so are comfortable with, you can test honesty. Still, even honesty has it’s own set of problems. Do you play it off like it’s a one-time occurrence you just noticed and hope that mentioning it requires care of the situation for good? Can you sit them down and also have a serious discussion which could ultimately embarrass them or make you appear to be the bad person? How will they respond to either scenario? You’d desire to be told if you had bad breath, wouldn’t you? Would you feel safe being told by this person who you have bad breath? Do you really know them sufficiently to be discussing this situation with them?
These are all important questions whose answers will change with each unique situation. Still, there are several things it is possible to avoid saying which are universal across all situations. I have taken the liberty of listing a few of them below. Remember, honesty is a good policy, but brutal honesty is often unnecessary.
# 1 Gee, is that your breath or did I blow my nose immediately after wiping my ass?
# 2 And now here’s me with the weather: Thanks, me! Well it appears like there is a stank front moving due east from wherever the mouth area happens to be. We’re looking at a 100% chance of Halitosis throughout the rest you will ever have. Sports is next accompanied by todayï¿½s lottery numbers. KEEP TUNED IN!
# 3 I don’t mean to be rude but your horrible breath is melting my face. To possess to stand here and pay attention to you is agonizingly painful. Hey, you ever see that “Alien” movie where the alien is breathing in Sigourney Weaver’s face and she just cringes as the thing is indeed scary and because it’s saliva can be an acid that may eat through metal? This is usually a lot like that because even though your saliva won’t eat through metal, I’m fairly certain your mouth-stench will which is scaring the crap outta me, my pal. Again, I don’t mean to be rude…
This is why, dear reader, one must choose carefully when approaching a subject this sensitive. Perhaps honesty isn’t always the best policy. Even better, you will want to just leave an anonymous note…and a breath mint.