9 Comebacks for Dealing with Rude People1. Thank you.
A simple “thank you” speaks volumes when you encounter rudeness.
2. I appreciate your perspective.
Not only does is this an intelligent approach, it will show the person that you only wish to communicate in an adult manner, and not stoop to their level.
3. This conversation is now over.
If you find yourself too angry to respond to someone in a civil way, simply end the conversation. You don’t want to cause permanent damage to a relationship by losing your cool, but you also don’t want to disrespect yourself by pretending like the person’s comments or questions are acceptable.
4. Why do you feel that was necessary, and do you really expect me to answer?
Especially in group settings, this will likely put the other person in check very quickly. Instead of getting the expected irate response out of you, they will meet a calm, cool and collected you, ready to talk things over sensibly and decently. Also, it will give them a chance to redeem themselves, and apologize to you in front of your friends, family or co-workers.
5. That almost hurt my feelings.
While a little on the sarcastic side, it tells the other person that you choose not to absorb their negativity. It also deals with rude people in a mature way, and will probably discourage the other person from making any other remarks once they realize you aren’t affected by them.
6. You’re right.
While most people have a hard time saying these two words, it will benefit you to make the other person believe they were in the right in what they said, and will likely cause the conversation to be cut short.
7. You always have something negative to say, don’t you?
This takes the attention off of you and back onto them, making them think twice about their choice of conversation topics.
8. I love myself, and I love you, too.
This may only apply in certain situations with friends, family, and your spouse.
This reaction will definitely catch the offender off-guard and make a rude person feel embarrassed for even making the comment in the first place.
Bottom line: You choose how to react in any given situation, so choose happiness!
9 Comebacks for Dealing with Rude People
Express yourself while still being positive and polite