3 conversational hacks for 3 awkward situations

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
loading...
Loading, please wait...

This type of comedy relies on the characters making already tricky situations so much worse. For effect, of course. And while this might work in film, it really sucks in real life. I swear, sometimes it’s like there’s an alien force in control of my body. I can hear myself saying things even as my mind is shouting at me to keep quiet. Which is why I’ve come up with 3 things to say in 3 different awkward situations that will hopefully diffuse them:

1)    You arrive at an event or party and someone else is wearing the exact same outfit as you.

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Voting Booth
Do you think it's important to get married in this day and age?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, it's important in order to create a family unit and for companionship
23% - 938 votes
Not at all. Being single is far more liberating
9% - 376 votes
There is no general answer to this, it's each to their own
49% - 2055 votes
Yes, society still frowns on unmarried people, especially women
1% - 58 votes
It depends on whether you are able to find a compatible partner
18% - 732 votes
Vote