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. “Another ‘H’-filled tirade that wont ever permeate my ears because I’m too busy trying to keep it from permeating my nose.”
“So anywahhhhy,” continues your co-worker, “Hhhhank Hhhhenshhhhaaw from Hhhhuman Reshhhhourcess explained ouhhhhhr 401k plahhhhn is an outstahhhhnding invehhhhhstment optiohhhhhn…”
Somehow, we’d like to think our forced smile and wilting eyelashes might tell the offending party that there’s something less than stellar about the way they are coming across. Unfortunately, that’s simply wishful thinking. The thing is that no one knows they will have a problem. We seem to be immune to your own stench, and unlike Willy Nelson’s muse, it’s never on our minds.
So how do you tell someone that their breathe is making you are having issues differentiating their head from their derriere? Sure, if it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, you can try honesty. Still, even honesty has it’s own set of problems. Do you play it off like it is a one-time occurrence you just noticed and hope that mentioning it takes care of the situation for good? Can you sit them down and have a serious discussion which could ultimately embarrass them or make you appear to be the bad person? How will they react to either scenario? You’d wish to be told in the event that you had bad breath, wouldn’t you? Would https://kodomonioi.exblog.jp/ feel safe being told by this person that you have bad breath? You don’t 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 some things it is possible to avoid saying which are universal across all situations. I have taken the liberty of listing those hateful pounds below. Remember, honesty is the foremost 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 today here’s me with the elements: Thanks, me! Well it looks like there is a stank front moving due east from wherever your mouth happens to be. We’re looking at a 100% potential for Halitosis throughout the rest of your life. 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 have to stand here and listen to you is agonizingly painful. Hey, you ever note 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 can eat through metal? This is the lot like that because even though your saliva won’t eat through metal, I’m fairly certain your mouth-stench will and that 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. Better yet, why not just leave an anonymous note…and a breath mint.