http://www.igaikousyuu.wg.vu/blog/ ‘ve all been there. You round the corner to your cubical ready to start the day’s work while 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 won’t 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 can be an outstahhhhnding invehhhhhstment optiohhhhhn…”
Somehow, we’d like to believe that our forced smile and wilting eyelashes might tell the offending party that there’s something less than stellar concerning the way they are sounding. Unfortunately, that’s simply wishful thinking. The thing is that no one knows they have a problem. We appear 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 test honesty. Still, even honesty has it’s own group 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 once and for all? Do you sit them down and also have a serious discussion that could ultimately embarrass them or cause you to 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? Can you 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?
They are all important questions whose answers will vary with each unique situation. Still, there are some things it is possible to avoid saying that are universal across all situations. I’ve taken the liberty of listing a few of them below. Remember, honesty is best policy, but brutal honesty is frequently unnecessary.
# 1 Gee, is that your breath or did I blow my nose right after wiping my ass?
# 2 And now here’s me with the elements: Thanks, me! Well it appears like there is a stank front moving due east from wherever your mouth 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 note that “Alien” movie where the alien is breathing in Sigourney Weaver’s face and she just cringes as the thing is so scary and because it’s saliva can be an acid that can 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 and that is scaring the crap outta me, my friend. Again, I don’t mean to be rude…
This is why, dear reader, one must choose carefully when approaching a topic 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.