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FRESH OFF THE PLANE: No silly questions, only silly answers

I have this habit of saying, “I have a silly question,” before I  actually ask whatever it is that I want to ask. This most often generates the standard response: “There are no silly questions, only silly answers.”

But one of the first times I said this in Canada, I was taken aback when a salesperson said, with a straight face, “Sorry, no silly questions allowed here.”

Flummoxed, I launched into a long-winded explanation, when he grinned widely and added, “Just kidding!”

But by then I was so flustered, I didn’t register the second part of the statement and continued with why I say what I say and what I actually mean and that perhaps it wasn’t really such a silly question after all – that I really needed to know if size 14 XL meant XL was the size for 14-year-olds or if this was for extra large 14-year-olds as my niece wasn’t that big...

He stopped me with a “Whoa! Lady! Relax! I was kidding!”

He’d begun to look a little nervous, as one might around an unstable person, unsure of my next reaction.

“I’m sorry, please go ahead and ask, there are no silly questions, only silly answers!”                             

                                                                                                                                  – Minal Shah

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Posted: Jul 29, 2014

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