How To (Always) Win An Argument

If anything is going to destroy the cool, calm exterior of a Refined Mama (or one in the making), it’s losing an argument. So how do you make sure you win?  Three rules: always get the last word, never raise your voice, and take the wind out of the other person’s sails.

Sound complicated?  Well, it turns out it’s easy.  Hubby gave me the ultimate practical demonstration yesterday….

Scene: Hubby is tidying in preparation for visitors.  Unrefined Mama is sitting at the dressing table, doing her make up.  Hubby enters bedroom and references an earlier complaint by UM about him nicking all the pens in the house….

Hubby: You never get to complain about the lack of pens again.

Unrefined Mama: Why’s that?

H: I just cleared all that stuff off the dining table.  There were at least seven pens, all of them yours.

UM: And would you like to know why they were there, hmm?

H: No.  Because then I would be wrong.

Hubby turns on heel and exits bedroom.  UM is left open-mouthed at the dressing table, eye-liner poised, speechless at the genius of the line.

See?  Last word, cool and calm, and leaving me with no comeback because he actually admitted he was wrong.

I’m having this tattooed on my arm, so that I am never, ever left with no closing line again.  Take it my loves, take it and use it.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by MrsLarsen on Monday, 22nd March, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    HAHA PMSL ROFL….etc. Brilliant!! Only possible flaw – It took a while for the “genius of the line” to dawn on me. I had to re-read it. Very subtle. It would be easy to assume that he was admitting fault… so if I used it Id worry it had been misunderstood, go back to clarify that I was NOT wrong, and then need another closing line 🙂 hahaha

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  2. Posted by Natalie Holt on Friday, 2nd April, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I don’t want to admit I’m wrong, even to win an argument. I would never hear the end of it.

    P.S. I am now initiated to the Unrefined Mama blogs (late I know, but now devoted forever.) That’s some sparkling copy UM! xxxx

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