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Why can't he answer the question I asked?...

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Aka Wed 07-May-14 15:19:06

I sometimes feel I am living in a parallel universe. Mr Aka bought some gadget off the Internet. I have to keep an eye on him as he gets a bit confused sometimes.
'How much did that cost?' I asked
'You could have got it for £30 down the road without having to wait a week and pay for delivery'.
'But it only cost £10.99 including delivery'


I give up!

FlicketyB Wed 07-May-14 15:38:24

DH doesn't have confusion as a justification for not answering question he is asked. He just never answers the question anybody asks, his answer is always to the question he thought they probably wanted to ask.

In our household the conversation would have gone
'How much did that cost?'
'I have put it on my mastercard'. (personal expenditure)
'Yes, but how much did it cost?'
'It was cheaper than driving to Oxford to get it'
'Yes, but how much did it cost?'
'DD has got one and recommended it'
at which point I give up.

He doesn't just do it to me, we have been away with DD for 10 days. She gets really exasperated and teases him unmercifully about it to no noticeable effect.

His other little trick is never answering yes or no, always 'probably'.

'Did you have a sandwich for lunch?' 'probably'. Have you a rehearsal tonight? 'probably'

Aka, you have touched a tender spot!!

Nelliemoser Wed 07-May-14 16:38:12

Oh yes that is familiar. Obfuscation is the name of the game.

Grannyknot Wed 07-May-14 21:38:17

I have a few cryptic responses of my own.

Husband to me: "So-and-so at work complimented me on my new blazer/haircut/whatever today". Me: "I hope she still likes you when you have no money..." grin

(He is actually quite wary of women being the only son in a family of 6, but he likes to think he still has "pulling power").

Nonu Wed 07-May-14 21:46:01

If himself is dallying about I usually say,
"that requires a yes or a no answer !

I love that man !


FlicketyB Thu 08-May-14 08:42:21

Yes, Nonu, but do you get one? I have tried that and in my case it doesn't work. I still end up with 'probably', even when there is no rational answer other than 'yes' or 'no'.

Nonu Thu 08-May-14 10:05:31

FLICK I damn well make sure I DO.

wink grin

FlicketyB Thu 08-May-14 10:43:41

Nonu, How?

Nonu Thu 08-May-14 11:39:00

Hit him on the " bonce "with my yellow feather duster !

Works every time !


Aka Thu 08-May-14 12:11:35

You're too soft Nonu

FEATHER DUSTER? He might enjoy that grin


Nonu Thu 08-May-14 12:19:37

AKA, you could well be right, he might, specially if I put my French maid"s outfit on with the patent leather stilettos.

You are a saucy one !

Listen to me Flick not "ER.


Riverwalk Thu 08-May-14 12:23:41

Nonu shock

So that's your secret to a long happy marriage! wink

Nonu Thu 08-May-14 12:54:03

River, oh gosh, let the cat out the bag now , I am blush ing big time now !!!

Aka Thu 08-May-14 13:07:42

And fishnet tights.....or is that another thread?

Nonu Thu 08-May-14 13:54:32

Yes,that is another thread, I much prefer BARE legs, all silky and soft !


Aka Thu 08-May-14 14:23:43

As opposed to BEAR legs all soft and fluffy?

Aka Thu 08-May-14 14:24:18

Fluffy legs not a good look with fishnets!

Aka Thu 08-May-14 14:24:46

The hairs tend to stick through shock

Nonu Thu 08-May-14 14:47:57

You really are a minx with your last three posts !!

I C S L!!!!!

I will be going now as I am meeting a friend for coffee , will tell her & she will laugh her soxs off!


Bunch Thu 08-May-14 16:49:40

I have a husband who simply answers 'no' to absolutely every question anyone asks so I don't expect anything different. I reckon he is actually a robot and is programmed in some way or another and just can't help himself. The kids think it's hilarious, they will say things like 'think I might ask Dad if he'll come over and help put up some shelves, he will say no of course but I know he'll do it anyway'.

At least he answers the question I suppose!

jeanie99 Thu 08-May-14 18:30:06

My husband is hard of hearing so you can imagine our conversations, he almost always get conversation wrong and our daughter shouts out "GET YOUR HEARING AIDS IN" to which he replies "what did you say".

He usually says he only needs them for the TV.

ginny Sat 10-May-14 17:17:40

So frustrating when you ask a question that need a yes or no answer and you get " hold on, I'm just doing this" or "can't answer now , I'm busy".

Surely it is quicker to say yes or no !

Nonu Sat 10-May-14 17:43:08

Try the yellow feather duster trick!


maxgran Wed 14-May-14 14:10:30

My partner always gives a long answer when a yes or no would do. He DOES answer the question - just takes 10 times longer than necessary.
My son on the other hand never answers the question, especially on a text:

Me: What time do you want me round to babysit?
Son: We have to be at the event at 8 pm.
Me: So what time do you want me to be at your house?
Son: Before the kids go to bed.


rosesarered Sat 17-May-14 18:12:23

Can't contribute properly to this thread as my DH answers everything very directly.It's ME that goes all round the houses sometimes when answering.