This will be an exercise in futility, since the moment is long past, but let’s have fun with it anyway. We’ve all been at a loss for words, and some of us fret over those times, devising a pithy comeback long after the fact, or wondering if there is a “best” thing to say for the situation. I can think of two events in my life, and I’ll relate the most recent. Feel free to give me that snappy retort, even tho I can’t use it. And feel free to share your personal brain-fart moments.
I work for an organization of about 4000 people. Secretaries tend to transfer from one division to another over the course of their years here, until they quit or retire. Our last secretary, J, took an opening that gave her better parking and a bit more job security (rumors were running that our division’s secretaries would be contractors soon) and it took a while for her replacement to arrive. When the new secretary, L, started, J came back for a day of indoctrination and introductions.
They came to my cubicle, and J did the introductions. L said to me, “I’ve heard about you.” That was it. No elaboration.
I think my response was, “Oh?” Yeah, I’m quite the conversationalist, all right.
Lines I considered too late:
[ul]Who’s been talking?
Lies, they’re all lies!
Thanks. I know nothing about you.
So’s your mom!![/ul]
I know, it’s a sad list. And I’m still not sure how I could have responded to that better. So, here’s you chance - tell me what I should have said. I can’t very well go to L and use your suggestions, but I’ll be ready if it ever happens again.