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To think the answer to are you dressed is yes or no....

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ApocalypseNowt Tue 09-Feb-16 12:53:20

...and not "I'm washing my face"

My DH does this all the time and it drives me to distraction.

Example the other day, we were all meant to be leaving the house together (me, dh and dd2) to pick up DD1 from her dance class. 5 mins before we had to set off dh was still in the bathroom, I asked if he was dressed. Answer "I'm washing my face". Argh. Surely it's yes or no? I'm asking a specific question to get specific information.

Another one "Have you seen my phone?" Answer "I'm just packing my bag".

angry angry angry

BaronessBomburst Tue 09-Feb-16 12:55:09

That means "no, but I'm not admitting to it".

PovertyPain Tue 09-Feb-16 12:57:34

I get the "kinda", when I ask if the oldest is up. That means he's lying in bed with a foot touching the floor. Smart arse.

ApocalypseNowt Tue 09-Feb-16 13:01:19

That means "no, but I'm not admitting to it".

^ This! Yes, it's this exactly!

But does he think i won't find out or something? I needed to know if he was dressed, if he was we'd all set off together (as per the plan). If not I need to set off now so poor DD1 isn't waiting, doing her best sad face that all the other parents are there and not me.

ApocalypseNowt Tue 09-Feb-16 13:02:29

And he must know it winds me up but he. still. does. it.


ethelb Tue 09-Feb-16 13:04:14

My DH does it but its an indecisive/decision avoidance thing.

For example, I asked him the other day if he could see a rash on my back, if ever there were a question with a yes/no answer. What did he say? Not really!

(After some probing it transpired he could see a rash btw)

Similarly on Sat morning I asked him if he wanted kippers for breakfast. He then proceeded to assail me with such a massive barrage of questions I think he confused even himself. We did not have kippers.

bigbluebus Tue 09-Feb-16 13:06:23

Does he still think he's a teenager grin
My teenage DS, when asked if he's dressed yet always replies "almost". Which translated means he hasn't got his sorry ar*e out of bed yet and he's still playing on his tablet/phone/laptop and has given only a cursory thought to actually heading for the shower and putting clothes on hmm

ApocalypseNowt Tue 09-Feb-16 13:07:18

Yes. Indecisive here too.

Me: "Do you want to watch Spooks?"

DH: "Mnye"

Me: "That is just a noise. Use your words! It's fine to say no!"

ApocalypseNowt Tue 09-Feb-16 13:09:28

Possibly bigbluebus, very possibly. I am not interested in being his mum though. How do I make him stop it? Howwwwwww?

Oysterbabe Tue 09-Feb-16 13:12:27

There was a thread a little while ago about faffers, it's linked to that. Does my head in.

ApocalypseNowt Tue 09-Feb-16 13:14:54

Yep. I was reading that thread Oyster nodding along. May have even posted on it. He is a faffer. He's really good at looking busy but actually achieving fuck all.

RudeElf Tue 09-Feb-16 13:18:54

Ohhh my DS(10) does this!

Me "Are you dressed"

Him "the cats in my room" / "i was just checking what time it is" / "do you know what [mate at school] told me the other day about minecraft?"


RudeElf Tue 09-Feb-16 13:20:36

He also couldnt locate his nose on his bloody face with a mirror without me coming and pointing it out to him.

ApocalypseNowt Tue 09-Feb-16 13:21:52

RudeElf DH does that! The "I'm just x, y, x".


But your DS is 10. DH is somewhat older.

AdmiralData Tue 09-Feb-16 13:22:53

Rudeelf sorry to sidetrack you but did your son tell you anything good about Minecraft? grin

dudsville Tue 09-Feb-16 13:25:27

If you asked me that I would presume, I'm guessing wrongly, that you were really asking if I was ready to go. If you knew me well, and i said I was was washing me face, i'd presume you would factor me being only moments from ready! I no longer all my oh if he's ready, I ask if he's in the loo because I know that's his final step!

UnderTheGreenwoodTree Tue 09-Feb-16 13:30:18

On coming downstairs the other morning, I asked DS(14) if he'd fed the cats yet.

An unsure "I think so" was the reply. It's like, not a trick question - he wasn't in trouble if he hadn't - I just needed to know whether they'd been fed or not.

They'd not been grin

TannhauserGate Tue 09-Feb-16 13:31:23

Oh dear, I think Im slightly guilty of this. I answer questions with a question a lot of the time. Even my children are fed up of it.
I think it comes from a place of fear and anxiety about being put on the spot or something (probably by abusive parents).

On a happier note, I do love your MN name. It makes me chortle every time I read it.

RudeElf Tue 09-Feb-16 13:32:32

Rudeelf sorry to sidetrack you but did your son tell you anything good about Minecraft?

He may have muttered it after i screamed at him to get fucking dressed. I am not in listening mode at 8.00am grin

FlossieTurner Tue 09-Feb-16 13:33:23

Before I ask any question of my OH i have say

I am going to ask you a question which requires the answer yes, no or I don't know.

Otherwise I would have murdered him long ago

Q. Do you want chicken for tea?
A.What do you think?

And Heaven help me if I give him choices

Q. We are going to X shall we go on the tube or bus and overhead?
A. Well if we go on the tube on and on and on.

I know all that, you are the one that moans about travelling to place X. Which is why I am asking you.

Every bloody time

mrsmortis Tue 09-Feb-16 13:35:29

That depends on if you are really asking 'Are you dressed?' or if you really mean 'Are you ready?'. If it's the latter, then his answer is perfectly reasonable.

PotentialFootnerHorror Tue 09-Feb-16 13:36:59

<also interested in any cool minecraft info>

DS does this. He's like someone's Mum when you ring and they tell you 82 things about people you've never met.
Where are your shoes?
You know, Karen's daughter, lived with that guy who gambled all the ducks away, well they have cows now, cows, very noisy, by the way I left my shoes in PE.

PotentialFootnerHorror Tue 09-Feb-16 13:37:54

or if you really mean 'Are you ready?'. If it's the latter, then his answer is perfectly reasonable.

You're one of them aren't you?

MargotLovedTom Tue 09-Feb-16 13:38:32

Oh my DH is the master of not answering the question he's bee asked and it drives me potty. For example, he'd did some work for a property developer (has worked on a few of his houses). We were in the process of doing our kitchen up at the time, so out of passing interest I asked what the kitchen in this other house was like. In return, I get "hmm It's the same kitchen he puts in all his houses."

How the bollocking hell am I supposed to know what that means - I've never been in any of the other houses!!! He does this so much and it drives me mad.

wheelofapps Tue 09-Feb-16 13:39:00

RudeElf I see your Minecraft/random Qu and raise you:

Me: 'ds, are you up yet?'

Ds: 'how many steps are there on the Scott Monument? we were talking about it at school yesterday'

Me: 'we'll check later. Now, ds, are you up yet?'

Ds: 'do you think Reindeer dream about clouds?'

Me: 'ds stop talking piffle - get up NOW!'

Ds: 'yes, coming, but are fish allergic to anything?'

Me: (bangs head on wall, and books place at Boarding School...)

Sorry, OP, as you were.

Sounds like your H is just giving a vague non answer to buy extra time to me.

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