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"We'll have to agree to disagree then"

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Nottalotta Tue 16-Aug-16 21:39:19, you're wrong.

Iabu by getting so annoyed about this, particularly as it was on a fb group. (I know......) but the subject in question wasn't a matter of opinion, (as suggested) but a simple fact.

Its a bit of a cop out isn't it?

hesterton Tue 16-Aug-16 21:42:09

But what else can you do? They don't agree with the fact being a fact. If you don't share that fundamental agreement, you'll get nowhere.

And if you're right, and they won't be convinced, there's nowhere to go. You have to decide how much it matters.

Arfarfanarf Tue 16-Aug-16 21:47:34

What was the fact? [nosy]

Shallishanti Tue 16-Aug-16 21:49:07

just post a link to your evidence

AppleSetsSail Tue 16-Aug-16 21:49:14

I'm guessing she thought the same of you wink

HunterHearstHelmsley Tue 16-Aug-16 21:49:34

They're saying "I know you're wrong but we're getting nowhere" not really a cop out....

Nottalotta Tue 16-Aug-16 21:52:39

I said 'its not just my opinion though because blah blah blah'

To begin I thought she just didn't realise (not mentioning what it's about......very specific) and as i have decades of experience and knowledge on the matter, thought I was being kind by enlightening her. Oh well. (I wasn't argumentative at all)

Boogers Tue 16-Aug-16 21:57:51

How many days have been lost correcting someone who's wrong on the internet...

Just let it go, you can't argue with stupidity.

Chinks123 Tue 16-Aug-16 22:00:25

I say this all the time when I just can't be arsed arguing and it's obvious you're not going to agree.

Stratter5 Tue 16-Aug-16 22:01:34

I used the same phrase yesterday, it's a polite way of saying you think the other person is talking bollocks.

Which they were.

I guess we are all going to be on the receiving end sometimes. Just let it go, it really doesn't matter if some internet fool disagrees.

LucyFuckingPevensie Tue 16-Aug-16 22:02:48

Depends, research and facts don't always fit to everyone else's lifestyle choices. People may take a risk because they think that it is minimal enough to chance, because their family did it or because it suits them. For example eating certain cheese or rare steak whilst pregnant, obviously I don't know what you agreed to disagree on (or not as the case may be)

SavoyCabbage Tue 16-Aug-16 22:03:09

It depends on the fact. How many things in the world can be described as absolute fact.

If it was about him-out-of-one-direction's baby yabu though.

KitKat1985 Tue 16-Aug-16 22:16:42

I often use this phrase with my brother when he starts droaning on about how wonderful Nigel Farage is and how brilliant Brexit is. I've debated and argued with him but he doesn't see my viewpoint and I don't see his, so it's pointless to keep having these conversations so now we just have to agree to disagree to avoid another fruitless argument debates.

KatharinaRosalie Tue 16-Aug-16 22:19:32

what was the fact?

AuntJane Tue 16-Aug-16 22:21:35

One of the things I've found is that some people seem to want to be ignorant. Nothing you say or do will change their view.

It's not worth wasting your time, energy or emotion on them. And since they are not going to accept what you say, you'll just have to disagree then.

I volunteer with a reptile rescue, and will have "knowledgeable" dads telling their kids all about the chameleon I'm holding - and they kept chameleons for 15 years, so they know a lot. Except I'm holding a bearded dragon, not a chameleon.

chinam Tue 16-Aug-16 22:22:46

I used it while speaking to a no voter during the referendum on gay marriage in Ireland. Twas not what I wanted to say but it was the most polite thing I could think of.

dominogally Tue 16-Aug-16 22:25:09

It depends whether it is an actual fact ie 2+2=4
or a theory/opinion.

Hassled Tue 16-Aug-16 22:27:14

I've used it in a "I know I'm right but I don't want to fall out with you" or "I know I'm right but I just can't be arsed" sort of way. But yes, it's infuriating if you have actual facts and knowledge on your side.

Nottalotta Tue 16-Aug-16 22:28:43

Nothing so irksome as Farage supporters or anti gay marriage voters.
But, using the chameleon and dragon example, it's like the dad was going to go on and give a talk to other enthusiasts, and you were trying to help him by saying 'but it's a bearded dragon' and he said 'thats just your opinion'

OK then, go ahead and look silly.

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 16-Aug-16 22:29:30

You know that we need to know the fact don't you? Just stringing us along...

SocksRock Tue 16-Aug-16 22:30:35

Like this?

Shallishanti Tue 16-Aug-16 22:31:15

at least tell us what KIND of fact it was...
capital city?
date of a battle?
breeding habits of voles?

Nottalotta Tue 16-Aug-16 22:34:03

It's an undisputable fact. Its OK though, I've had the last word. wink

ethelb Tue 16-Aug-16 22:34:20

We really need to know the fact?

The end of a close friendship was once signalled when I refused to respect her 'opinion' that earthquakes were caused by global warming.

Cookingongas Tue 16-Aug-16 22:35:05

I see where your coming from BUT yabu because without this phrase How would we deal with the homeopatists?!? They obviously don't agree with reasoned scientific argument, evidence, peer review, or you know, facts. So I'm left with, either
A- "your an idiot. I'm sorry for you"
B. "We'll have to agree to disagree

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