The following conversation really took place. I have removed the real names of the speakers. Not to protect anybody – I just didn’t have the time or space to put in the name of each and every person who has participated in a version of this dialogue.
YOU: You always have to have the last word.
SPOUSE: No I don’t – you do.
YOU: There you go again – just stop talking.
SPOUSE: No – you stop talking. You’re not making
any sense anyway.
YOU: Fine. I am done talking to you.
SPOUSE: Good, because I’m sick of hearing you talk.
YOU: See? You always have to say just one more thing.
You can’t stand not having the last word.
SPOUSE: No, you’re the one who has to say just one more
And so it goes.
You want to win this spat? Do you want to ensure that yours are the last words – the words that end the argument? Here are two options:
Say “I’m sorry” or “You’re right.”
Either choice is very likely to end the conversation. Either choice is likely to result in two winners.
Know any other argument enders? Let us know in the comments section below.
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