Etiquette School is in session! > "What an interesting assumption."

Misused and abused: Was it really an assumption?

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fluffy:
Wow! I wanted to start a thread about the same thing!

I'm starting to really dislike "the line" because it's starting to feel like a little etiquette in-joke and shorthand for "I don't agree with you" or "I think that you're being silly." It's like the anti-POD/ITA.

It's a good line, it just seems to be getting overused.

AndreaX:

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--- Quote from: KewpieDoll72 on October 02, 2007, 06:18:39 AM ---In the past couple of days, I've seen at least two threads where someone used "the line" simply because they disagreed with something a previous poster said.

There is a difference between an assumption and an opinion.

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Totally agree. Used when someone hasn't made an assumption smacks of passive-agression and superiority, IMO.

Sasha

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ITA.  You said what I was thinking a lot better than I could have.  This phrase is starting to grate on me a bit just for that reason.

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Amen sisters

Bob Ducca:
I've had it used on me once, and I felt like it was completely out of line and I felt very offended.  I'm not saying the poster didn't have the right to disagree with me, but he demanded clarification on my post, and when I gave it, he responded with "the line." 

It seemed like he was only asking for clarification to belittle me, and then pulled out "the line" when there were many legitimate arguments he could have made in response to my clarification:

"That has not been my experience," for example, would have worked well.

What truly bothered me was that I was expressing an opinion (as I clearly stated) based on my personal interactions with people.  How is that an assumption?  Sheesh...

FoxPaws:

--- Quote from: Deb1000faces on October 02, 2007, 02:18:03 PM ---What truly bothered me was that I was expressing an opinion (as I clearly stated) based on my personal interactions with people.  How is that an assumption?  Sheesh...
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This was similar to my experience. I had actually prefaced my comment with "IMHO" and got "the line" in return.

To me, an assumption is a guess made on the basis of incomplete information. I know what I think, and while anyone is free to disagree with my opinion, slamming me down with a one liner just to be snarky is unnecessary.

platys:
Honestly, I haven't seen a non-rude usage of the phrase in context of a thread.   It's a lot like the dreaded "um" - its insulting almost all the time.   

Now, if someone walks up to you and goes "So, you must be on welfare!", yeah, use it.  Someone disagrees with you on a thread?  Leave it alone.

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