Jolie_kitten: delighting to hear that works out for somebody. I never really got the hang of stating cold facts myself. It works in proper, intellect conversation in which facts are handled and people are ready to change their points of view. But that's not a typical situation to get insulted in, at least not for me.
Instead, my typical method of shutting up gobs is a combination of self-irony and a punch under the belt, then. I can well recall a day at work about a year ago, when the leader of a subcontractor company came to sign his contract. I was just finishing my coffee break and about heading out again to see that all went properly, but stayed for a while yet to pour some coffee for the fellow. And the instant I'd returned the coffee pan to its place I heard the fellow talking to my boss, something like "seems like PR isn't very high in the project budget, with secretaries that small from the lung area" (yes, my hair is rather long). My boss just grunted blankly at that, which didn't seem to satisfy the subcontractor bloke, so his next move was to make an inquiry on why hadn't I gone to the barber on time. I told him that with a student's income, I just can't afford everything. And a barber is one of those things. And when I'm at work during the uni period breaks with a better income, I'm pushing such long days that the barber stores close up before I get home anyway.
Alrighty then. The lad proceeded to making a statement that all long-hair bums are lying if they say they're working, that lot despises work, and then asking where do I spend my money instead. So, I told him that my small savings are spent on beer and shampoo - both get up my head anyway. And thank you a lot, sir, for this uplifting conversation, but some of us have work out there to despise, instead of having a nice little chatter over a nice warm cup of coffee in a nice warm office.
My boss roared with laughter, and I think I will remember the scunner's face evermore. Don't know if he had something yet to say, as I got kind of fed up and returned to my business.