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"Can I Ask You A Question?"

Old 03-09-17, 09:27 AM
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"Can I Ask You A Question?"

People who open a conversation by asking, "Can I Ask You A Question?".

sheesh.

Can you ask me a question? I suppose so, because you just did.

Typical convo with folks like this goes....

Them: "Can I ask you a question?"
Me: "You just did."
Them: "Oh! Can I ask you another question?"
Me: "That's two."



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Old 03-09-17, 09:41 AM
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

Then there's "I hate to bother you..."

Then don't, man.
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Old 03-09-17, 10:02 AM
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

Q: "Do you know the time?"

A: "Yes, I do!"

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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

Reminds me of an old Benny Hill Show sketch depicting Benny as a starving peasant, staggering up to a well-fed soldier who's munching a big sandwich.

STARVING PEASANT: I have not tasted food for four days!

WELL-FED SOLDIER: Don't worry, it still tastes the same!

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Old 03-09-17, 10:50 AM
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I once overheard a guy who couldn't even get "Can I ask you a question?" right. He instead told his friend "Ask me a question" and then proceeded to ask his question.
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

"Do you have a minute?"

"Sure!"

30 minutes later...
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Old 03-09-17, 11:42 AM
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

it should be: "Can i ax you a question?"
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Old 03-09-17, 12:19 PM
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I assume all of you are from New York?

Ya rude.
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Old 03-09-17, 12:25 PM
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

"Question. Do you have ..."

Don't start a discussion with "Question". Just ask whatever you're going to ask. I don't need a 1 word intro to prepare myself.
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Old 03-09-17, 12:25 PM
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

The correct response of course, is "I don't know, CAN you?"
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Old 03-09-17, 12:41 PM
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I have a friend who does this constantly.

We'll have been hanging out for hour already, and then he'll go, "Can I ask you something?" I'll say sure, and then he pauses for several seconds; lean back his head, scratch his neck, look as though it is taking a lot of energy to muster up the courage to ask the question, and when he finally spits it out it it's some inconsequential shit like, "Do you still watch Jeopardy?"
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The correct response of course, is "I don't know, CAN you?"
But obviously he can. He already did. A quick lecture to the question poser about can vs may is in order!
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Old 03-09-17, 01:43 PM
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I have a friend who does this constantly.

We'll have been hanging out for hour already, and then he'll go, "Can I ask you something?" I'll say sure, and then he pauses for several seconds; lean back his head, scratch his neck, look as though it is taking a lot of energy to muster up the courage to ask the question, and when he finally spits it out it it's some inconsequential shit like, "Do you still watch Jeopardy?"
Should have at least asked you pull over first or have a seat or something before popping a question like that.
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

Both my kids, 5 and 9, do this. I see it as a primitive way of beginning a conversation. It is annoying, but I tolerat it because they are young.

"Daddy can I ask you something?"
"What?"
"Can I have a snack?"

Sounds like some people never grow out of this mode. Perhaps I should start encouraging them to knock it off.

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Old 03-09-17, 02:06 PM
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I once overheard a guy who couldn't even get "Can I ask you a question?" right. He instead told his friend "Ask me a question" and then proceeded to ask his question.
Not sure if joking. What you describe is a common form of speaking. The English do it a lot and I hear it in old movies a bit.
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^WTH are you talking about? A common form of speaking?

My mother and her sisters are English, and they would never say that.

I watch a hell of a lot of UK TV, and I don't recall anyone saying that.

You're saying it's common for someone to speak like this...

John: Ask me a question. How old are you?

Did you misread his statement, or am I misunderstanding yours?
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I think Mabuse misread it. I hope Mabuse misread it.
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John: Ask me a question. How old are you?
That's exactly it.

I'm having trouble finding an example at the moment but I know I've heard it. It would be someone like Michael Caine saying, "Ask me a question mate. Where's the fucking loot."

I'm not certain if it's a cockney thing or what. But it's like word play. The correct would be "answer" me a question, but it's flipped by the speaker to "ask".

I'll try and find and example.
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I'm having trouble finding an example
So it isn't a common form of speaking?
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

I've heard someone say "Answer me this" but never "Ask me a question".
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Mabuse, are you drunk and/or high right now?
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Not yet.
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So ... this thread has taught me that I am a douchebag.
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