Pet Peeves: Saying “no offense”

Pet Peeves: Saying no offense

Zoey Perrine, Staff Member

‘No offense but…’ Stop.

If you have to start a sentence with no offense, then it’s going to be offensive. Obviously, you know your comment is not positive, and you’re choosing to say it anyway.

Haven’t you ever heard the expression “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all?”

Apparently, most of you haven’t. And if you are going to say something offensive, what’s the point of saying no offense first? To pretend that you’re not being rude? Prefacing your rude interjection with no offense means it will be followed with something offensive.

So, what’s the point in saying it at all?