Tis the season for holiday parties, drinks get-together, and reunions with people we may only see a couple of times a year. We'll schmooze, reminisce, and field an awkward remark or two. But what if we tend to stick our snow-booted feet in our mouths? For the cringe-inducers among us, here's a list of things NOT to say at a holiday gathering:
To a recent college grad:
"Your parents spent a fortune on your education and you're temping at Macy's?"
To an middle-aged engineer:
"I hear you finished a job in Arizona and are due to start another in Illinois. When are you going to demand an assignment in town? Kids need both parents."
To a career-changer:
"You'll be competing with kids in their twenties. They'll chew you up and spit you out."
To a dieter:
"I thought you loved my sopapilla cheesecake? I made it for you."
To a teacher:
"You've got some racket: winter break, spring break, summers off. And you wonder why kids can't pass standardized tests?"
To a stay-at-home-mom:
"Now that Noah's two, I guess you're looking for a real job."
To a doctor:
"I've got a throbbing pain in my upper arm. Take a look at my elbow and tell me what you think."
To a lawyer:
"Let's say, hypothetically, I were to incorporate a business."
To a banker:
"Look at you, hobnobbing with the 99 percent. What, Mustique Island's booked this weekend?"
To your boss:
"A honey-baked ham? I'd rather have a gift card."
To a writer:
"Amanda Hocking self-pubbed and made two million dollars. What are you waiting for?"