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What is the appropriate thing to do when a couple argues in your presence?

Asked by longgone (17742points) December 3rd, 2019

I had some friends over recently, and one of the couples present had a minor disagreement. Everyone pretended not to notice – but that was awkward in its own way. Is there a better option?

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KNOWITALL's avatar

They should take disagreements outside, how rude. I have seperated them, like take the woman out back for a chat.

johnpowell's avatar

There is not a better thing to do. Pretend like it isn’t happening and then slowly move away is the best response.

ucme's avatar

If this happens in my home then whatever I choose to do is appropriate, that’s my turf!
I’d very quickly intervene reminding them there’s a time & a place for that & this ain’t it.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Hold up score cards.

cookieman's avatar

I might interrupt and say something like, “Ya know, there’s no one on the back porch right now if you’d like some privacy.”

LadyMarissa's avatar

Since they are being rude to argue in front of others, I feel it is OK to be rude back at them. I have been known to interrupt the disagreement to tell them You’re acting like 2 year olds. I tell the wife to go stand in one corner of the room & instruct the husband to go to the opposite corner. Then I tell them that they can’t come out until BOTH of them can once again act like an adult. Most of the guests break out in laughter & it usually seems to defuse the situation. I’ve also told a few to take it outside because NOBODY wanted to hear it!!!

I’d prefer to NOT get involved, but some people leave you NO other alternative!!!

Vignette's avatar

I get out the boxing gloves for them. Solves most disagreements and you get a great workout in too.

josie's avatar

Zone out

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