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Who do you "straighten up" for when they're around?

Asked by essieness (7698points) May 28th, 2009

For instance, you’ll refrain from bad language, make an effort to say something “smart”, check your facts before you speak, try not to mention a stupid TV show, wear better clothes, etc.

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oratio's avatar

Sounds like a normal date to me. When meeting parents of a girlfriend as well. Not that I’m that different then, but you try to look your best.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

My boss, when she walks by my desk, as I’m obviously fluthering

GAMBIT's avatar

There is this woman I know. Every time I look into her eyes I get goose bumps and my palms get sweaty. Somehow she became my wife and we have two children. Here she comes now. I hope my tie is on straight.

SirBailey's avatar

A rich aunt who likes me better than my brother because she thinks I’m more “polished”.

tinyfaery's avatar

No one. I yam what I yam. ;) If you’re in my house and you don’t like it get the fuck out.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

My bosses and guests at work.

MrGV's avatar

My little sister. Everyone else gets a taste.

aprilsimnel's avatar

My big sisters. God rest her soul, but Mommy’s house was a mess. They have an aversion to it, so I make sure that common areas are clean for when they visit.

Facade's avatar

I would have answered “everyone” a year ago. Now my answer is no one.

CMaz's avatar

Yea, I would say my boss. She is such a moody bitty.

SirBailey's avatar

My boss wouldn’t do it for me. It would have to be my BOSS’S BOSS or higher.

cak's avatar

One of my aunts. She’s a very proper southern lady. She’s so cute, she’s 71 and really can’t stand it when I wear jeans. It’s not very ladylike, you know. ;)

wundayatta's avatar

Pretty much everybody, although, depending on the relationship, in different ways.

dynamicduo's avatar

Certainly not my in laws, they swear more than I do. I try to hold back swearing around my parents, but even they drop it in conversation now that I am an adult.

As for straightening up clothes or thoughts or anything… I’m either in complete lounge mode, where I am only around internet folk/in PJs, or I am in presentable mode. There’s no real in between. Even with my closest friends I moderate myself as I would with my parents. I strive to do things such as check my facts no matter who I’m talking with.

ru2bz46's avatar

Pretty much everybody but my closest friends.

Jude's avatar

Kids, my students (of course), Aunts, Uncles, the elderly, co-workers, yo Momma (maybe).. and that’s it.

music_03's avatar

I do around younger children, I don’t want to set a bad example. Besides that I act the same towards everyone I meet.

cyn's avatar

as far as i know
i can’t think of anyone
(dammit cyndi!)
it came back!
my boyfriend
since he’s smarter than me
i don’t want to look retarded when i’m next to him

Blondesjon's avatar

William H. Macy and Noam Chomsky.

Ashalah's avatar

My in laws.

augustlan's avatar

Young children and my in-laws. With the kids, it’s pretty much just no swearing. With the in-laws, it’s no swearing and no being a liberal.

essieness's avatar

@augustlan boo to not being able to be a liberal

augustlan's avatar

I know. :/

tiffyandthewall's avatar

friend’s parents. that’s about it.
to an extent, i ‘straighten up’ for other people too – my brother’s wife, etc. but i don’t do a complete 360, because it would be pointless. why pretend to be someone i’m not? i mean, i’m not completely repulsive when i don’t straighten up, so it’s not too bad…

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

No one.That has always been my “problem”.lol!

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