19 Things You Should Never Say to a Single Person

June 24, 2010  |  

By Erin Meanley

A Glamour dating blogger collected of 19 of the most-hated, tired and depressing clichés about being single. Read them, and swear never to use them on any of your single friends. Ever.

As a writer, I avoid clichés like the plague … ha, ha! But seriously, clichés are old, tired, and they show absolutely no thought. I mean, do I make you read that some guy’s skin was as white as snow? No. It’s a major insult to your intellect. So when I have to hear a cliché or overused saying in the real world, as a response to my newly single status or some other dating dilemma, it’s offensive and frustrating.

Why do we have so many sayings and maxims for dating? A single gal is likely to get slammed with them ad nauseam as soon as she expresses any unhappiness at her situation.

Since we could all use a good laugh, I asked some friends and Twitter followers to send in their most hated adages. I know you’ve heard them all before (obviously), but I just couldn’t believe how many there were! Here’s a tiny compilation. Enjoy — today, they’re not directed at you!

1. It happens when you’re not looking.

“This is just bull. Some people find people when they’re looking; some don’t. You’re not doing anything wrong by going out and meeting people.” —Beth

2. There are plenty of fish in the sea.

“I dated a guy whose last name was Fish. People just had a BLAST with that one.” —Kelly

3. So, why are you single?

“I generally dislike this question. I mean honestly, if I knew why, I don’t think I would be single right now, now would I?!” —Erica

4. You’re too picky.

“This may be true, but it feels like I’m getting criticized for my taste, vision, and close-mindedness — when I’m already down.” —Sarah

5. You’ll find the right person for you.

—Kelly

6. He’s out there.

—Kelly

7. It was just bad timing.

“Like it’s so easy to dismiss a guy on such an emotionless and objective reason.” —Taryn

8. Just have fun with it!

“Um, don’t tell me how to date in my thirties when you got married at 24.” —Maya

9. Have you tried online dating?

“Duh!” —Elisa

10. He just wasn’t the right guy for you.

“I know! That’s what I’m complaining about!” —Elisa

Read the rest of the ’19 Things You Should Never Say to a Single Person’ here.



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