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    insert random title here Randomnity's Avatar
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    Default How many times do you say "What?"

    ....before you just pretend to understand, because you still didn't hear what they said?

    Just curious if anyone else finds this awkward.

    Two times for me. I have to say this happens a lot though, maybe I should up it to three times. People mumble everything.
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    it depends on how embarassed they look about me asking "what?" the first time... if they look embarassed I'll pretend right away, if they don't I'll ask until I'm blue in the face!
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    I also sometimes repeat back the part that I did understand or else try to paraphrase it to see if they correct me or something...
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    Yeah, it is awkward. I only do it once or twice.

    I think I'm pretty good at faking it though, once I decide to pretend I've heard them.

    It's also awkward if I have to repeat myself several times, and I wasn't even saying anything that interesting in the first place.

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    Depends on the person, if I'm pretty sure I won't care about what they're saying then once or not at all, if I do care then until I comprehend. I normally don't care.

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    I say what millions times in a conversation. It's not the "mumbles", it's my thoughts still processing the topic before this.

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    I'll generally get it by the second time of saying "What?". It's rare that I'll just pretend I'm with them, and generally only when it's someone I don't know, or where it won't matter that I haven't followed the conversation.
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    Eh?
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    Would hearing aids help?

    Sometimes I get a lot of "What" when what I am saying is slightly outrageous, so it makes it even worse to have to repeat it, louder. Most of the restuarant will have heard it the first time, all of them will have heard it and will be staring at me the second time when I have to increase volume and enunciation. It's irkful. Sometimes I really think people should wear hearing aids.

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    I'll say it two times, maybe, and then say, "I'm sorry, I still didn't understand you." If they act annoyed, I'll just let them drop it, but then I'm annoyed because I can't help it if they mumble.
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