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How to Politely Say No to a Job Offer

This one stings, but being desired by an employer you ultimately don’t want to work for can be painful—you don’t want to get their hopes up, but you’re afraid of saying no and hurting their feelings.

The first step is not to get too worked up in the first place.

But if you’re past that stage, you might want to try one of these nos:

  • “I realize I want to work for you, but I don’t think I have the capacity at this point in time to give it my 100%. There are just too many personal circumstances I’m dealing with right now.”
  • “I’ve decided to go with a different employer for now; however, I appreciate the time and effort you put into the hiring process.”
  • “I’ve ultimately decided my commitment to my current employer is much stronger than I’d realized.”
  • “After taking some time to think about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t think we’d be a great fit. I’m looking for a different type of job, but I wish you all the best in the future!”

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Funny Ways To Say “No” to a Date

Being asked out by someone you really don’t want to – or can’t – go on a date with can be a cringe moment – but it doesn’t have to be.

The best way to let someone down without hurting their feelings is to inject a little good humor.

There is a thin line between making light of the situation and making fun of the person though. The ways to say ‘no’ below are designed to let the person down lightly.

Here are some funny ways to say ‘no’ when you’re asked out:

  • I was really hoping you weren’t going to ask so that I didn’t feel bad, but I’m sorry, I can’t.
  • If I said yes I only get in the way of you finding someone who is right for you.
  • Sorry, it’s not you but I’m just not dating right now.
  • I wish there was an easier way to say this, but no thanks.
  • I love how you asked, that’s going to come in handy when you find the right person – but it’s not me.
  • It’s hard work turning down dates all the time – good luck next time.
  • It’s always cringe saying no, so I’m just going to stand here and not say it.
  • What is it that makes me look single or available? I really need to change that.
  • Sorry, I’m dating myself, that doesn’t leave room for someone else.
  • My parents really wouldn’t approve, I’m going to have to say no.
  • We don’t have enough in common for it to work – let’s save the time finding out.
  • We mix like oil and water, neither of us wants to experience that.

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Ways to say no when you’re asked on a second date

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21If you’re asked on a second date, say no by saying something like “I appreciate the offer, but I have other commitments”.22There are other ways to say no to a second date. Think along these lines: “I don’t want to give you the wrong impression. I just want to be friends.”

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23If he/she persists, make it about you. Say “This is not the right time for me to get into a relationship.”24If he/she can’t let it go, say no a bit more directly. “I have decided I don’t want to go. Please respect my decision.”25When you’ve exhausted your ways to say no indirectly, resort to ignoring the requests. Hopefully, the person will take the hint, and you won’t have to say no in so many words.

Ways to say no when someone close offers you something

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Photo by Michelle Tsang on Unsplash
06You can say no with discretion, like “I love your chocolate chip brownies, but my doctor has told me to stay away from sugary foods.”07You can say no indirectly, like “I appreciate the offer of lunch, but I don’t have time today.”08There are ways to say no using body language. Shake your head and smile. Shrug and put your hands up.09Make it sound like your fault when you say no. “If I’d known you were bringing cake, I wouldn’t have eaten that huge sandwich.”10Be honest without having to say no. “That’s a gorgeous dress. Thanks for thinking of me. But it’s not my style. It would go to waste in my closet.”

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3 replies on 6 Effective Tips to Politely Say No (that actually work!)

  1. R. Z.

    Thank you for the great article. I will definitely use these steps in the future. I am the one who struggles to say no most of the time despite the busy life. Especially love the one Do offer an alternative. I am trying to use it most of the time. It works!

  2. Valerie Cormack

    This was great! Thank you… would you be able to role play saying no? Maybe a few different scenarios?

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