Every now and again someone welcomes me with this:
"Hey Chris, you dating Pseudonym yet?"
Yes, Pseudonym is a place-holder. But wouldn't it be funny to have Pseudonym as your pseudonym?
Back to my point, this is a weird thing to say. Someone said it again to me yesterday. I'd probably get asked this less if I were dating someone. But I'm not, and regardless, it's a weird thing to say.
- If the speaker is my buddy, this is fine. We've probably talked about who I'm trying to woo. But they should probably know already.
- If the speaker is married/coupled, it can sound patronizing. "I'm happy, here's the obvious solution that you've somehow missed you stupid stupid single person. Stupid."
- If the speaker is single, their discussion of me dating someone else implies that they're not interested in me.
- If Pseudonym is someone I'm not interested in, it's off-putting. Really? You think mayonnaise will go well on my pie? Really?
- If Pseudonym is someone I am interested in, it provides false validation. "Exactly! It's obvious to everyone except Pseudonym that we're perfect for each other."
I'm not oversensitive. I'm really quite undersensitive. I wasn't offended at this question yesterday, nor have I ever been. It's just a weird way to say hello. This coming from someone who frequently uses questions as his salutations.