A friend just sent me an email, listing nine things "I hate about everyone." One of the items was "People who ask 'Can I ask you a question?'.... "
When asked that, my reply is, "You just did."
I actually had someone, call him John, say, "Can I ask you another question?"
To which I replied, "You just did."
John then said, "Can I ask you an important question?"
My reply, "You only get three questions, and you just used them up."
John said I was mean and all he wanted to do was ask a question.
I said, "If you'd just asked the question instead of continually asking if you could ask, you would have had your answer and been on your way."
Then John said, "Well, I wanted to ask you if.....?"
"So ask me."
"I just did."
"No, you said you wanted to ask me."
"I just wanted to ask if...?"
"So ask me."
I finally gave the nitwit the answer he wanted, because he just didn't get that I was trying to get him to stop asking if he could ask, and just ask. He was so determined to get an answer out of ME that I wouldn't be rid of him till I answered. The positive on this: He never asked me another question.
The hardest part was not breaking out in laughter. I really did want the boob to break the habit of "can I ask...?" and laughing wouldn't have helped. As it turned out, nothing helped.