Sometimes people think they’re being polite when they’re just being stupid. If a neighbor comes over and wants to “borrow” a cup of sugar, are they going to be bringing the sugar back? No. But instead of saying that they need a cup of sugar or asking if you could part with a cup of sugar, they think that it’s somehow more innocuous, less of a burden, or more polite to “borrow” it.
If you need something that you’re going to consume in some capacity, just ask for it. “Can you spare a cup of sugar?” is a perfectly acceptable, reasonable way to approach the no-sugar dilemma.
Here are some other things that you CANNOT borrow:
- A feeling
- Toilet Paper
- A minute of your time
- A piece of paper
- A toothbrush
- Ibuprofen or Tylenol
- A piece of gum
- Olive oil
Thanks to Jenny for letting me borrow the idea.