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Why do people say "just a quick question"?

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  1. ithaca_deerslayer

    ithaca_deerslayer

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    Ever notice how it is never a quick question after that phrase?

    Heck, even on GT, some guy asked "Just a quick question, what caliber is best for self- defense."

    At work when someone asks "just a quick question," it seems they are belittling what is involved in arriving at the answer to the question they are asking.

    For example, "Just a quick question, how many more people will vote for Romney than Obama? Oh, and break that down by state, race, and gender."
     
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    hogfish Señor Member

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    The 1st example was of a quick question. Answer: .45.

    The 2nd was not.

    :supergrin:
     

  3. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    I love being in the question answering business. It's my job to answer them, yet, nearly every person I speak to at work begins with, "May I ask you a question?"

    Okay, so, maybe not phrased that way because it may be a hair too sophisticated for most of my clientele, but you get the picture...
     
  4. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

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    I'm guilty of this sometimes at work. Saying 'just a quick question' gets my foot in the door with some people that are just too 'busy' to ever return a phone call, or even reply to an e-mail.

    And I always keep it short when I do use this
     
  5. Wyoming

    Wyoming

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    Because they want just a quick answer.

    Next.
     
  6. ithaca_deerslayer

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    That may be truer than you intended. They should be more direct and say, "I know you are busy working on higher priority issues, but I want you to drop what you are doing and give me a quick answer to this highly complicated and time consuming question"

    :)
     
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    Gregg702 Gold Member

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    Fixed that for you. :wavey::tongueout:
     
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    hogfish Señor Member

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    That's a good joke! :rofl::laughabove::uglylol:

    It's good that you add the emoticons. Some people believe everything they read.
    :tongueout:
     
  9. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    quick answers, do not elaborate.
     
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    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

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    I don't understand. It sounds like they are being polite. (to me)
    Would you rather they say "Tell me how many widgets we need for the job" No "May I, Please, Thank you" type language??
    Its also a way to make sure they have your attention. That you are not listening to someone else on bluetooth (or some such) and they have to explain it twice because you were distracted first time.
     
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    TheJ NRA Life Member Lifetime Member

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    I usually only use the phrase when interrupting somebody to ask something that shouldn't take very long to answer... Like where something is located or where's the restroom.
     
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    It serves as a phrase to respectfully open conversation.
     
  13. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Both of those are quick questions. They didn't say they were looking for a qucick answer.

    Short of presidential press conferences and college exams, all questions are quick.
     
  14. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    They're implying they will only need a little bit of your time. Usually they're drastically wrong or flat out lying. Either way they figure once they have your attention you won't bail on them without making at least some effort to solve their dilemma.
     
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    Too close to home. When my children ask questions, even now that they are all adults, I still ask "do you want the long answer or the short answer?"

    OTOH, I do tell 'em if it's my opinion (like some political questions) or where my info comes from...
     
  16. ithaca_deerslayer

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    Bingo!
     
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    magic Mean Old Man

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    When I say "quick question", I mean I wont take much time. That means the question is short, and your answer should be just as short. Folks who say that to get their foot in the door are being rude.

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    For me a quick question means asking it "no mater how long the content" before I forget the question.
     
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    Blonde or brunette?

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