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    I never use the phrase, because I am a shocking gossip...I love to know people's business, but it never goes beyond these borders. I would die rather than to pass on someone else's story publicly. Other people's stories are definitely none of my business. Ftr, I am thinking of my bestie and her daughter and how they are going through some rough stuff and I advise her as best as I can, and have asked people for help but in a roundabout way. But yeah, splashing their story, that is none of my business.

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    It can depend on the context. Some people use it in a dismissive manner, which I think can be off putting or can humiliate the other person because it makes them feel as if they're being nosy. Anytime anyone has said it to me, I've felt a bit embarrassed that I've enquired into something I shouldn't have. It's blunt more than rude.

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    But if it my niece listening in, I say "you don't need to know". Simple, concise, and gets rid of her because she knows she won't find anything out.

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    I think there is a time and place for it. :-)

    As other pp's have said it depends on the situation/ context and whom you are speaking too as well.

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    I agree it totally depends on context. Sometimes things really are none of my business. If I said to a friend, 'another friend is having relationship troubles, what should I do?' and my friend says ' my advice is stay out of it, its really nothing to do with you, noone's being hurt so leave them to sort it out in private,' then well, that's her advice and fair enough. Its not rude, its her honest answer. And she might be right - getting involved could come back to bite me and I could end up losing the friend who's relationship I got involved in.

    But replying 'none of your business' snappily to an innocent question is rude, like Rainbow Road's example above with DH going out.

    But really, I think people need to be open to the possibility that sometimes things aren't any of their business.

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    I think the meaning behind it isn't rude but as with a lot of things, sometimes sugar coating helps to say it lol.
    Rather than "none of your business" I would probably say "I guess at the end of the day it may not be your place" etc. same point is made but it sounds friendlier. Just like if someone says "do I look fat" you wouldn't say "yes" you would say something like "it doesn't look too bad but isn't flattering, let's have a look for something else".

    My best mate is extremely straight to the point and I love that about her, but many misinterpret her honesty and bluntness for rudeness

    Can't comment on thread this refers to (unfortunately - so disappointed I missed that one!)

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    if dh was stickybeaking id say 'it doesnt matter' or 'none of our business'
    if someone was asking me questions id say 'im fine, thanks for your concern'

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    If I was your DH, I'd be a bit annoyed actually. How is it any of your business that he's watching/listening to a argument- if it doesn't concern you?

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    ahhh lucky my Dh doesnt get annoyed at me. he just laughed.

    But thats kind of funny as I do see it as my business.
    He is my husband , in our house asking me to come look at the neighbour fighting..

    But we do see each other, as each others business.
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