In order for good communication to take place, it is especially important to understand each other’s vocabulary and commonly used phrases.  Here is some help for the husbands.  This also lets wives know that husbands really do understand them but sometimes don’t want them to know it.  How else can they get away with not doing some things and doing some of the other stuff?

1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five Minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3. Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means “something,” and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5. Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of “nothing.”)

6. That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7. Thanks: A woman is thanking you; do not question or faint. Just say, “You’re welcome.”

8. Whatever: This is a women’s way of saying, “You’re an Idiot!”

9. Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement! It means that this is something a woman has told a man to do several times, but she is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking, “What’s wrong?” For the woman’s response refer to #3.

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