Don’t you find it really annoying when people make comments like ; “I don’t mean to be rude, but…” Of course the ending to that statement is going to something rude; whether mildly offensive or downright kick you in the teeth rude. Or there is “I don’t mean to be rude’s” distant cousin; “no offence but..” Equally annoying, if not more so as it is even shorter. Not forgetting of course; ” if it’s any consolation …” Usually it is no consolation what so ever. So why do people think that it’s okay to unleash their worst as long as the say “no offence but …” beforehand. One stinging example of this happened to me last year when I had my hair cut. After many years without a fringe, I have to admit that the sudden decision to have one did take me by surprise but the minute I looked in the mirror,I realised that I had made a huge mistake.