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If you use the following words to ever describe yourself, I will automatically have my guard up:

  • mature
  • nice
  • smart
  • cultured
  • random

The first 4 words are subjective words and comparison—if you are the basis of comparison, then what standard are you using? In my experience, those who self-identify with these words are ever such.

Last one is, well—no one is ever “random.” Random means without choice/deliberate reasoning. If you are “random” you are choosing to act/dress/be that way. You can be “quirky” but not “random.”

Are there any words that just cause you to become defensive?