We’ve all been there. You round the corner to your cubical prepared to start the day’s work if you are suddenly accosted by the familiar stench of a co-worker’s bad breath.

“Here we go again…”, you think. “Another ‘H’-filled tirade that wont ever permeate my ears because I’m too busy trying to keep it from permeating my nose.”

“So anywahhhhy,” continues your co-worker, “Hhhhank Hhhhenshhhhaaw from Hhhhuman Reshhhhourcess explained ouhhhhhr 401k plahhhhn can be an outstahhhhnding invehhhhhstment optiohhhhhn…”

Somehow, we’d like to think that our forced smile and wilting eyelashes might tell the offending party that there surely is something less than stellar concerning the way they are coming across. Unfortunately, that’s simply wishful thinking. The thing is that no one knows they have a problem. We seem to be immune to your own stench, and unlike Willy Nelson’s muse, it’s never on our minds.

So how can you tell someone that their breathe is causing you to have a problem differentiating their head from their derriere? Sure, whether it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, you can try honesty. Still, even honesty has it’s own group of problems. Do you play it off like it’s a one-time occurrence you just noticed and hope that mentioning it requires care of the situation once and for all? Can you sit them down and have a serious discussion that could ultimately embarrass them or cause you to look like the bad person? How will they respond to either scenario? You’d desire to be told in the event that you had bad breath, wouldn’t you? Can you feel comfortable being told by this person who you have bad breath? Do you really know them well enough to be discussing this example with them?

They are all important questions whose answers will change with each unique situation. Still, there are a few things it is possible to avoid saying which are universal across all situations. I’ve taken the liberty of listing a few of them below. Remember, honesty is the better policy, but brutal honesty is often unnecessary.

# 1 Gee, is that your breath or did I blow my nose right after wiping my ass?

# 2 And today here’s me with the weather: Thanks, me! Well it looks like there is a stank front moving due east from wherever the mouth area happens to be. We’re considering a 100% potential for Halitosis throughout the rest you will ever have. https://kodomonioi.exblog.jp/ is next followed by today�s lottery numbers. KEEP TUNED IN!

# 3 I don’t mean to be rude however your horrible breath is melting my face. To possess to stand here and listen to you is agonizingly painful. Hey, you ever note that “Alien” movie where the alien is breathing in Sigourney Weaver’s face and she just cringes as the thing is indeed scary and because it’s saliva can be an acid that can eat through metal? This can be a lot like that because despite the fact that your saliva won’t eat through metal, I’m fairly certain your mouth-stench will and that is scaring the crap outta me, my friend. Again, I don’t mean to be rude…

So you see, dear reader, one must choose carefully when approaching a topic this sensitive. Perhaps honesty isn’t always the best policy. Even better, why not just leave an anonymous note…and a breath mint.