You can’t ask me that: Is it ever OK to ask someone if they are single?

Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 09.20.13“Are you single?”

This is exciting. Why are they asking? Do they want to know if you’re unattached so they can ask you out on a date? Or is it just small talk again?

It’s a fairly innocuous question, isn’t it? Are you single? Or the flip side, are you married?

It’s the kind of thing you ask someone you’ve met at a party after “what’s your name?” and “where do you come from?” It’s impossible to cause offence by asking someone whether or not they have a partner, surely… Are you mad?

Once again, the problem with the question is in the answer. What are they going to do with it once they find out? Let’s take it from there.

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