SOMEONE WHO SAYS, "ARE YOU CALLING ME A LIAR?" PROBABLY IS A LIAR | 2002-09-26
My life was spent in professional politics, so judging people is part of my professional background.
I have pointed out before that one thing that became clear to me over the years had to do with someone who calls everybody "Liar!" I discovered that every person who used the word liar a lot was himself not to be trusted.
I think this is because, to those of us who take the simple truth seriously, liar is a huge word. It means someone INTENTIONALLY misleads you. A person who takes it seriously will not use that word often.
The same thing is true of those who, when you question them, immediately respond, "Are you calling me a LIAR!?" Not everything we are told is correct, as every adult knows. No one who takes the truth seriously is immediately going to think that a question amounts to an accusation of lying.
In the same vein, white trash will cut you with a knife. Where I was raised, it was useful for me to know if I was dealing with trash. What I found out was, "Trash is always insulted."
Trash has a very low self-image. That is a good judgment, since they should have a low self-image. They ARE low.
So trash will naturally take anything you say in the worst possible way. Someone who says, "Are you calling me a liar?" is showing that, if he is not actually trash, he is first cousin to it.
Life is too short to deal with touchy people, and if you deal with trash, it can get a lot shorter.