Often, in our great wisdom, men say things we very quickly realize should never be said to any woman. Several of these dangerous phrases are extremely subtle, but can bring about serious repercussions — like a broken neck.
With help from painful personal experience and input from several real-life women, here's a few of those things you should only say to a woman if you want to bring down her wrath upon you:
You may think you're making an attempt at being sensitive, but it is often interpreted as "You look ugly."
8. "Wow — rough night?"
9. "That doesn't even matter"
If used in the correct context, this phrase can be OK. When it is used as a way for you to try and dismiss a woman's concerns, it is very easily interpreted as, "I don't care about what you think is important."
If you have to ask, she's mad. This question will often sound patronizing — because from her perspective, you should have known three hours ago why she's mad.
11. "Are you going to wear that?"
A friend of mine innocently asked his wife this. He just wanted to know if that was what she had decided to wear (no judgement implied); but to a woman that means, "You look ridiculous and I'm going to be embarrassed to be with you in public."
12. "Are you ready to go?"
She'll be ready when she's ready. I know how incomprehensible the preparation process of a woman is to a man, but for the sake of your neck, give her all the time she wants.
You might as well say, "Make me a sandwich, woman." If you catch yourself in time, transition this sentence into "Did you not ... know how beautiful you are?"
This one is tricky. Try not to hesitate when a woman asks anything. Though you are likely just trying to make sure you respond with accuracy and tact, to her, hesitation in answering a question is an open invitation to assume the absolute worst.
Did I miss any? Comment with any other common phrases you've said to your wife (or that your husband has said to you) that have ended badly.