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Why can’t you speak to me like that?

It’s not uncommon, when spouses or domestic partners may be contending with each other over some matter, the phone will ring.  Let’s say the man will answer it, to discover it’s a client, friend, business associate, neighbor, or somebody for whom a courteous and friendly tone is appropriate. Needless to mention, it’s quite a different tone than that of the domestic conversation already taking place or just interrupted. This can take place in my office as well, leading the woman to thereafter complain to her partner “Why can’t you speak to me like that?” And, of course, it’s the same way when the genders are reversed.

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