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#1 *~Luvmy3~*

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:10 AM

Why is it that in todays society is comes across as being rude to ask ones age and if asked why is the response something along the lines of "i prefer not to say"??

Why be ashamed of your age......

#2 ~ky~

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:41 AM

I've never been ashamed of my age - I quite happily joke that I am the old lady of most groups I am a part of, especially mothers of children the same ages as mine because I am considered an older Mum to my nearly 12yo and an absolute dinosaur Mum to my 13mo!

I get on with people of all ages and to be honest, i don't look at someone and try to guess how old they are before I decide that I may or may not get on with them - I talk to them, get to know them and then decide!

btw ... for those who are curious, it is common knowledge that I am 43. Not so common knowledge that my gorgeous DH is 35  wink.gif

I think, however, that it has been a long standing taboo to ask another person's age. I certainly remember being told not to be so rude when asking a friend of my mother's how old she was when I was a child. One of my grandmothers never disclosed her age and my grandfather certainly didn't. When he married for the second time, it wasn't until his new wife signed the marriage certificate that she found out that he was in actual fact, 17 years older than her. She had just assumed, because he was so fit and healthy that they were around the same age.

#3 MiSS_E

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:59 AM

The only people I know who hide their age are pretentious snobby ladies of 40+ and everyone knows they're lying anyway. One particular lady my DH used to work for swears she is still 38 (for the past 10 years). laughing2.gif Whatever makes you sleep better.

#4 Iris37

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:24 AM

If anyone were to ask my age I would tell them.  I am conscious of being an older mother this time round tho, when I had my first daughter I was 21. I turn 46 this year and I guess it would depend on the context that I was asked my age. If someone were to say something like, "Wow you remember THAT event!, How old ARE you?" I wouldn't like to say my age but if it were something like "You look waaaay too young to have a 24 year old, how old are you?" then I wouldn't mind saying lol  wink.gif  biggrin.gif

Edited by Iris37, 21 February 2013 - 05:24 AM.

#5 3'sACharm

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:33 AM

30  grin.gif

#6 HRH Countrymel

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:06 AM

The most hilarious 'age' thing I've ever had was back when I was a high school teacher.  
It was my birthday, and one of the students asked:

"How old are you Miss Countrymel?"

When I replied he went:

"Wow! Most older ladies won't tell you their age!"

I was twenty two!

#7 Feral timtam

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:16 AM

26 here.

Ages are annoying. They keep changing on me. Not like birthdays and anniversaries, they stay the same year in year out. I have enough trouble remembering the numbers that stay the same all the time, why do people expect me to remember how old I am!

#8 kristylee21

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:21 AM

I'm 24... A lot of people are shocked when I say that as I seem much older... Except bottleshops for some reason. I get asked for id EVERY time!!

#9 unicorn

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:29 AM

QUOTE (tamjk @ 21/02/2013, 07:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
26 here.

Ages are annoying. They keep changing on me. Not like birthdays and anniversaries, they stay the same year in year out. I have enough trouble remembering the numbers that stay the same all the time, why do people expect me to remember how old I am!

Same, I spent most of my 30s having to do quick calculations to work out my age because I kept forgetting. Now that I am 40 I get to start again.

I don't have an issue disclosing my age, but now I am suddenly worried that I am going to start looking it. I see women that are only a few years older than I am looking old, sunspots, wrinkles and generally time worn, and I don't want to look like that.

#10 42n8

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:32 AM

Age is just a number. There's no point in lying about it. I joke that I can still party like I'm 21 but the next day feel more like I'm 80 but who really cares anyway.

However, I did mum's duty at my DD's kinder last week and when the kids asked me how old I was and I told them, one little boy piped up with, "Wow. You're older than my nan!"

That stung a little.  wink.gif

#11 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:36 AM

I have no issue with telling people my age- a cliche, but it is just a number! I am 30.

#12 cinnabubble

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:41 AM

I'm 43. I have no problem sharing that, although I'd be p*ssed off to be asked in a job interview.

#13 MintyBiscuit

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:51 AM

I'm 28, turning 29 in a few months. According to most people who ask my age I look younger but seem older, so I guess that's a good thing.

My grandmother is 39 and has been for 49 years now wink.gif I have no idea how it started, but these days it's just continued for the sake of amusement. I do recall being very confused when I was about 8 or 9 and realised my Dad (her son) was 44 but she was only 39 unsure.gif

I actually don't encounter age discussions that often. With most of my friends I only found out their age because I went to a birthday party. It just doesn't come up in conversation much.

#14 Chchgirl

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:54 AM

I'm 45 in June..I like myself better and feel better now than 10 years ago..! That may also be due to my kids not being so young and draining anymore! I'm one of those peopl who find it easier as the kids get older, and yes I have a teenager!

I never get asked how old I am though..

Edited by Chchgirl, 21 February 2013 - 06:55 AM.

#15 Dowager fancie

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:00 AM



#16 fionah

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:01 AM

I am 30.



#17 Iliketoflounce

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

if you really want to know it is in my sig im 21

#18 71Cath

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:13 AM

I am 41.  It doesnt bother me to tell anyone - the grey hair is a bit of a giveaway... cool.gif

#19 QueenIanthe

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:25 AM

I don't understand lying about your age. I am 42.It is what it is.

#20 jupiter71

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

I've lied by omission in the past to make myself look older to, "fit in" hubby is 12 years older than me. Not now, when I was still in my teens and he was a thirty something.

#21 lozoodle

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:36 AM


#22 BadCat

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:40 AM

This morning I feel older than God.

#23 Mitis angelam

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

I'm comfortable with my age.  But  shrug.gif  it's just one of those polite social conventions.  Don't ask how much someone earns, or how much they weigh, or their age... potentially awkward or embarrassing stuff, don't go there!

#24 Marchioness Flea

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

I'm turning 39 this year and hope I don't look it, but I sure as hell feel it some days!

I've also started a minor mid life crisis of sorts as I look around my house which has hardly changed since I was 22(when we bought it) and I think it still looks like a young person's house.
What DOES the house of a 40yr old look like anyway?

Actually, mostly I'm sick of staring at the same pictures on the walls for the last 16 years.

#25 ~Peaches~

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:47 AM

I'm 27. I don't really think about how old people are to be honest.  
The only time I've ever felt people make an issue about my age is when DH and I got married. I was 20 and he had just turned 23, and apparently that was 'far too young to be getting married' rolleyes.gif
We'll have been married 7 years this year, and have our 3rd baby on the way, and I think it's all been perfect timing for us.
Each to their own.

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