My friends and I live by a code. It is an honourable code.
This is the code between women (and not just those you know - this can, at times, extend to perfect strangers) that you will not let each other look like complete dickheads/losers in public.....if you can help it.
What sort of situations are covered by the code? I think you probably know them already. Here's a just few...
"You've tucked your skirt into your undies".
"You've got toilet paper stuck to the back of your jeans/your shoes/whatever".
"You've got something stuck in your teeth".
"You've got black stuff in the corner of your eye"
"Ummm.... are you sure you really want to wear that?" sometimes known as "you look like mutton dressed as lamb".
"You've got a dried up bogie sticking out your nose".
You get the idea. I'm sure you can come up with a few more.
But there's one situation that's a little tricky..it's a bit more of a 'sensitive' issue. That issue is - upper lip hair. I know! Seriously....how do you tell someone that's cultivating a rain forest on their upper lip that it's time to get out the hot wax or Nair! And what happens if they don't care to do so? It's a frikkin' minefield.
I have on occasion been MORTIFIED to glance at myself in the rear view mirror and spy veritable whiskers sprouting from my top lip. "Why didn't somebody tell meeeee? I look like a fucking walrus!!!"
So, some close friends and I have a developed a code word...a phrase....a friendly nudge that can be used, anywhere...anytime that these heinous hairs are spotted.
And that code word is.....
Be a friend. Use it.