You could somehow manipulate things so that it appears the topic comes up casually, and then after having had the opportunity to test the ground for a bit and having it found safe enough, you could go for something like 'yeah actually about that, and I find it hard to tell you this, but I am not exactly keen on the way you smell either'. Course when the ground isn't safe you have to bug out and come up with something else... or lose touch if you really can't seem to think of anything else and can't handle it anymore. The latter is quite cruel, and it is really a last resort, and it shouldn't be something you should be happy about doing: but lord knows, I think a lot of people have bugged out when a friendship became too awkward. :/
Yeah, I think a lot of friendships have been hurt by honesty just as much as lies. Some people can't handle it well. It's something that I hate doing... but meh, I chose to lose touch with him because I can't tolerate smelly people... it grosses me out. So that's the story, at the end of it.
Don't you think it would be better to tell the truth than to have him think he did something wrong or that you just didn't like him? Some people are like smokers and garlic eaters are oblivious to their own smell or bad breath. You may have been doing him a favor to tell him so he could take corrective action. .
The problem is, people tend to not know if their breath is bad unless they have a tooth decaying and can smell or taste it. It's kind of like cigarettes, litter box smell or houseatosis. Some are just clueless because they have become so use to it.
pinkishhair97Featured By OwnerDec 24, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm usually like Fluttershy when it comes to these things... "Um... I'm-I'm sorry b-but... you have really bad halitosis..." But it usually works, because they know what's wrong, but also knew that I didn't want to offend them.
You could always get personal and shower with him?
Or less creepily if a holiday or birthday is coming up gift him one of those shower kit things they sell all over the place.
Other than that, you could just say dude, you smell horribly. Or you could tell him the smell of his man perfume makes you dizzy or ill or something. Making it sound like you're flawed and suggesting if he wants to hang out he should smell differently.
Or you could just not return his calls, that works just as well.