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What does the quote by Fran Lebowitz "Polite conversation is rarely either" mean?

Does it mean "If it's polite it's likely not a conversation, if it's a conversation it's likely not polite?"

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    I would say it means: A "polite conversation" is usually neither polite nor a conversation. – GEdgar Jan 17 '16 at 13:57
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    @GEdgar : That's a valid response to a valid (if its not a duplicate) question. Why not post it so this question can have an answer? – Benjamin Harman Jan 17 '16 at 14:27
  • @HotLicks Your comment explains the quote, rather than just repeating it in a slightly different way. Too bad you didn't post it as an answer. – ab2 Jan 17 '16 at 17:26
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Polite conversation is rarely either

I would say it means: A "polite conversation" is usually neither polite nor a conversation.

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Basically, if someone sees the need to characterize the discussion they have with someone else as "polite conversation" then they were probably being confrontational. You wouldn't casually say of a friendly chat, "I just had a polite conversation with my good friend Fred," but instead would use other words to characterize the discussion.

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