(With thanks to Yes Minister)
I stand by my convictions.
You are stubborn.
S/he is intolerant.
I am having a bad day.
You are making excuses.
S/he is incompetent.
I am shy.
You are awkward.
S/he is just unfriendly.
I am being serious/considerate/thoughtful/sensitive.
You might need to learn how to take a joke.
S/he is a humourless fuddy-duddy who needs to lighten up.
I am a maverick/innovator.
You are unorthodox.
S/he is a weirdo.
I am a protester/freedom fighter.
You are rocking the boat.
S/he is a troublemaker/pariah/rebel.
I am just telling you what I heard.
You are just saying it out of concern for them.
S/he is gossiping.
I am being picked on.
You are receiving criticism.
S/he is refusing to listen to advice.
I have a right to be here.
You are a hard-working citizen.
S/he has come here to steal our jobs.
I am rightfully cautious.
You need to be braver.
S/he is a coward.
I am having some temporary cash-flow problems.
You are in between jobs/suffering some financial difficulties.
S/he must be a workshy, lazy scrounger to be receiving state benefits.
I am a special and unique person.
You are alright and deserve some respect.
S/he is scum.
I am right/know best
You are misguided.
S/he is wrong.
I think I’ve got those right. Have I missed any? Irregular verbs are always tricky…