What are those things you see all over the place?
No, those things—sort of animate, ambulatory life-forms of some kind, in your workplace, in the streets, sometimes in your home! People! And they seem to want something, or they look as if they might do. You can try throwing peanuts at them if they get too close.
They usually stop coming toward you and lunge for the peanuts, twirling around and pecking at the ground. But sometimes they want to interact, and then it’s: crikey, mate! Look at the crazee social skills of that thing!
Time for an extravention.
(“Extravention” is the opposite of “Intervention”; in an extravention you judiciously extravene yourself from a troublesome situation, hopefully making the situation “go away”, and thereby remedying the problem.)
Of course, extravening isn’t just a matter of turning your back and ignoring someone. That would be neither fair nor productive. Extravening means removing oneself from the situation by countering or redefining the situation. Instead of talking about something serious, one begins to talk about something equally serious-seeming but situatutionally irrelevant.
For example, suppose A. wants to talk about an upcoming Event that you don’t plan to attend:
A.: So, I almost forgot, the Event is in two weeks.
B.: My court case is in two weeks.
B.: Ooops. I’m not supposed to talk about it.
There are, of course, simpler ways of doing this.