There's a guy in my office that says "with that being said" so much I have nicknamed him WTBS.
Yesterday he said it 17 times in 2 minutes to a client on the phone. Seventeen times, why!!!! Can you not not find any other transitional words in your vocabulary to express what a conversational dolt you are?
Wouldn't it? The highways would be a lot more pleasant as well.
Verbal tics. My sister got "Mother of God" stuck in her processor. For years. She'd say it if somebody cut her off in traffic, if the toast was perfectly brown, if the cat sneezed, when Walmart was having a sale. It drove me to drink in her presence. Bourbon. Neat.
WTBS is redundant anyhow. Do you really need a transitional word/phrase? Just move on to the next thing. Gah.
I feel your pain. There are 2 brokers who sit behind me. One in particular HAS NO INDOOR VOICE AT ALL. NONE. When you hear him across the office (he had great projection, I'll give him that) you'd think he's about 6'2" with massive lung capacity. Nope. He's around 5'5" and very unassuming. Add to this that he speaks almost entirely in cliches and you have the recipe for annoyance. There are times when I can actually hear the caller on the other end of his land line, and s/he is not on speakerphone.
I've got a lady that speaks in an accent if she's talking to someone with an accent. It's charming. She also gets into pronouncing French cities. I think she took French in high school 1,000 years ago and has been looking for an opportunity to use it ever since. Next time she has to say Neuilly, I'm going to run up and high five her.
I tend to mirror people's accents too. I catch myself doing it and feel very embarrassed. It's partly because I'm something of a natural mimic, and it's partly a habit which grew out of a childhood desire to fit in. Even now that I feel much more comfortable in my own skin, I still find myself doing it. I think I've forgotten what my original accent actually is.
8 or 9 years ago I, out of the blue, started saying "evidently" a lot. As in, "Evidently I'm saying 'evidently' way too much."
Like enough that I started getting on my own nerves. I purposefully stopped saying it but not before Mrs. Smirk picked it up. So now she says it sometimes, not a lot, but sometimes and it just grates me.
I work with a guy who uses "and so forth" and "whatchamacallit" in every conversation. Every.Conversation.
This is the same guy who calls to say he sent me an email the moment he hits send.
Lately I've been hanging up on him the second he says "Hey Red, I just sent you an emai..."
Good god, those are the worst. I have one that runs out of his office to tell me and he gets here before it hits my inbox. I'd like to hide a pitbull under my desk and sic him at just the right moment.
These are so funny! Especially the ones where your own verbal tics are annoying you!
Bobby says is-is-that. Like this "the situation is is that we need to act". That doesn't bother me, I just think it's funny. But I have started to get on him for "really". EVERYTHING ends with REALLY? REALLY? I tell him he sounds like a 14 year old girl when he does it.
I had a bad case of "seriously" for awhile, but I think I have about broke the habit.
This seems like as good of a place as any to get this out...
GAAAAHHHH!!!! DO. NOT. CLIP. YOUR. NAILS. AT. WORK.
Eff you, disgusting coworker. Eff you in your stupid asshole sideways with a red swingline stapler. Also, if you're going to perform acts of personal hygiene that clearly don't belong in a workplace, could you be a little faster about it?
I think it was The Boy who told me he saw someone clipping their toenails ON THE SUBWAY.
For some reason I'm a bit skeeved when women put their make-up on whilst riding the subway. On the one hand, I admire their dexterity, but on the other is just seems like something you'd want to do in private. (At least I do. I also have issues about putting on make-up in women's bathrooms, but I do it)
This message has been edited by Victoriabitter on Mar 8, 2012 2:09 PM
It's not that uncommon to see women putting on their makeup while driving... we're talking mascara and eyeliner that could take your eye out if you're in an accident, not lipstick. Is it really worth five extra minutes of sleep?
I could be wrong about this, but it seems to me that filing one's nails is more offensive than clipping them. Essentially when you're filing them, you're turning your nails and whatever crud is under/on them into an airborne dust that is then scattered on the wind and onto whoever or whatever is within a 15-foot radius. It's also scattered INto whoever is nearby, as the particles are small enough to inhale.
I'd be much happier getting pinged by some nail shrapnel and breathing someones fingernail dust.
This message has been edited by Funkenstien on Mar 8, 2012 3:30 PM
Oh no no no. Before filing I lay down a peice of paper and file my nails on top of that while my hands are semi-covered with a paper cup with a hole cut out of the side of it. I collect the nail debris on the paper and pour it into another cup I have reserved for nail dust.
I have about a 1/4 cup of nail dust waiting to be used on anyone who gives me a hard time. If they do, I pour the dust into my hand and blow it into their eyes.
Puts them into their place everytime.
So get this.
My former boss from another department who is also the heir to the company sent me a Facebook request so we can "share" music on Spotify. He's kinda cool. We do talk a lot about music and he's been really supportive with all of the hiccups in my life and with Liv's diagnoses and fundraisers and such. But he can also be unpredictable twat.
There is no WAY he's cracking through my Facebook. I was kind of in crisis mode the last hour figuring out how I can let him know I'm declining his request without sounding like I'm hiding stuff from him (I am ) or because he's the future owner in the next ten years or so (I am). This is what I sent. Don't tell me how you would have it differently because then I'll be paranoid it wasn't goof enough. Just...rate it on a scale from 1-5 or somethin.....
Every time I see Shane I always wonder what level of inebriation he is at. Have you seen his new teeth!?
I will friend co-workers because I'll friend anybody.
If they choose not to accept, it's totally fine.
I don't have all of these dramatic rules for FaceBook. I don't clean it, I don't sort it, I don't block some people from some stuff and others from others. I'm just me there same as if I were me at a party with all of those people.
WITH ONE EXCEPTION! HA! I hide the fact that YOU people exist! HAHAHA! Don't call me Squid, refer to this board, or anything there please. The OT group is secret for a reason!
This message has been edited by SquiddyBoy on Mar 9, 2012 12:12 PM