Pet peeves

This is a collection of sentences, or behaviors, that immediately raise a red flag in my mind. Some of them are not necessarily bad, but in my experience, they have been associated with stupid people.

  • Ample use of emoticons – things like 😦 or 😀 – in writing: almost always it’s someone silly.
  • Ample use of exclamation signs: nobody can be that excited about things. I find it dishonest.
  • “I’m a realist”: what they usually want to say is “I’m more intelligent than you”. Unless, they do believe there is one reality, and they grasp it, in which case they’re deluded.
  • “I see shades of gray where you see black and white”: I almost always hear this from cowards.
  • “I would have done that for you”: said when you refuse to do something they ask. Maybe they’re honest about that, but would they be willing to do for you what YOU want done? No? I didn’t think so…
  • “You and I can understand this, but most people can’t”: toxic, run away.
  • Apologizing profusely: people who really mean it, apologize only once or twice, then fix their behavior. I find serial apologizers dishonest.
  • Great gratitude: same as above. Honest people say thanks once or twice, then surprise you returning the favor at a future time.

About Jaime Silvela

My favorite chemical element is Potassium.
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3 Responses to Pet peeves

  1. maria says:

    I´ve decided your friends post less now because of all the Spanish. So now I´ll write in English, so that no one thinks this is meant just for us Spaniards to answer.
    And, by the way, I feel just like you feel about those things , but what I hate most are people who begin a put-down with “my dear”, and then try to seem magnanimous in the way they make fun of your mistakes. Brrr.

  2. Tom says:

    I think I’ve done/said all of these…

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