Filed under: General Peevery, Grammar and Spelling, Work | Tags: annoying, children, drive me up the wall, emoticons, grating, heart dotting i, immature, nervous breakdown, peeve, pet peeves, poop on the rug, sarcastic, stupid, vent, whine till your ears bleed
As promised, a light afternoon snark.
I have a problem with people who are stupid. I’m not very patient, I hate talking slow and I don’t like to repeat myself. However, I feel these people really can’t help it. So, I try not to hold it against them.
My larger issue comes with people who are not stupid, yet constantly pretend like they are. Being ditzy or immature does not make you cute. No one wants to be cute. Only kittens and children are cute. God (or, whoever) makes them that way so you won’t kill them when they shit all over the rug and whine until your ears bleed, respectively (unless you have a really bad kitten and a really bad kid – then it would be collectively and, honestly, who would blame you at that point?).
This, dear readers, is the name of a highly educated individual as written on public sign-up sheet. Okay, an unfortunate pink highlighter was the only writing utensil at the ready – I forgive you. Please do not try to justify the cutesy – putesy heart dotting the “i” – there is no excuse. It is not Valentine’s Day. You are not in fourth grade. Highlighter pens do not explode and accidentally form heart shapes.
Another thing? There is a time and place for smiley faces and emoticons. I like the little winking 😉 one. It’s kind of snarky and I’m too lazy to press the shift key and the semicolon key at the same time. Making a comment on a post, fine. Sending a friend a message, fine. Saying something that could be taken the wrong way if the recipient doesn’t read sarcasm well, fine. Adding to the end of a professional email about a business-related matter, not fine. No way, no how. If there is something professional that needs to be said, it should be said sans smiley. If it could be misinterpreted, then you need to rewrite it or have a face-to-face conversation about it. Because adding a big, dumb 🙂 to the end of an email where you are trying to convey an intelligent message is the equivalent of writing your resume in crayon.
And, how stupid is that?
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