Thursday, January 6, 2011

#7 Too many annoying facts/'one-uppers'

For all who believe that knowledge is power, I applaud you. Learning and experiencing is one of the most gratifying things life has to offer. The thought that we are becoming stronger and more adept is awesome! However, not being able to zip-it and give us a break is not awesome.

There are a few ways that you sneak your little annoying facts or bits of information into the conversation.

1. Openly spitting it out. I didn't ask how many yards Marcus Allen ran for the Raiders between '84 and '86, or who the 2nd lead singer of Pezheads was. Cut it out.

2. The 'one-upper'. Completely worthy of it's own befuddlement post, the one-upper is a person who responds to anybody's experience or problem by immediately telling a similar story but with a more grand or horrible outcome. Cut it out.

3. (Lastly and the most annoying) Any time we are telling a person of something new we have learned, these people immediately follow up with "you didn't know that?" Cut it out.

Are your comments interesting? They absolutely could be. But if you often find that conversations are cut short after something you have just said or shared, here is a simple suggestion.

Ask yourself "am I saying this to look smarter than everybody else in the room?"
                     …and more importantly…
                     "does this comment warrant a swift kick in the crotch?" If so, cut it out.

5 comments:

Cindy W said...

hahaha...this is true. and truly one of my personal pet peeves

Kristina said...

Whatever. I am way more annoyed with one-uppers than you are. And that's a fact.

-Annie V- said...

yea, but i know this one guy that will kick you in the nads if you one up him. plus, one in five people enjoy one-upping other people.

Maria Thomson said...

You have just giving me a verbal complex...

Connor said...

I've been told that I should start a site called randomfacts.com, but I might just make it 1000randomfacts.com (not real yet), but 1-uppers p.o. me to no end!