Thursday, March 03, 2005

How's it goin, Sport?

Someone was complaining about being called "Hon" or "Sweetie" by people they don't know. They felt quite put upon, and had a lot to say about how it annoyed them. I think they need to lighten up.

People are going to treat us badly -- whether on purpose or not. It's a fact of life. As I see it, we can consider others' bad behaviour toward us as falling into one of five arbitrary tiers:

Level 5: Torture, Rape, pillage, murder.
Level 4: Mugging, assault, stalking, destruction of property.
Level 3: Threats, insults, trash talk.
Level 2: Subtle social putdowns, intentional rudeness masquerading as courtesy.
Level 1: Being called Buddy, Guy, Pal, Chum, Chief, Hon, Sweetie by well-meaning but clueless people.

If your life is so great that all you have to worry about is Level 1 offenses -- or even Level 2 or 3 -- then be grateful and move on ahead. Life is short, and then you're dead -- so don't worry, be happy.

Disclaimer: The above sounds very smug and self-satisfied, like I'm always completely level-headed and nothing ever annoys me. I am pretty calm, but we all have little stuff that bugs us, and I'm no exception. But I just can't see getting my knickers in a twist about something like this, that's generally so well-meant and innocuous.

3 Comments:

At Thu Mar 03, 04:17:00 PM PST, Blogger Always Smiling said...

You bring up good points, hon! :-)

*teasing*!

I have someone in our office who always ends each sentence with, right hon? The first time she said it to me, it surprised me. I hung up the phone and asked.."Does She call everyone hon?" After I was assured she did I just smiled.

Oh well..i think it's kind of cute some days!

 
At Thu Mar 03, 04:56:00 PM PST, Blogger Erik said...

my co-workers and i like to try and come up with the most annoying ones we can think of. i like 'tiger', because it implies a romantic familiarity, as well as being condescending.

no, my co-workers and i don't have lives. thanks for asking.

 
At Thu Mar 03, 06:11:00 PM PST, Blogger No_Newz said...

I like sweet cheeks myself. ;)
Lois Lane

 

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