15 Mar
Could My Friend BE Any More Annoying?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

My best friend’s new speaking mannerisms are really annoying.  For some reason, she’s turned into Chandler Bing from “Friends” and now everything is “Can I BE any more upset/happy/whatever about this” and also into Michael Scott from “The Office” with the “That’s what SHE said” retort.

It’s been going on for months, and now I dread talking to her and don’t know how to respond to her new ‘”humor.” Help?

Signed,

Hoping It’s  Not A Brain Tumor

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Dear Hoping,

Assuming that the brain scan comes back negative, you have to decide whether it’s easier to bear your friend’s new tic or have a discussion with her.  But be warned: discussions with friends that center on how annoying they are tend to backfire.  For some strange reason, the friend seems to spend less time thanking you for being forthright and more time retaliating with your own heretofore unmentioned foibles.

So if you’re not ready to tell her that you’re not enjoying this new humor, why not play a drinking game with it instead? Every time that she channels Chandler, you take a sip of champagne.  Or if you’re not a drinker, a line of coke.  You’ll be laughing along with her in no time!

But if  for some strange reason you’re not comfortable with substance abuse, you’re going to have to talk to her.  Be gentle. Tell her that you just don’t get these new jokes and that repetition isn’t making them any better for you.  Be prepared for a bit of push back and don’t be defensive. She’s entitled to feel hurt about it.  But she’s also entitled to feel grateful that you told her to her face and not by sending her a link to an advice column or something.

Good luck (that’s what she said),

Marinka, TMH

6 Responses to “Could My Friend BE Any More Annoying?”

03.15.10#1

Comment by Keyona.

Smack her and tell her to stop that shit. She’ll forgive you…..I hope.

03.15.10#2

Comment by Wendi.

You mean nobody in the PTO likes it when I talk like Spongebob?

03.15.10#3

Comment by Lisa.

I don’t get why she just doesn’t stare blankly and say something like, “Um, not so funny the 833rd time.” Who are these people who can’t just talk to their friends? Why is this such a big brouhaha?

Heather Reply:

But substance abuse is so much more interesting.

03.15.10#4

Comment by Lisa Rae @ smacksy.

Fab advice as always…

I’m thinking if all else fails – instead of real conversation, hit her back with some, “Whazuuuuuuup?” “Show me the money!” or “It’s all good!” and see how that goes.

Amirite, Ladies? That’s what I’m talking about! Woot! Bam!

admin Reply:

Urrite! I did that wrong, didn’t I?

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