Smarter than the average, um, bear (was Re: Checking in)
irina at valdyas.org
Tue Jan 27 02:54:16 EST 2004
On Tuesday 27 January 2004 05:25, Melissa Proffitt wrote:
> On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 10:25:53 -0700, Robyn Starkey wrote:
> >> BOTH the I-feel-really- stupid look AND the "Wow, you're so smart,
> >> it's just amazing how much you know" self-deprecation.
> >This reaction is rude. Just ask Miss Manners. It's rude because they
> > are trying to make you feel bad about being smart.
> It *is* rude, made worse by the fact that most people who do this to
> me have exactly no idea they are being rude. They seem to think of
> it as coping with inadequacy or, I don't know, giving you a
> compliment. I'm not kidding.
The times I've had it done to me it stopped me letting on that I knew
anything at all in that company. I *especially* hate it when it's
coupled with Gratuitous Use of First Name ("you always know so well,
> (on that note, did I mention we nicknamed our new kitten Wee Mad
Ooh! Is he ginger? And what will you do when he grows up to have the
figure of Henry VIII? (like our tomcat, whom (!) we prophylactically
called Hendrik, and now he *is* the same shape as said monarch)
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