Time for another Pet Peeve … this one is really high up on my list, I would say about #3. This Pet Peeve, though, is a real blood pressure buster for me. It’s nothing compared to the “space between exclamatory sentence and exclamation point”-thing; and gossipers ‘aint got nothing on it either. What could be so bad, you ask? People who excessively interrupt.
I’m not referring to people that accidentally walk into a room while you are putting the moves on your girlfriend in hopes that she will finally put out. I’m also not talking about a person who has to stop a conversation for a bathroom break or to let their wife know they’re going to be home late. Nope, I’m just talking about people who in the course of conversation cannot stop themselves from cutting in with their own, random bullshit.
In my mind, there are five major types of interruptors. With the exception of the first, they are all enough to make me need a blood pressure cuff to make sure I’m not about to stroke out; although, each have their own subtle nuances to the craft of being an arrogant asshole.
#1 The occasional, harmless interrupter. This person doesn’t actually realize that they are interrupting, and if they do they usually stop and apologize for it. This happens to me once in a while and it’s usually when I have been around people that interrupt a lot – I just get used to feeling like I need to get my word in before someone else talks me out of the room. While interruptions of all kinds are pretty damn annoying, this one is probably the least abominable.
#2 On the lower end of the annoyance spectrum, there is also the person who just plain interrupts. This person was very likely raised in a barn, or a family of uneducated and impolite hillbillies, because they really believe it is just an Okay thing to do. Very likely, there is nothing behind their interruptions except for the fact that they have absolutely no manners or common sense. I don’t have much to say about these people except for the fact that they need to get some formal training in social etiquette.
#3 The corporate executive who always has to cut you off to take a phone call. This interruptor may or may not actually be a corporate executive, but they sure as hell think they are. While I get that sometimes people do have important phone calls to take, nothing is more annoying than getting that “one second” finger held up in your face while a phone call is taken. Every time this has happened to me, the phone call could have waited, reminding me of how little importance I and our conversation was to the interruptor. The thing these interruptors can never seem to grasp is that just because you have a cell phone does not mean you always have to answer it.
#4 That asshole who is clearly not paying attention to you and then interrupts you. This person is horrible on two levels: first, they are not paying attention to you; second, they then interrupt you. You can always tell this is happening because prior to interrupting you to talk about their own bull shit, they’ll periodically go “uh huh” .. “yeah,” while looking at something else (like a cell phone or television). This is particularly frustrating simply because an interruption, alone, says that what you have to say is not important, but to precede that by clearly not paying attention – well, I have to ask why are we talking if I am that uninteresting to you?
#5 The worst of all interrupters is that complete douche that not only interrupts you, but often finishes your sentences and/or pays absolutely no attention to what you have to say the entire time while finishing what you have to say. This is so goddamned annoying: when people interrupt me and then finish my sentence for me. The other day I was talking to someone about our plans in a few weeks and he kept interrupting me and finishing my sentence. By the end of the fifteen minutes of this back and forth process rife with frustration, our plans were no more set in stone than they had been before the conversation even began – simply because he kept interrupting me and finishing my sentences with the opposite of what I was actually saying. To this interruptor, it is not only a matter of “why are we talking if I am that uninteresting to you?,” but also a matter of “if you already know the answer, why the fuck did you ask?”
If you are a friend or family member of me, it is very possible that I am referring to you in this post, simply because so many of you do these things all the time. To you: please stop. There are even a few of you that fall under #s 4 and 5, which begs I ask myself the question: why the hell am I hanging around you? I’m not suggesting that we all go out and tell the interruptors of the world that they are stark-raving douche bags – that would be uncouth. I’m simply suggesting that we all consider whether we are doing one of these five interruptions and mend our ways.