1. blondini April 29, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    Great article, although I would add starting a story with a completely unrelated anecdote that could be considered altruistic if only the speaker would stop bringing it up–

    “That reminds me of the time I was deworming orphans in Somalia while buiding them a village from my trust fund….”

  2. delialloyd April 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    excellent point. thx.

  3. Linda April 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    I love your blog! I can’t wait to curl up with it (and only wish I could take a bite of that bagel) and read it from cover to cover as it were. Is the expression as it were pompous? To add a sub-category to Tell People How Important You Are: the people who give introductions or eulogies that are ostensibly about the honoree or the newly deceased but instead end up talking all about themselves as in: “And then I told our dearly departed Bob this funny story, and he laughed. And then I winked at him, and he laughed again.”

    Keep it up!

  4. Alice April 30, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Another one that annoys me supremely, but that I have caught myself doing, from time to time… the celeb’ name dropping. Quite funny when it backfires and the party you are trying to impress doesn’t even register!


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