16 responses to “I have this thing where I need to whang on you with a tire iron.”

  1. Anonymous

    Don’t have a witty picture. Not feelin the subject line either

    Men want to do the tire-iron thing. A woman would just think, “My brother’s girlfriends are being cloned”.
    The corollary and analogue to this is the Blank-Eyed Colleague or Dinner Partner who assumes the look of a starlet delivering a witty payoff line when they repeat the same DAMNthang you just said.

  2. eyeteeth

    I used to have this problem with my ex-boyfriend, whose sense of humor was not compatible with mine. It is tremendously frustrating. Because you are being assailed with your own idea by a person who doesn’t get it, I propose that this phenomenon be called “hoist with your own retard.”

    1. jpeace

      Delicious. I’m using that, fanks.

  3. catamorphism

    Can you give a concrete example?

  4. hotelsamurai

    My brother and I used to have a term for it, I think, but I forget what it was. “Claiming the point” about sums it up – as in, “that bastard is claiming cleverness points to which he is not entitled” – but there must be a more elegant expression of the concept. I’ll bet you the French already have a word for it.

    The only satisfaction I get in that situation is to act astoundingly obtuse in return, feigning incomprehension of simple concepts. The type of people who think they came up with “your” idea or punchline on their own are the very same type who won’t catch on that you’re pulling their leg. The reward is a smug, private sense of superiority.

    1. dr_strych9

      I think “claiming the invention” would be more descriptive.

      1. hotelsamurai

        Claim jumping?

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  6. fattmike

    I called it “Working with Stephen”, but since we last worked together over 15 years ago, it’s not like I keep grudges or anything.

    Me at 9AM == I think we should do this, this way.
    Him at 9AM == Nope, can’t work that way. We have to do it this way.
    Me at 9:05AM == Fine, Stephen. (mutters to self that for once I’m not going to argue, let it be a waste of a day, after all, he IS The Boss)
    Me == wastes a few hours, goes to lunch, returns from lunch, continues performing ridiculous task.
    Him at 2PM == I was thinking, maybe the best way to do it is THIS way.
    Me at 2PM == Stephen, good idea. I agree that would be best.
    Me to self == Stephen, don’t you recall that this was the way that wouldn’t work because *I* suggested it at 9AM?????

    Rinse and repeat.

  7. gths

    It’s really odd in a work situation, when you mention an idea to a cow orker, they don’t get it at first, so you explain it to them a little more slowly, they still don’t get it.

    Then a little while later the penny will drop and they’ll suddenly figure it out and think they came up with the idea all by themselves, usually coming back to you and going “hey I’ve got this great idea! Wanna hear it?”.

    I guess it happens to most people, in both roles, at various times, though.

  8. dr_strych9

    I view the deployment of that comma in the final sentence as a positive sign.

  9. jakeinhartsel

    I simply refer to it as, “Ignorance is its own reward.”

  10. yoscott

    What’s even worse is when you’re trying to tell someone something and they don’t quite get what you’re saying, but basically repeat what you said stressing another part of the story, and thinking they’re clever for doing so.

    It makes me angry when this happens, sometimes I think I might like to take a shovel and smack them upside the head with it.


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