Don’t quote me on that.

April 25th, 2015 · 35 comments

Writes our anonymous submitter: “After a year of passive-aggressive and straight-up rude behavior, my roommate left me this card to sum up just how wonderful of a person she is. Safe to say we won’t be bunking together again next year?”

'Thank you' from the bottom of my heart

related: Oh, gaufre yourself.

FILED UNDER: college life · p.s. · roommates · thanks (but not really)


35 responses so far ↓

  • #1   lulz

    stfu

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Dani

    Lots of apostrophes in that note…unfortunately, none of them are in the one place an apostrophe is actually required…IM? ☺

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Susan

      Those are quotation marks.

      Apr 25, 2015 at 9:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Roto13

      “Please IM me, roomie. My handle is ‘FREE”‘

      Apr 25, 2015 at 9:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   The Beast Among Us

      This should also be posted on that “unnecessary” quotation marks site.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 10:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Roto13

    Like, I get that there are two sides to every story, but how messed up do you have to be to go out of your way to be this bitchy? To actually go out and buy a card?

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   The Elf

      Yeah, even if the roomate was impossible to live with (like the vegan from a few years ago), buying a card and adding sarcasti-quotes implies a certain degree of bitchiness. Just leave and don’t look back.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 8:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Hyacinth

      Somebody once sent me a comic they had clipped from the paper that was unnecessarily rude and snarky. I did send them a aggressive, no passive, card, which essentially read… Naf off. So, you know, there are likely two, three, or even four sides to this story!

      Apr 27, 2015 at 11:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   P

    Roto13, unless I’M the one mistaken, I think you missed the intention behind this one. She wasn’t actually being passive aggressive. She was being sincere. She just didn’t foresee how her quotation marks would make it look like a pass-agg card. (Yes, I think it belongs here anyway. It’s amazing how some ppl use punctuation, even though they presumably learnt it the same way we all did.)

    Apr 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   AP

      Um no…
      She added quotes to the text of the card that the company printed there. You have to be being bitchy on purpose to do that.

      Apr 26, 2015 at 1:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Roto13

      Nobody on Earth is that bad at quotation marks.

      Apr 26, 2015 at 6:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   leslie42395

      You would be surprised. I work at a school and the principal puts quotes around everything, she thinks it adds emphasis. I told her once that it makes it sarcastic but she still does it.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 4:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   The Elf

      Roto, I direct you to the “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks link on Blogroll.

      That said, I am convinced these are sarcasti-quotes and not stupi-quotes.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 8:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Jami

      Eh, even if she was using them in place of underlining words, the “PS: I’M FREE!” proves this IS passive aggressive.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Raichu

      Emphasis quotes drive me “insane”.

      Apr 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   Raichu

      Emphasis quotes drive me “insane”.

      Apr 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Juniper

    Now that’s a card that needs back story. Because the stories this person must be able to tell about just how rude and PA this person is must be legend.

    Apr 26, 2015 at 8:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   TRT

    Air quotes lead to broken fingers.

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Roxy Random

    I had never heard of using quotation marks for emphasis before Weird Al mentioned it in “Word Crimes.” This is a thing? In my day, we had something called an “underline” which did the same job but was less likely to confuse people.

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Jami

      People started doing it online in forums where they can’t use underlining for whatever reason. Personally, I use * around a word I want to *emphasis*. I know that’s not what it’s for, but it’s better than using quotation marks.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   TRT

      I use ** around things that are happening “off-screen”.

      Have I been doing it wrong all these years?

      *facepalms*

      Apr 28, 2015 at 4:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   L

      Both are acceptable to me.

      Like italics can be emphasis, but they can also be stage directions.

      Apr 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   Jami

      I use the * for things like facepalming too. Just when you can’t use bold, italics, or underlining I go straight for the *.

      Apr 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   Lita bang

      *s are actions for me: *stares*

      I mostly use ~s for emphasis these days, I’m not at ~all~ sure where I picked that one up.

      Apr 29, 2015 at 12:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.6   buni

      In another forum I frequent, ~ is used for action and * is used for emphasis.

      Apr 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.7   Raichu

      I use * both for emphasis and offscreen actions. I pretty much only use ~ for sarcasm.

      I use quotes to quote people. Emphasis quotes are the worst.

      Apr 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.8   Matt Nelson

      I think it was big back in the old days of advertising too. I recall seeing old forties and fifties stuff (well, in movies, I’m not that old) feature their “NEW” products! or their “FRESH” items! This naturally cracks me up every time.

      May 8, 2015 at 7:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   The Elf

    After a “year” of “passive-aggressive” and straight-up “rude” “behavior”, my “roommate” left me this “card” to sum up just how “wonderful” of a “person” she is. Safe to say we won’t be “bunking together” again next “year”?

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   kaetra

    I’m confused by PS: IM FREE

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   The Beast Among Us

      It means she doesn’t “charge” for sex.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   dwasifar

      She is reminding the receiver that texting is free, and encouraging her to keep in touch via IM.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 5:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   dwasifar

      She is reminding the receiver that texting is free, and encouraging her to keep in touch via IM.

      Apr 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   TRT

      You mean she doesn’t “charge” for “sex”.

      Apr 28, 2015 at 4:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Lita bang

    ‘I’ ‘don’t’ ‘know’ ‘what’s’ ‘going’ ‘on’ ‘here’.

    Apr 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up