studying up on bedside manner might not be a bad idea

June 5th, 2007 · 38 comments

CC found this note in one of the study carrels at her large midwestern med school:


this was her response:


(she continues on a second page.)

FILED UNDER: college life · excessive underlining · Michigan · moving/not moving · smartass

38 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Beth

    I was tag surfing from my blog and I found your post. This is so hilarious! Someone definitely needs to get a life!!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 11:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Potbelly

    Wouldn’t it be just as easy to leave one’s junk in another one of the 100 empty cubicles the responder mentions? Rebuttal notes that exceed the length of the original note are generally lame.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 12:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Phoebe

    Well, one thing I’ve noticed about med students is they certainly don’t lack arrogance and self-righteousness!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 12:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   SC


    Yeah, it would have been just as easy, but not nearly as hilarious.

    If people acted maturely in all situations, we wouldn’t have this hilarious website to make us laugh.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 12:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Rachael

    Well, the trolls are certainly off and running. Seriously, wouldn’t it be just as easy for the original note-poster to study in a different cubicle, especially if they don’t “own” that cubicle? Besides, how would the note be as funny if it were shorter? I enjoy reading histarical letters like this one–full of wit and sarcasm. This site is fantastic!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 1:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Cheri

    I love it!!! This is why I read this site!!!

    People are nuts!!!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 1:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   jessie

    I love how the writing gets smaller and smaller because they kept yammering on and on. Awesome.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 1:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Jim

    I thought the respondent was doing so well until the very last line. I have no respect for them now.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 1:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   DonBito

      The last line is totes the icing on the cake. The utter lack of transition from phrases like “phonemic awareness” and “syntax processing” to the closing line is just a brilliant spotlight shone on the genius of this response.

      Nov 23, 2008 at 10:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   psipsina

    Personally, the respondent is my new hero.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 2:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   beth

    personally i think the respondent could’ve done better. short and sweet is always better when it comes to responses to trolls / passive-aggressives.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   mariacristina

    Some people will fight about anything! I would just set the stuff on the floor, then put it back at the end of my study session.

    Why are people obsessed with being Right? Both of the note writers are problematic individuals.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 4:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   A Lesson A Day

    I would like to write a chick-lit novel set in the competitive, high-stakes world of athletic couture, and call it “The Swiftest of Fashions.”

    Jun 5, 2007 at 4:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   bobby

      marry me!

      Jul 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   joebec

    OMG, people have too much fucking time on their hands… seriously!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   jeanette

    what’s so funny is the incongruous last line of the responder’s note “don’t hate the playah, hate the game”


    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   George K

    Underlining words always makes them look more authoritative.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 6:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Potbelly

    SC, of course you are right, and I do love the hilariousness. But this particular response note is so freakin’ hypocritical, humorless and long-winded I can’t even believe it!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 7:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   whatladder

    I suspect sarcastic note-writer number 2 is aware of the identity of note-writer number 1, and that the use of the word “specific” and the length of the note are both designed to piss that person off.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 7:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   whatladder

    Sorry, I meant “personality” not identity.

    Jun 5, 2007 at 7:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   sofia L.S.

  • #20   Erika

    I would NOT want Respondent CC involved in my health care at any level, but I suppose it’s too late and I really will have to kill myself until I’m no longer intellectually or physically literate. It’s clear Respondent CC is a bigger asshole than the author of the original note.

    This website isn’t amusing. It’s merely sick. I wish I had something better to do than pay attention to it: If you’re reading this website or have contributed to it, then know that there is at least one person out there who hates your rotten guts! Man! I’d rather be tied to a bed and electrocuted than have anything further to do with You People. You’re passive-aggressive because you’re spoiled and because your parents and educators have been vile vermin. Die all of you, Die! Or live degraded: don’t expect me to be a part of this crap.

    Jun 8, 2007 at 11:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Hermann

    Underlining words always makes them look more authoritative.

    So does misusing “beg the question.”

    Jun 8, 2007 at 2:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Tom

    Jim (response #8) It wasn’t a respondant, they were respondants. I wouldn’t doubt that after the last paragraph someone said “Oooo Oooo write ‘don’t hate the ‘playah’- hate the game’ at the end!!”
    Besides, two pages of pure wit in response shouldn’t be downsized by one line…..I actually thought it added to it :-D

    Jun 10, 2007 at 12:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   Erik

    Maybe no one else read the third page, but my favorite part of the long, well written, and thought out letter is the signature. Don’t hate the playa, hate the game. That just seals the deal right there.

    Jun 13, 2007 at 2:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Dale

    bonus points for correct use of the word behoove.

    Jun 14, 2007 at 3:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   matty

    ERIKA: “don’t expect me to be a part of this crap.”

    This is the second post of yours that I have seen today. You obviously don’t like this site but you seem to be finding it difficult to navigate away from here. Allow me to help you: click on your address bar and type in and then f**k off.

    Jun 18, 2007 at 1:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   SD

    Erika – as Matty says, what the hell are you doing on here? There are billions of people in this world, and not all of them will share your sense of humour. They are neither wrong nor right, they’re just not you (and I for one am celebrating the fact that I am not you right now, with a little jiggly dance at my desk). You are just plain mean. If you don’t find passive aggression as funny as we do, get out of here and find a site you do like. The clue, you see, is in the name. You were never going to enjoy this. Get a grip and stop seeking out people to hate.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 5:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   dragonfrog

    The respondend uses “beg the question” correctly. All sins are immediately forgiven. Original writer was wrong in all ways, respondend right in all ways.

    This is similar to the principle that any person who says or writes “value-add” shall be wrong about everything for not less than 12 hours following the utterance.

    Jun 24, 2007 at 4:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   RaggDolly121


    Jul 3, 2007 at 10:29 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   John Hopkin

    “Beg the question” means something completely different to what most people think. It’s actually a specific type of logical fallacy in which an assumption is made that is itself not demonstrated or addressed. Hermann is right – it’s a misuse in the context of the note, and the writer should have used “raise the question” instead.

    Don’t worry, it’s a *very* common confusion!

    Jul 29, 2007 at 11:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   kaitlin

    “don’t hate the playah – hate the game” – best part of the whole thing hahaha love it

    Jul 30, 2007 at 8:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #31   Jimmy

    I was just wondering, would the respondent consider marriage, more specifically, to me?

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #32   she slipped the registrar 30 pieces of silver

    [...] our anonymous submitter: “here, you can reserve a carrel for the entire school year, with two students to a carrel. our honor system is such that people [...]

    Sep 14, 2007 at 3:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #33   Sundaeg1rl

    There’s no way these people are doctors. Look how neat their handwriting is!

    Dec 4, 2007 at 7:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #34   Aiki

    … Maybe it’s because I’m an asshole. Maybe it’s because I’m “stressed out”… but if I had received a letter like the first one, I would have left some nearly empty notebook or something in the offending cubicle every day until I saw a letter of apology.

    Jun 24, 2008 at 6:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #35   Anya

    Everything everyone in research science has ever said about Med students and MDs has been proven utterly, utterly TRUE but this exchange. (wonder how long it’ll take that cutesy sorority handwriting to morph into an unreadable scrawl?)

    Besides, Strunk and White will tell you (sort of) that simple is best. A sharpie “SCREW YOU” is both A) just tacky enough and B) quickly and effectively conveys your utter disregard for the petty bullshit of a total stranger. I’ve done it numerous times – lengthy office missives accusing second shift of stealing a ‘dew, lengthy missives from loud downstairs neighbors who think walking across your floor to get to the bathroom at 3AM is unconscionable.

    Screw You – it’s simple and it works!

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #36   bef

    All involved are asshats. FYI – that’s not how “begs the question” is meant to be used. It doesn’t mean that it raises a question. Google it. Learn it.

    Aug 16, 2009 at 9:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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