Just For Fun: Charley's 5 Things!!

Are you being judged?
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Of course, we've all heard "judge not, lest ye be judged." But sometimes people do things when they should know better (or maybe they just don't care), and it drives the rest of us crazy! These are just some of the little every-day annoyances that I'm silently judging you on. Do you do these things or silently judge others when they do?

1. Using the words "nasty" or "disgusting" in regards to foods you just don't like

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Look, I don't like every single food on the planet either. But are grapes really "nasty" as in, physically nauseating?? Does macaroni & cheese really arouse revulsion in you, resulting in "disgusting"? They are both super-strong descriptive words, and I don't think they apply in most cases with normal foodstuffs. Worms, on the other hand...

2. Not Zippering In Traffic And Telling Others They Are Rude When They Do

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People, instead of all slowing down and getting into the free lane the minute you see a "merge" arrow, continue down the closing lane and zipper together into the free lane. I once had a tractor trailer scoot over to block both lanes because he didn't want me driving up to the front, as I am supposed to do! Don't believe me? According to an article in USA Today, "A zipper merge is recommended because leaving a lane unoccupied as a result of early merging is inefficient. It only makes traffic heavier, proponents say." So there.

3. Using "Seen" When You Should Use "Saw"

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There is never, ever a time to say "I seen Linda" or "I seen where the store is closed" or any other use of "I seen". EVER! Yet I hear tons of people say it and write it all of the time. Saw is the past tense of see, and is a standalone verb. Seen is the past participle and needs a helping verb, i.e. have seen. I'm not trying to give you an English lesson, I'm just telling you, please stop saying seen when your eyes looked at something in the past. You saw it. Thank you.

4. Obscure Facebook Posts

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We all have a Facebook friend who does this on the regular. Maybe you've even done it a time or two yourself: put up a post like "Prayers please. God knows the need." Or, "this is the worst day!" leaving it intentionally vague, then when people ask what is wrong, they just say, "I can't talk about it." Then why did you put it out there for the whole world to see? Your friends want to be there for you, but if you need them enough to bring attention on social media to a problem that you are having, then respect them enough to tell them what is going on. Or keep it private, where it probably belongs.

5. Doorway Etiquette

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When two people approach a hallway or doorway at the same time heading towards each other, who goes first? To avoid the awkward doorway dance, follow this logic: whoever is exiting goes first. Well, what if you're just passing each other and no one is actually leaving? I was always taught that you step aside for someone who is older, outranks you, or if you are male & they are female. Kids should always allow adults to walk through first, and in the case of doing the awkward hallway dance, just step to your right and everyone should be able to move along nicely.

What little things do people not even realize they are doing that annoy the heck out of you? Hit me up on Facebook or Instagram and let's silently judge together!

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