Sometimes it's not about what you say. It's how you say it. There are people whose passive-aggressive remarks are so creative, so petty, so next level, you can't help but respect their words. Even if you're on the receiving end.

Yes, passive-aggressive behavior can be a symptom of several mental disorders, but it's not considered to be a distinct mental health condition. Even though this type of behavior can affect a person's ability to create and maintain healthy relationships and can cause problems at work, there are ways to manage it so that it doesn't have a negative impact on someone's quality of life.

So let's hope the folks who ended up on this list are managing it just fine!

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Cactus McCoy
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1 month ago

She's a keeper

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Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist, whose specialties include relationships, told Bored Panda that passive-aggressive behavior is behavior that communicates how a person is feeling, but not in a clear or direct way. "As a result, the recipient of this behavior often may be confused or miss the real reason the person being passive-aggressive is acting or talking a certain way," Thomas explained. 

As you can see in the pictures, people exhibit passive-aggressive behavior in a number of different ways. According to Thomas, they can do so through words and/or actions, and examples include slamming things, getting overly defensive, yelling, getting overly emotional, having a negative tone or words, etc. all for seemingly no reason.

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Burn!!!! 💩🐕

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Passive Aggressive Note At This Diner...

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Miocha
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1 month ago

hahahahaha

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If uncontrolled, passive-aggressive behavior can have grave consequences to relationships between people in families, romances, and even in the workplace. So why is this destructive behavior so common?

"A person can be passive-aggressive for a variety of reasons," Thomas said. "Some of these include having a fear of confrontation or conflict, not knowing how to express oneself with direct communication, having difficulty or being unable to identify what one is feeling, having self-doubt or ambivalence about what one is thinking or feeling, not wanting to emotionally hurt the other person with the direct message, etc."

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My Friends Mom Is Extremely Passive Aggressive

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Falcon
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1 month ago

Who digs up somebody elses flowers... that's messed up.

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This passive aggressive car sticker...

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Falcon
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1 month ago

OK, I legit need this sticker. I dislike driving in general, and that's one of the reasons why.

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Some experts suggest that the roots of passive-aggressive behavior may lie in a person's upbringing. For example, if someone was raised in an environment where the direct expression of emotions was discouraged or not allowed, they may feel that they cannot express their real feelings more openly, so they may instead find ways to passively channel their anger or frustration.

But situational characteristics can also have an impact on passive-aggressive behavior. When you are in a situation where displays of aggression are not socially acceptable, such as dealing with business partners or certain family members, you might be more inclined to respond in a covert way when someone makes you angry.

Also, as Thomas pointed out, being assertive and emotionally open at the same time can be hard. When standing up for yourself is difficult or even scary, passive-aggression might seem like an easier way to deal with your emotions without having to confront the source of your anger.

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Passive Aggressive Neighbours At Their Best

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beja flor
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1 month ago

This is genius 😂😂

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My gym is pretty passive-aggressive

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Oof! A lot of males insecure in their masculinity are suddenly returning their weights.

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It sounds self-explanatory, but in order to defuse passive-aggression, you have recognize it. Sulking, backhanded compliments, procrastination, withdrawal, and refusal to communicate are all tell-tale signs of passive-aggression.

"Although each situation varies, a good response to someone who is being passive-aggressive to you is to be clear and direct in a non-confrontational, calm way with that person," Thomas said. "First, point out your confusion if that person is upset about something that involves you. Let them know that his or her words or actions seem out-of-proportion and out-of-place to the given situation and that you would like him or her to tell you directly if there is something upsetting him or her related to you. Hopefully, this will either make that person aware of their passive-aggressive behavior and take steps to decrease or stop behaving in those ways and/or make it easier to share what they really are upset about."

However, if they mean no harm and you're OK with their attitude—maybe their light-hearted, poetic passive-aggression even cracks you up—share it with the Internet. We appreciate a good one-liner when we see one.

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Passive Aggressive Parking Manager

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Verena Gitterle
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1 month ago

The pride of an artist

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#9

My Roommate Put This On Our Fridge

My roommate put this on our fridge

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Lotten Kalenius
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1 month ago

Copying this.

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#10

So Close

We just moved into a townhouse with a 2 car garage and my roommate doesn't quite leave me enough room to park (My car is the silver one). I came home around 2:30 and was not having it so I pulled up as close as I could to her so I could fit. I had the same amount of room on the driver side. I don't know if I could do that again so I thought I would share before this gets downvoted to usersub hell.

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Falcon
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1 month ago

it's like they're holding hands 😁

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I Woke Up To Find A Message From My So...

I woke up to find a message from my SO...

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Cactus McCoy
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1 month ago

It's so true. Beard hairs are. The. Worst.

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Passive Aggressive Revenge.

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Something
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1 month ago

But does that include the roots? They're great for dandelion coffee.

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Priscilla Reshell
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1 month ago

lol wish i named mine that

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The passive aggressive sign at I place I'm visiting.

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Fish Boden
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1 month ago

It's absolutely correct though.

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British passive aggressiveness at it's best

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Wilf
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1 month ago

Leave a gate how you found it. It it was closed, close it behind you. If it's open, leave it open. farmers have reasons for leaving gates open too!

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#16

University Parking Authority Passive Aggressive Is In Its Own League.

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Will Cable
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1 month ago

It annoys me when you see people working in a store on the cash register/till and a customer is on the phone and treating the staff like dog dirt on their shoe.

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My dad found my passive aggressive note that I wrote to the tooth fairy. It was better than I remember.

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Mangrovee
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1 month ago

I love this

Jill Bussey
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1 month ago

My daughter (now in her 40s) still has the note from the tooth fairy that excused tf from leaving money, because tf had been in a crash with a grumpy gnome, but would be there tomorrow night. Actually mummy had no change.

kjorn
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1 month ago

if you don't know it's for the fairy this looks kinda scary...

Johnny
Community Member
1 month ago

You know it's a passive aggressive note when it has a "P.P.S" or, shudder, a "P.P.P.S"

El Dee
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1 month ago

Haha! This is great, not rude but to the point. An articulate kid..

Marilyn Slater
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1 month ago

A truly excellent letter!!!

Vicky Z
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1 month ago

Tooth fairy discriminating?😅😅😅

K1tt3n
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1 month ago

This is too good!!!! 🤣 It's so adorable!

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 month ago

The TF, should have given a Huge not of apology and blames the Easter Bunny, and given Triple the tips.

Maureen Peters
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1 month ago

Awesome letter Jennifer E ! No excuses from TF?

Lindy Mac
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1 month ago

You certainly set the Tooth-fairy straight. I wonder if things improved.

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
1 month ago

awwww

Donna Leske
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1 month ago

This kid is too old for Tooth Fairy nonsense.

Christine Ladyman
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1 month ago

Ouch, sounds like my child hood.. the brother was never left out! 🙄

Jamie S. Martindale
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1 month ago

At first I thought T.F. said "Tifi" and it made no sense.

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
1 month ago

This is great. Reminds me sadly of the times I fell asleep and forgot my granddaughter's teeth

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
1 month ago

Funny, but sad that the tooth fairy kept forgetting to take Jennifer's teeth.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dear...bad Dad..

Ashley Wright
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1 month ago

This is frame-worthy

Paige Garberding
Community Member
1 month ago

But did send thank you notes to the Tooth Fairy when she delivered!? NO! Let that be a lesson to her.

Judith Wilson
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1 month ago

I hope you didn't waste that talent! It took me minute, but I finally got it. Now if I can just get up off the floor - - - - -

Alex Hamilton
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1 month ago

OH, Soooo sweet. The subdued junior anger.

Luthor
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1 month ago

Ooof. I feel that.

23AClark
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1 month ago

😆😆😆

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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1 month ago

I should write this to the tooth fairy......

Yort
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1 month ago

Does anyone know what passive aggressive means?

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Thomas Stead
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1 month ago

lol

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Passive aggressive roommate preparing for valentines day.

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Fish Boden
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1 month ago

But, it's not passive aggressive. It's pretty forthright.

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#20

One Very Passive Aggressive App

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

The app has given up on trying to help

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My wife is a little passive aggressive.

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Kristof De Smet
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1 month ago

I wouldn't have added the last line.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Hahaha... but if you don't explain it, then how will the priest give you advice on what to do instead of what you did and how you did it?

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#23

No Onions Please

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Verena Gitterle
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1 month ago

If they don`t listen, why would they read?

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Priscilla Reshell
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1 month ago

shots fired at california ... wait

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Trang Bùi
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1 month ago

why i'm so satisfied with this?

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#26

Getting Some Serious Passive Aggressive Vibes From This Sign

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Do it, do it, do it!

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Something
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1 month ago

Cleaning the lint screen prevents dryer fires.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Wow... just wow

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

I like murals but I don't like tags and quotes on the walls :/

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King Joffrey
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1 month ago

Ok, I'll get creative - Foldername1

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Passive aggressive evangelizing

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Adam C
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1 month ago

lmao

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This is what happens when people submit passive-aggressive office memos where I work.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

This is all out passive aggressive war

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#33

I Saw Some Solid Advertising Around Campus Today.

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Adam C
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1 month ago (edited)

Or like Steve Job said "You're holding it wrong"

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BingeFest1
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1 month ago

I really hate thieves

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#35

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My wife made me a passive aggressive flow chart to use every time I get hungry

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Falcon
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1 month ago

Poor Robbie will be stuck in a loop and starve to death.

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Roland
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1 month ago

I should make that for my teenage stepdaughter.

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cybermerlin2000
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1 month ago

I saw one that said 'If you pee everywhere when it's right in front of you and less than a few inches away then it's too small. Take a seat and protect your shoes'

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Kay blue
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1 month ago

Wow and you only needed an expensive piece of tech to work that out.

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#39

I Need Some Of These

I Need Some Of These

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Kristof De Smet
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1 month ago

not really 'passive' agressive huh?

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Falcon
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1 month ago

I didn't even see the colored in triangle. 🤦‍♂️Confused the hell out of me.

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Marcellus the Third
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1 month ago

Not really passive-aggressive, more defensive?

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#42

This Airline Got A Little Passive Aggressive

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CrazedFalcon17
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1 month ago

Ohhhhhh

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#43

Passive Agressive Gas Station

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

How do you remove the sunglasses if you can't read the message 🤔

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Max Thompson
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1 month ago

You are welcome?

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James016
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1 month ago

For the okayest musicians

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#46

This Passive Aggressive Sign In A Restaurant Bathroom

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Cheri Aline Sydney
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1 month ago

*** Sure, Timny. Like starting with 3 asterisks.... & ending wirh 3 exclamation marks !!!

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Deploy the road spikes!

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#48

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Memere
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1 month ago

I hate coworkers who leave their dirty dishes & lunch trash out for others to clean up - as if they are better than anyone else & can't be bothered.

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Falcon
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1 month ago

Instead they will send the owl to your doorstep 🦉🔪

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#50

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A really passive aggressive license plate I saw today.

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

What vehicle is that, a transformer?

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