- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Scene: you’re in some kind of public setting, and two or more people are having a loud conversation where they are trying to figure out the answer to a question. You are very much aware of the answer to the question, but the two people having the discussion don’t seem to have a clue and most of their guesses are wrong.
“What does ‘S.A.D stand for? I know it’s Seasonal Something Disorder, but what does the A stand for?” “I think it’s Attitude, maybe? Seasonal Attitude Disorder?”
“What stop should we get off at to visit the White House? Why isn’t there a White House stop? Maybe we just get off at the Capitol and walk — it can’t be that far, right?”
“What’s that disease called when you fall asleep all the time? Nymphomania?” “It’s sleep apnea, I think.”
[these are all real examples of actual conversations I have overheard]
What do you do? Do you ever hop in and quickly let the people know the info they’re wondering about? I never know if this is rude or not — I mean, if you wanted your conversation to be totally private, you wouldn’t have it at full volume in a public place, right? Plus, when people have done this to me, it’s always a welcome relief rather than an annoyance — they’ve saved me from having to whip my phone out and google something, and they’ve ended the speculation phase. As long as the person doesn’t try to STAY in the conversation, it doesn’t bother me.
But on the other hand, I sort of hate doing this because I have no desire to be dragged into someone else’s boring conversation about Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I also don’t want to seem like a smartass who whispers “it’s Seasonal Affective Disorder” and then just walks away without another word.
But on the other OTHER hand, I friggin’ hate sitting there silently listening to people be wrong about stuff. It makes me twitch. So, I try my best to stay out of it unless I really really can’t take it anymore, or unless I think that stepping in will have an actual tangible benefit (like telling tourists which subway stop to get off at when they don’t seem to have a clue). How about you? Do you ever do this? Does it bother you when others do it?