Post # 1
So, today at work we had a Daffodil Tea for the Canadian Cancer Society. There was a guest speaker doing a speech, and towards the end one of our staff came into the back of the room and started having a full fledge conversation with someone!!! I was SO annoyed, I turned around and shushed them. Well after (the speaker was still talking) she came up to me and told me off that she doesn’t appreciate being told Shh and she thought I was very rude. Well needless to say, I took her out of the room and put her in her place.
Here is my question…Why do people get so offended by Shhhh? Really, I’ve seen this before where people just think that is so rude! Do you find Shhhh offensive?
Post # 3
No! It’s definetly not offensive and is easier than saying something!
Post # 4
I think you were totally justified putting her in her place, fyi, fwiw, acronym, etc. But I think some people get offended by shushing just because it’s kind of a huffy, intense sound. One can’t shush at a decent volume without getting an ugly look on one’s face and probably spitting a little bit. 🙂 I’m sitting here trying to shush politely with a smile on my face and I’m sure I look positively demonic. I scared the cat.
Like I said, you probably weren’t rude or wrong at all, but in my experience politely saying, “Excuse me, could you please take your conversation outside?” or something might be equally or more effective.
Post # 5
I would have been annoyed as well having to hear other people talk during something important. I don’t blame you one bit. If she thinks what you did was RUDE well apparently she doesnt know that talking during something like that is RUDE
Post # 6
@Beluga: I just burst out laughing because I, too, tried to “Shhh” with a smile on my face and I looked so crazy, Fiance was like “Wtf are you doing?!”
Post # 7
@Beluga: I’m sitting here trying to shush politely with a smile on my face and I’m sure I look positively demonic. I scared the cat.
Post # 8
I kinda get it. I can see how she might think it was rude of you to use a sound at her rather than to talk to her. You shush children. *However* if she’s really concerned with what’s polite, she should’ve had her mouth shut in the first place, and probably deserves whatever you said to her later.
Post # 9
hahaha you ladies crack me up! The scared cat was the best 🙂 I just don’t understand why people get all bent outta shape if someone says shhhh…is it really the end of the world?