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They Said What!?!?

Most of you, myself included, have been taught from a young age that eavesdropping is wrong and that it isn’t nice to listen to other people’s conversations. After all, how would we feel if someone listened to your conversations and repeated what was said. Now that I am older, 34 years old to be precise, I know this is still very much true. However, I don’t know too many, if anyone, that actually abides by this.

We ALL listen to the conversations around us. Sure, there may be times when you are focusing all your attention on something and ‘tuning’ everything around you out, but if you hear friends or coworkers or even someone you don’t know next to you talking, it’s almost instinctive to listen in.

Not necessarily because you think you will hear some juicy gossip or big secret, but because it’s natural to be aware of your surroundings and what’s taking place. If it just so happens that you hear the latest and greatest gossip…..BONUS!

I admit to being guilty of eavesdropping as well. If I’m at work and my girls are talking about something, I will listen for a minute or two to see if it pertains to work and if there is anything that I can add to help out. Don’t we all like to add our two cents?

And I admit to certainly being guilty of listening to people’s conversation that I don’t know. That’s usually when I hear the good stuff. The stuff that has nothing to do with me but still makes me say, “Did they really say that!?!?”

All of the above leads me to what I heard earlier today as I was heading to the cafe located next door to the high school. There were two students leaving for the day, a male and female student. The only piece of the conversation that I heard as they walked by was the male student saying “It was so cold that my nipples were hard enough to cut glass.” Not something I expected to hear coming from the high school student passing me by so I did a double take.

So many times I am often left wondering, “Did they really say that?” or “They said what?”

3 responses

  1. seems every man and his dog has a cell phone these days so it’s very difficult NOT to overhear part of someone else’s conversation !

    January 14, 2012 at 3:07 am

    • I couldn’t agree more and it’s usually the guy (or girl) on their cell phone in the middle of the restaurant that is the loudest. 🙂

      January 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

      • It’s annoying, isn’t it ?

        I think if you are dining with a companion, it’s rude to take a call on your cell phone. For the duration of the meal, your attention should be focussed on the person(s) you are dining with and not the person at the other end of the phone.

        It’s also rude to impose your one-sided cell phone conversation on the ears of other diners in the restaurant

        I read recently of a great idea that seems to be catching on – folk dining together put their cell phones in the centre of the table for the duration of the meal. If a phone rings during the meal, it’s to be ignored. The person who can’t resist answering their phone pays the cost of the meal for all the party 😆

        January 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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