Belittlification

When someone has been insulted or put down in some way, they often say “that [expletive] made me feel this big“, and they put their fingers very close together to demonstrate that they feel about half a centimeter big. I have never understood this. Do people literally get the sensation that they have shrunken in size after being insulted? Or is it just a metaphor for feeling bad, with being small assumed to be a bad thing?

But that ain’t right, because I have known plenty of small things that are very good, such as small dogs, small pieces of chocolate, hamsters, certain neurotransmitters, and Tom Cruise.

Maybe I just haven’t been insulted enough to get the full brunt of this sensation. Next time you see me, please, let off a real zinger so I can go all Honey I Shrunk the Kids.1

1 Then kick your ass.


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8 responses to “Belittlification”

  1. E Flo Avatar

    I also hate it when people to the quotation mark things with their hands. eek.

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    I also hate it when people to the quotation mark things with their hands. eek.

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  3. Butchie Avatar

    I hate that it is now acceptable to use “disrespected” as a verb. RRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

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    I hate that it is now acceptable to use “disrespected” as a verb. RRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Phronk Avatar

    E Flo: I “love” < HREF="http://quotation-marks.blogspot.com/" REL="nofollow">misused quotation marks<>. Air quotes allow them in conversation as well as writing, which is “great.”Butchie: Yeah, when people disrespect me by using disrespected as a verb, I feel <>this big<>.

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    E Flo: I “love” misused quotation marks. Air quotes allow them in conversation as well as writing, which is “great.”Butchie: Yeah, when people disrespect me by using disrespected as a verb, I feel this big.

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  7. Jack Avatar

    I feel larger when I get chewed out. Like a bigger target.

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    I feel larger when I get chewed out. Like a bigger target.

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