Dislike braggarts, people who toot their own horn

I work with two tooters that spend most of the day reminding me and anyone who will listen about their special abilities.  It is a virtual symphony of bragging where I work.  If there’s something I really can’t abide, it’s someone who has to boast and brag about everything.  For example, the people I work with:

Braggart (or Tooter number one, the trumpet), is a want-to-be writer who claims to be a writer at least once per hour.  That means I hear it from eight to twenty times a day!  I write this down, by the way, because I want to be a writer too.  This week she is also a knitter, and we are being blasted with yarns about her knitting business.  Listening to her, one would think she knits for royalty.  She has even brought in a huge collection of knitting projects for our glass display case.

Curiously enough, along with the yarn and needles, she has managed to squeeze in a couple examples of her writing as well.  When I told her I was having trouble with tension, she told me since she was a writer, she would write down some things I could do to help me with my knitting.  Actually, I had tension in my head from listening to her toot.

People who toot their own hornTooter number two, the saxophone, is working on a masters degree.  According to him this is a huge deal, both financially and time wise.  Though, he mostly toots when the boss is around, since our boss has also mastered this subject.  He forgets that we are all college graduates.

Some of us have enough credits to be doctors or lawyers.  Some of us have spent years raising our children and paying for college, as well as coaching our husbands in their careers, and caring for our aged parents.

All of which are expensive and time consuming.  Oops, I just joined the concert and I’m in the violin.

By: Miss perfect

11 Responses

  1. Porkers 30/12/2013 / 8:39 pm

    All over the place people are saying just how wonderful they are. For example there is a dentist in our area who loudly shouts in his advertising that he is one of the best smile studios in town. Who says so?

    This American style vanity has got to stop. No one can trust waht anyone says nowadays. It's all lies, the d@mn phoney world.

  2. grumblingmonk 04/10/2012 / 4:24 pm

    People who are shopping in Garden Centres talk loud when identifying plants and shrubs by the Latin name without looking at the label! Then they look around to see if anyone has heard them while quickly looking at the ceiling as if they really know their stuff. It's worth a smile.

  3. idisliketooters 02/08/2010 / 9:42 pm

    this topic brings me such pleasure to read mainly because, I've met the biggest tooter of all time. He is a former co-worker of mine. Every single conversation that he takes over consists of how wonderful someone of authority thinks of him and how people stop their day to listen to him read to the kids (his is an after-school teacher). After two years of working with this guy, I learned how to listen and nod to his tootiness while thinking of what I should buy for dinner. I think what bothered me the most about his tooty ways is that he never once asked a question about myself. A one-sided tooter is the worst. Do these people have a hard time connecting with others because they are insecure or are they just self-absorbed? I would LOVE to know!

  4. Nehsa 21/06/2010 / 6:02 pm

    I hate when I'm at work and I get new magazines and and everybody wants to read them before I even look at them!!! UGH!!! they don't return on time get it dirty and all ripped and they think its yours. At least ask me if I have read them yet and if not take one that I have already read or ask to see it when I get done. or better yet BUY YOU DARN OWN!!!! I have to sneak in my magazines like I'm stealing.

  5. Bukowski 29/10/2009 / 1:10 am

    Typo in that last message. I meant your not you're. Aaargh

  6. Bukowski 29/10/2009 / 1:09 am

    Mark T
    Interesting about the certificates and I totally agree. I once annoyed someone who had a collection of these by asking stuff like "Is that for you're cycling profficiency test?" or "25 yards swimming certificate?" It's inadvisable to try this with senior management though…

  7. Mark T 01/05/2008 / 10:52 am

    Reminds me of someone I worked with. The pinned certificates for every single training course they'd ever been on to the wall behind their desk so that it was almost papered with them. How pretentious is that?

  8. Zanny 01/05/2008 / 7:29 am

    What about the employee who keeps Thank-You cards from the last 5 years on their noticeboard for everyone to see, or maybe tehy need them as a reminder to themselves of their own self-worth.

  9. Jules 18/03/2008 / 12:23 am

    Braggarts are the pits – its my pet hate too and I've had to suffer the "full of himself" boss as well. God I wish the ground would just open up and swallow these idiots that feel the need to blow their own trumpet at every opportunity. Let's start a war!

  10. Annoyed Worker 31/01/2008 / 12:38 pm

    I don't mind horn tooters when they also recognize other's accomplishments as well. My boss is constantly bragging about how much she has changed the department around but doesn't mention that we did all the work. She brags about work we've done as her own, which everyone hates, and even horn tooted to us what a wonderful, approachable manager she is! I could almost accept the self-praise if she was being honest.

  11. Wilberforce 31/01/2008 / 9:20 am

    People who toot their own horn are just very insecure. It doesn't matter what your job title is, everyone only sits at the same computers anyway. What matters is the character of the person.

    Perhaps they have an identity crisis if they have to confirm their "job title" 20 times per day

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