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I WAS LISTENING to this episode, Confessions of a Late-Blooming Gen-X Weirdo, on a podcast for women over 40 called, Everything is Fine.
The hosts, Kim [her blog here] & Jennifer, got off on a tangent, which I believe is where the best stuff is on podcasts, and started discussing how petty they were.
I was charmed because it was funny.
But I was also flummoxed because for the life of me I couldn’t decide if I was petty, at least occasionally. Seems like I’ve the potential to be petty, focusing on details like I do and having preferences, but I’D NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT BEFORE.
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SO I DID what I do when I don’t understand something, I researched the topic. I first referred to the dictionary and got meself a definition of *petty* [an adjective] which is related to *pettiness* [a noun].
I also did cursory research on the concept of pettiness and learned that it has nothing in particular to do with intelligence, but is often correlated with people who are argumentative, inflexible, or lacking impulse control.
To be petty means you want people to do things the way you do things and you’ll judge someone negatively if they don’t, vowing to remember what you’d describe as a transgression.
Resentment and vindication can nudge someone to be petty. Plus being petty might not be good for your immortal soul. So there’s that to consider.
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HOWEVER DESPITE MY research I still don’t seem to be able to nail down what it really means to be petty.
➡️ Is pettiness an instance of taking the saying “this is the hill I’ll die on” to an extreme wherein you assert the moral high ground because you know you’re right?
➡️ Or is pettiness more like the embodiment of the passive-aggressive Southern saying “well bless your heart” wherein you voice your disapproval while pretending to be cordial?
➡️ Or is pettiness more like admitting you’re “a stick in the mud”about something that is out-of-date yet your crotchety old self refuses to bow to modernity?
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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Do you consider yourself to be petty? Have you thought about this? Care to share an example of when you were petty?
Do you think I’m petty and just don’t know it or have forgotten about it? I’m human so I must be petty, right?
When stumbling over something you don’t understand do you, like me, turn to the the dictionary to begin your research?
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- an article explaining personality traits of petty people
- a blunt definition of petty
- a delightful tweet admitting to pettiness
- a look at what the Bible has to say about pettiness
- a list of synonyms and antonyms for petty
- a funny article listing examples of being petty
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