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Throat-clearing could be sign co-worker has medical condition

There are 205 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 19, 2008, titled Throat-clearing could be sign co-worker has medical condition. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

D ear Amy: I work in an office where we sit in cubicles. A new hire has a very annoying habit of clearing his throat and making grunting sounds constantly.

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Mary C

Nanuet, NY

#52 Jun 20, 2008
"My bet is that the throat-clearing and grunts aren't nearly as bad as you've worked them up to be. I'm sure they started as a mild annoyance and now you're obsessing about it, gossiping with your posse, and building it into way more than it really is.
Build a bridge and get over it."

Ok, now tell me how. I have a froggie next to me who has alergies and the I can tell how bad they are by how disgusting a noise he is making today.

I would LOVE for someone to tell me how to tune him out.
Rational

Waymart, PA

#53 Jun 20, 2008
EEE wrote:
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Amy can't be held responsible for the fact that men are lazy, rude, inconsiderate, misogynistic, STD-ridden swine who would sell their mother's virtue ten times over to get a little cheap trim.
Deep down, we women know that we're better off alone forever than with a man hanging around messing up the place.
All men are good for is taking out the trash. Oh, and jewelry! Don't forget the jewelry.
Exactly, and all women are good for is cooking cleaning raising the kids and bending over so we can get some! If we just could accept these roles society would be doing so much better
Angelique

Portland, OR

#54 Jun 20, 2008
EEE wrote:
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All men are good for.... Oh, and jewelry! Don't forget the jewelry.
Jewelry. Did I just walk in and hear jewelry! Good morning EEE, Rational.
Grampy

South Windsor, CT

#55 Jun 20, 2008
LW2) And Hillary and Bill still are married.
Rational

Waymart, PA

#56 Jun 20, 2008
Court wrote:
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Shame on you! Hitting Amy with it would be a perfectly good waste of purple pleasure, my dear lad.
Come on, tell me you dont secretly yearn to see some righteouos indignant upity person smacked upside the head with a big rubber one? That would be a lifetime memory:)
Angelique

Portland, OR

#57 Jun 20, 2008
Court wrote:
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Shame on you! Hitting Amy with it would be a perfectly good waste of purple pleasure, my dear lad.
Morning Court.
Ann

Chicago, IL

#58 Jun 20, 2008
Suzanne wrote:
One time, this guy across from me kept making slurping sounds even though he wasn't eating or drinking anything. I looked at him & asked him what that noise was. He didn't know what I was talking about. I said it sounds like a slurping noise & I keep hearing it, do you hear it? He said no & started to look around like he had no idea. After a minute or so he slurped again & I looked at him & said, "Oh, it's YOU making that noise". He KNEW he was making the noise. Probably out of habit. He didn't say anything though. But he stopped making the noise got up & left soon after.
I admire your way of dealing with that annoyance! Glad to know you got your point across so effectively - without being rude!

I sit in a close-together "cube farm" at work. Thank God no incessant throat-clearers or gum-poppers but every so often certain co-worker will laugh and chitchat loudly together for considerable lengths of time. I've found that an I-pod or other such device with headphones is helpful in these types of situations. I keep it low enough, of course, so that I can easily hear someone speak to me directly, or my phone ringing, but it's loud enough to tune out most background noise that's annoying and interferes with my concentration on my work.

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#59 Jun 20, 2008
Is this really a topic worthy of discussion?

No.

The lady complaining needs to move or get a new job.
The throat clearer needs to stop smoking or see a doctor.

Get some common sense people.
DKR

Chicago, IL

#61 Jun 20, 2008
Rebecca wrote:
I wanted to do something similar to what LW3 did, except I don't know how to go about "asking" for it. We also don't need anything when we get married, coming from two households... but my dream is to have the guests do something -- something for charity, donation, visit a sick or elderly person, bake cookies and give it to a new neighbor, etc. and then write a paragraph or so about what they did, and stick it into a card for our wedding. I then could make a scrapbook of all the "good deeds" that were started due to our wedding.
Some people think this is tacky, and I for one don't know how I would even request it, even as our wedding date draws closer. It stresses me out so much that I sometimes just want to elope so no one has to buy any presents or do anything for us.
I think it's a lovely idea! I'm sorry the notion of bringing it up has caused you such stress. It's a sad world when we are so uncomfortable mentioning doing kindnesses for others in lieu of gifts that the idea gets scuttled. Why not say just that? "No gifts, please! Instead, do something nice for someone else and tell us all about it in a note to be placed in our guest book." I believe that there will be those who would be pleased to get out from under the burden of paying for a wedding gift. The only complaints I'd anticipate is from the traditionalists: those that will insist on bringing a gift anyway and those that will take offense at any mention of doing anything else.
someone

United States

#62 Jun 20, 2008
Rational wrote:
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Come on, tell me you dont secretly yearn to see some righteouos indignant upity person smacked upside the head with a big rubber one? That would be a lifetime memory:)
Rational, normally i dont care what kind of kinky stuff my fellow man is into but you do realize if you stick it there, it may not be returned to you or may be returned shredded, gnawed, frozen solid or dressed up in a top hat, tails and cane?
Mary C

Nanuet, NY

#63 Jun 20, 2008
Ann wrote:
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I admire your way of dealing with that annoyance!
I've found that an I-pod or other such device with headphones is helpful in these types of situations. I keep it low enough, of course, so that I can easily hear someone speak to me directly, or my phone ringing, but it's loud enough to tune out most background noise that's annoying and interferes with my concentration on my work.
I tried that; it doesn't block all the noise. He has all the whistles and bells turned on on his computer, and his cell phone, he uses his speaker phone whenever he has a conversation and he chit-chats with coworkers constantly.
Joboja

Chicago, IL

#64 Jun 20, 2008
Interesting. Everyone adjusts to the weather differently. When we are in the workplace, we have to be very careful how we keep are area clean. There are so many germs around.

http://www.joboja.blogspot.com
Lily

West Palm Beach, FL

#65 Jun 20, 2008
Rational wrote:
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Good morning Lily! Happy Friday
Happy Friday, indeed!!
EEE

Chicago, IL

#66 Jun 20, 2008
Angelique wrote:
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Jewelry. Did I just walk in and hear jewelry! Good morning EEE, Rational.
Trust you to perk up at the sound of something pretty!

Good morning, you French fruitcake!
pde

Toronto, Canada

#67 Jun 20, 2008
Dienne wrote:
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I had a similar thought (not to mention of all the medical possibilities, Tourette's is probably the least likely). But on the other hand, Amy does indicate that it *might* be a medical problem and gives Tourette's as only one possibility. She doesn't say that's definitely what's going on.
Right, in my case it's called "seasonal allergies."

And I take my medicine, thank you very much. Without it, I'm barely breathing. With it, the upper respiratory system is running junk. And that's the best modern medicine can get me to, unfortunately.
EEE

Chicago, IL

#68 Jun 20, 2008
someone wrote:
Rational, normally i dont care what kind of kinky stuff my fellow man is into but you do realize if you stick it there, it may not be returned to you or may be returned shredded, gnawed, frozen solid or dressed up in a top hat, tails and cane?
Nice!
Eneyer

AOL

#69 Jun 20, 2008
LW #1 We had someone at my job that did a ton of coughing, every day. It did get annoying.
As a result, every time she coughed one of us would break wind. After a few hours of this she was so overcome by the methane that the coughing ceased.

LW #2, the poor guy...That explains why their dogs and cats are so nervous. What kind of woman opts for divorce over lovemaking? He should toss her, change the locks and get someone who will be nice to him (wink wink).

Wedding presents: Give them something embarassing, say, the complete Marilyn Chambers Video Collection or some nasty sexual appliances. Enclose a receipt in case the bride needs to exchange for a bigger one.
Rational

Waymart, PA

#70 Jun 20, 2008
someone wrote:
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Rational, normally i dont care what kind of kinky stuff my fellow man is into but you do realize if you stick it there, it may not be returned to you or may be returned shredded, gnawed, frozen solid or dressed up in a top hat, tails and cane?
If she gets whapped with it it might return in a top hat with cane??? Huh?! LOL
DKR

Chicago, IL

#71 Jun 20, 2008
Suzanne wrote:
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And their good for fixing the car, paying the bills cutting the grass, handiwork around the house - all the stuff we can't or don't like to do.
And...you know. That private activity often done in the bedroom. Can't forget that!

Hey, most men are good for much more than that! I love men and it's absolutely wonderful to have a great man in your life!(If you're fortunate enough.) It's just such a shame that truly great men are hard to find. Yes, I know I'm leaving myself open for a cheap comeback here, but I think you get my point.

Most men are nice, regular guys. There are a few snakes thrown in and more irresponsible committaphobes. Then there are the fixer-uppers....
Rational

Waymart, PA

#72 Jun 20, 2008
EEE wrote:
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Nice!
I dont know Someone/EEE do you think amy hate all things falic?? Could it be that she goes to those parties orders a bunch of them then has a cultish sacrifice ritual kind of like in "The burbs" but she roasts and stabs all falic objects? hmmm....that is scary

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