I wonder if I’m getting bitchier with age or am I [further] developing a passive-aggressive defense mechanism for dealing with service and contact people within the Swedish system. Or maybe it’s my Swedish. I don’t know but today before lunch I’ve already:
A. Walked away from a pointless discussion forcing a crocodile smile and a poorly disguised patronizing “OK” response. And
B. Employed rather cheekily (that’s a nicely borrowed British term that needs to be picked up by Americans) the same usage of “I’ve already said this a number of times” after a “helpful” (not) person said it to me when I asked for additional instructions. (I got to point out that her repeated explanation didn’t apply since I had repeated that I was past the point she was sure I was still stuck at.)
I was inwardly snickering at my sassy attitude.
In the case of B we ended our conversation very pleasantly which got me to reflecting on what had just happened. I was snappy and threw back her flippant remark as a challenging joust and she either took it in stride or found it merely natural development.
Am I only now learning how to play the game?