I’ll admit, I am guilty of some passive aggressive note writing in my time. And like all of those on the hilarious gem of a site Passive Aggressive Notes, they stem from when I had to share my space with someone, either a roommate or a co worker. These days if I need something done, I just yell directly (sorry Hub!) No need to pussyfoot around issues anymore.
My notes, like many on the site, always had to do with cleaning, or more properly put, the lack of. Dishes were a constant theme. I once had a roommate who never did them. Or only did them when she needed them, then left them overflowing in the sink until the next time. I can’t tell you how many times I left her notes about how “we” needed to try to clean up better after ourselves. Reasons ranged from cockroaches to company. It all came to an abrupt end when I carried a sink full of dirty, greasy dishes into her room and left them on her bed with the shining star in my passive aggressive note hall of fame “Here, I’m sick of looking at these. Why don’t you look at them for awhile!” (oh, how I wish I would have kept that.)
Passive Aggressive Notes compiles “painfully polite and hilariously hostile writings from shared spaces around the world.” I can spend hours marveling over the site. As mentioned, cleanliness is a very popular theme, with the microwave (damn you Deborah!) and random hairs being a real sore spot to a lot of passive aggressive note writers. Stealing is another hot topic, with the theft of the Hot Pocket apparently on the rise (they are quite delicious).
One thing to keep in mind if you need to write a note of your own. Use ALL CAPS. It helps the person to know that you really mean it. Also, whenever possible, underline key points, preferably with a different color. And for a true passive aggressive masterpiece, add hearts.