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A recent survey was done on passive aggressive phrases and behaviors. Almost all of those surveyed (99%) have experienced someone being passive aggressive and 82% admit to being passive aggressive themselves.

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If you live in the south beware of your co-workers and your mom! The south and northeast were rated the most passive aggressive regions of the US. Co-workers were chosen as the most passive aggressive people we interact with, followed by moms.

Worst passive aggressive phrases

 1.  “You’re too sensitive.”

 2.  “Why are you so upset?”  So that’s two that just undercut how someone’s feeling.

 3.  “No offense, but . . .”  Which is usually followed by something that IS offensive.

 4.  “Whatever.”

 5.  “Sure, if that’s what you want to do . . .”

If you don’t want to come off as passive-aggressive do not TEXT the letter “K” instead of “okay.” “K” was voted the most passive aggressive text you could send.

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Read the the entire article and the entire list of passive aggressive phrases here