Remember the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Remember that part where they were at the Sears Tower (I think) just taking a break. Cameron is idly hitting his cheek with his finger, producing a “dwooop” sound?
When I first heard that sound, my reaction was, “How’s he making that sound, what with his mouth?” So I started slapping my own face in various ways until I too can now do the dwoop.
The problem is it has turned into a nervous habit. I do it when I’m thinking deeply about something at work, when I’m just wool-gathering, sometimes when I’m driving. It drives everyone nuts.
On a road trip with several buddies in the van, my friends vowed to break me of the habit. For the entire trip every time I dwooped someone punched me in the arm. The result: a sore arm, no less dwoop.
Enough about me: A cow-orker of mine cracks his knuckles, all the time. One I used to work with started almost every sentence with “Certainly.”
What habits do you do that you know annoy others but (knowingly or unknowingly) you do it anyways? What habits of those around you get on your nerves?