Does anyone else have some big pet peeves about the way people eat? or am I just a big intolerant dork?
I’ve had the aversion since early childhood when my mom taught me not to chew with my mouth open or to scrape my teeth against my utensils. It’s not like she was this horrible despot or anything, but for some reason the lessons she taught me kind of transformed me into someone who couldn’t stand other people’s eating manners.
As a child I played a ‘game’ with my other friends that we were children of the colonial times and weren’t allowed to make any noise at all. I discovered that if I asked them to be quiet they got upset, but if I made it like a ‘game’ then they thought it was fun. So I was able to control them that way.
Now, though, as an adult, I realize of course that it’s my problem and not everyone else’s. It’s still hard for me to eat with some people with particularly atrocious manners. There’s a guy in my office who constantly chomps gum with his mouth really open and makes an enormous amount of noise. He also chews ice which drives me nuts. No matter how much I like or respect someone I have to leave the room when they eat.