13 annoying communication habits that must end

Do you wish someone ‘Happy Birthday’ on Facebook, or shorten someone’s name right after you meet them? Knock it off!

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Last year I wrote a list of 16 annoying communications that must end in 2011. It was one of my most popular articles of the year. Given that my crankiness is in demand, I decided to put together a new list of annoying communications for 2012.

1. Shortening someone’s name right after you’ve been introduced

Almost everyone who has a long first name, for which there are many shortened versions, must deal with this. Call a person by their name and no other version. If a person introduces themselves as “Elizabeth,” call her that. You may want to call her “Liz” but that’s not what she wants. Don’t do it.

What’s far more irritating is when the name shortening happens immediately after an introduction.

“My name is Robert.”

“Hi Rob.”

“Hi Shmuck.”

2. Not remembering someone’s name right after you’ve been introduced

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