My apologies to those of you who don’t watch Seinfeld- I might have seen every episode and thrown a party at my house when the last episode aired.
Anyway, there’s an episode where George’s co-worker notices him stuffing himself with shrimp cocktail and remarks: “Hey George, the ocean called; they’re running out of shrimp.” Poor George doesn’t think of a retort until after he’s walked away.
“The jerk store called, they’re running out of you!”
Yeah! Take that!
So this is an informal poll. I always proofread what I write, be it an email, blog post, or even a comment. And while I’m obviously not running around insulting people online, I’m constantly finding things I would change after it’s too late.
In one of his books (can’t remember which one), Barack Obama wrote that years after his book was published, he still cringes at awkward sentences he wishes could be changed. I know that will be me once Hatshepsut gets published- I’ll never be able to read it without the Jerk Store effect.
What about you? Do you suffer from Jerk Store Syndrome?