According to Allie Brosh at Hyperbole and a Half, the appropriate action to take when confronted with a close talker is:
This image alone made me laugh so hard I thought I’d ruptured a lung. Wheezing and hacking. Tears. Literally.
What’s this have to do with the usual word-nerdery on this blog? Well, this is from a post entitled “The Awkward Situation Survival Guide.” And one of those situations is encounters with close talkers. And talking (close or otherwise) is linguistic. Or something.
Whatever. It’s funny and I couldn’t keep it to myself. But even better news is that I browsed through more posts and found one that actually (no really, I mean it) has to do with grammar and apostrophobes!
Here it is: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything.
Thank you, Stacey, for alerting me to this blog, and thank you, Ms. Brosh for teaching me how to act in public.
Image: Allie Brosh