Ladies and Gentleman, please raise your hand if you have ever heard the words Bete Noire before. Now raise your other hand if you know what Bete Noire means.
I have no clue what Bete Noire means. Google is your friend…and mine…so I had to google it to find out what the heck it meant. On a side note – when did “google it” become synonymous with “search for it on the internet”. Can I still google it via Yahoo or Bing?
The meaning of Bete Noire is “someone or something you especially dislike”. More or less “someone/something you absolutely hate”. I came to find out that it’s a French word/phrase. (Since this is something related to the French, I know one of my readers (Who Posted This?) is going to rip on the Frenchies. Go ahead, I’m ok with that.
So tell me - do you Bete Noire anyone or anything? I most certainly do.
(Please don’t call me – if I want something, I’ll call you at )
People who go out of their way to listen to your phone conversation.
(A little privacy please? Hello, please don’t invade my personal space.)
(Why is there always a traffic jam in the direction that I’m driving? And why is my lane always the slowest moving lane - even when I switch lanes?)
Long TV commercial breaks, especially on Indian television
(I took a nap in the afternoon, woke up and they STILL haven’t ended the commercial break yet)
People who never say “I don’t know” for any question.
(Even if they don’t have a clue, they will just smile like an idiot as their response.)
Somebody sitting in your seat when you board an airplane
(Why does this always happen to me. Hey pal…that’s my seat 2B. So I want your stinky body 2 B out of my seat before you contaminate it.)
People who ignore their children when their kids are being completely obnoxious in public
(Hey parent…if you don’t discipline that kid then I will. Don’t think I won’t.)
Long lines at theme parks
(30 minute wait for a 30 second ride. Ugh! Torture. Why do we do this to ourselves. And we pay money for this torture too. No thanks, I’d rather chew on some broken glass).
People who laugh at their own jokes
(Ummm ok. So tell me, was that funny? Please let us do the laughing if really THAT funny.
LOL…HA! Bwahahaha! HA HA HA!
I’m so funny today. Yeah, except that you’re not.)
LOUD Cell phone talkers
(OMG! Hey buddy, I’m not interested in knowing the details of your aunt’s toe surgery. Tone it down a bit so I can discipline your kid who by the way is behaving badly)