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5 Ways to Passive-Aggressively Annoy Your Significant Other

Updated on June 28, 2012
After a few years, passive aggressive tricks may become a major source of relationship amusement.
After a few years, passive aggressive tricks may become a major source of relationship amusement. | Source

For extra evil...

  • Dip the spoon in water and then roll it in flour each time before replacing it in the sink. This concoction is difficult to clean, especially after an hour or two.
  • Coat the spoon in oil, which will get all over your significant other's hands each time he or she picks it up.

Method One: The Spoon Trick

You will need...

  • A few spoons
  • A boring day when both of you are at home
  • Lots of passive aggressive rage

The Spoon Trick is a sure way to increase the blood pressure of your significant other and maybe even make him/her question the sanity of the universe (or themselves).

  1. Wait until your significant other has cleared the sink of dishes.
  2. Take one of your spoons and set it in an obvious part of the sink.
  3. Wait.
  4. When your partner returns to the kitchen and clears the sink, put another spoon in the exact same spot.
  5. Repeat until there's rage.

Method Two: The Missing Towel Trick

You will need...

  • Ninja stealth skills
  • A working bath or shower
  • No respect for universal karma

The Missing Towel Trick has small up-front rewards but profound long-term rewards, if practiced diligently. Smart passive aggressive activists know to make the missing towel look like the partner's doing.

  1. Wait until your significant other enters the shower.
  2. Enter the bathroom and remove all nearby bath towels.
  3. If your significant other has brought in a towel specifically for the shower, move it to somewhere inconvenient but where he or she might have realistically set it on accident. My personal favorite: the closed toilet seat on the other side of the bathroom.
  4. Repeat for as many showers as possible until significant other begins hunting for towel gnomes.

For extra evil,,,

  • Grab several of your partner's favorite pairs of socks and mix them up with your own socks. Then, exclaim loudly that someone has mixed up all your socks. Blame your spouse.

Method Three: The Mismatched Sock Trick

You will need...

  • Pairs of your significant other's socks in different colors and patterns
  • An intense desire to bring evil into the world

The Mismatched Sock Trick leads to paranoia and confusion on the part of the significant other. If he or she asks whether or not you're responsible, always say "No." If the significant other does the laundry, remind him or her that matching socks is not your responsibility.

  1. Wait until significant other has left the room or house.
  2. Find as many of your significant other's socks with differing patterns and colors as possible.
  3. Hastily remove one sock from each pair and unite it with one from a separate pair.
  4. Repeat every laundry day until death.

Method Four: The Misplaced Shoe Trick

You will need...

  • One unwieldy shoe belonging to your significant other
  • Cat-like movements
  • No desire whatsoever to procreate in the near future

The Misplaced Shoe Trick is the sort of passive aggressive perfection that unites true annoyance with a small chance for minor injury.

  1. Wait until your significant other is occupied elsewhere.
  2. Sneak into his or her shoe selection. Pick out a truly inconvenient shoe. Personal favorites: hiking boots or high heels.
  3. With all the stealth and grace you can muster, place the shoe in a well-traveled area, preferably one you know your significant other plans on using soon.
  4. Significant other will find shoe, possibly even trip over it, and express consternation that it's out of the closet, at which point he or she may even return it.
  5. Repeat. For fun, try a different shoe each time! The smaller it is, the more likely it is he or she will trip. The larger it is, the more inconvenient it is to step over and put away.

For extra evil...

  • Hide all the underwear and leave nothing in the laundry bin to save your partner. You may want to find a convenient reason to leave the house after this one.
  • Switch all the dirty underwear in the laundry bin with the clean underwear in the drawer.
  • Hide all the underwear with the unfolded clean laundry, where he or she will look last, in confusion.

Method Five: The Inconvenient Underwear Trick

You will need...

  • All of your significant other's underwear.
  • The household laundry basket
  • Grade school or better hiding skills
  • A psychotic hunger for passive aggression

The Inconvenient Underwear Trick is perhaps the most evil of all the methods. Beginners who don't plan on an immediate divorce should start slow.

  1. Wait until your significant other is out of bed but not yet dressed for the day.
  2. When he or she hits the shower or the bathroom, sneak over to their underwear drawer and remove ALL clean pairs of underwear. If possible, remove all clean underwear from the laundry room, as well.
  3. Use your super hiding skills to hide all but one pair of underwear somewhere nearby and ultra-secretive.
  4. Jump up and down on the one pair of underwear until it looks wrinkled and worn. Throw it on top of the laundry basket.
  5. When your significant other goes to put on underwear, he or she will find nothing and resort to the laundry bin, at which point they'll discover the "dirty" pair you planted.
  6. Before you secretly enjoy the knowledge that your significant other thinks he or she is wearing dirty underwear, replace all the underwear in the drawer.


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    • LittleKnownStuff profile image

      Joe H. 3 years ago from Maine, USA

      Glad I found this hub! Was laughing out loud. Totally going to enjoy the spoon trick.

    • cabmgmnt profile image

      Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

      funny, yet, know i know why i never have a bath towel!

    • Eparisi679 profile image

      Eparisi679 6 years ago from Maryland

      This is awesome, and instantly brightened my otherwise shabby day!

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      Hilarious! A variation of the mismatched sock trick is the missing sock mate. Every basket of clean laundry should include at least one mateless sock.

    • Terishere profile image

      Terishere 6 years ago

      I loved this hub!! Very funny!!! Oh my goodness, if anyone would do that to me...I'd go nuts lol


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      Hear Me 6 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

      I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard! If it were not for the fact that I always have a pile of laundry and a sink full of dishes, I would give this a try...Now there is some possibility for the mismatched sock...dang...I do the laundry! Great Hub!

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      Nefarious_Misery 6 years ago from on the move

      Very funny. Thankfully my wife does believe in universal karma, as well as her husbands semi-psychotic tendencies. Also thankful that most of these tricks would not work in my house (there are four children and it is ALWAYS CHAOS) That spoon in the sink trick would be awesome, that is if the sink were ever clear.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Boy am I glad I don't live with you!

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi seattlegirl

      This has to be one of the funniest hub I've read in a long time!

      Every hubber who reads this hub will have a top start to their day on HubPages. I have a grin on my face as I write this. This hub deserves a huge thumbs up and shared with followers here on HubPages and elsewhere.