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Irritating Know-it-alls

Updated on September 8, 2013

The All Knowing Know-It-All

The fact of the matter is that they don’t know everything, as they tend to think they do but they keep on pushing to get their point across; assuming all want to hear it. I happen to know a couple of know-it-alls and have found their tales at fault on more than one occasion. It is not that I attempt to prove that I know more than the know-it-all, it’s just irritating to no end.

Let me give you an example, let us suppose someone is asking for an opinion on an iPhone, and suppose the all-knowing person prefers the Windows 7 phone; this prompts to get the know-it-all going, touting the virtues of their preferred device. Whereas these are personal preferences and both phones will get you to nearly the same end goal, give or take a couple of different apps and service plans. There is no need for a long story on the virtues of one against the other, who cares, it is personal preference. In my opinion this is useless jibber jabber. Do you speak to just hear yourself speak? WTF?

Self-proclaimed know it all

I read an article written by a self-proclaimed know-it-all and just to begin reading it was already irritating. He went on to say he does know it all because he has a very inquisitive mind and took the time to learn all about often useless trivia. I do not understand why someone would waste their time; who cares really?

If you want to be productive and you have such a capable mind for learning, put it to a better use and perhaps study Medicine or Physics; come on. Write a Thesis on your studies, have it published with the best of them, and then you have earned your right to flap your lips incessantly.

Guess what the know-it-all will do when you point out to them that what they are saying is wrong; they will promptly start to argue with you, big surprise. Just because it is on the internet does not make the information correct, try looking a little deeper into your sources and get yourself an average, from there you will figure out what is wrong and what is right.

Because you read something once and in one place does not make it correct, if you want to be a self-proclaimed know-it-all you better study up some more. Make sure you spend your time at work, when you should be working, looking for more of your information so that you can be the center of attention as you love to be.

Did you notice with some or most know-it-alls they tend to say odd things like, ‘I’m awesome’ and similar terms; or if someone says to them, ‘You’re awesome’, they respond with ‘I know’. Why would they need or want to do such a thing? The answers to these questions elude me. If we go into the psychology of it of course the answers are there but…giving them the reasons for their behavior is not going to make them stop unfortunately. Self-esteem in short.

Why do I spend my time writing this article on the know-it-all? Just because the thought of it irritated me today as I’m sure it will again in the future. I say Stop it you know-it-all, I do not need useless chatter polluting my ear space, it’s not a long story answer; you can answer with one or two words, sometimes just a simple yes or no will suffice.

Blathering, oh so makes me argh!

If you are one of them

Don't take it personally and besides that, this should not bother you for reasons that you already know. No offense meant, we all have to be tolerant of one another; perhaps if I have my say it will no longer bother me to such a great extent.

If you have to deal with an annoying know it all, your best bet is to simply ignore them, tune them out. I know this can be hard but if you do ignore them and say nothing at least you are not providing them with the fuel to carry on. A know-it-all without an audience will eventually move on, we just need to wait it out. An exercise I do is channel my mind down a better path; stop wasting my time on negative, useless thoughts and work on creating methods to enrich my life.

Let's try something new in 2012 and have some compassion for our friends, neighbors, co-workers and all other creatures great and small. We need to work with one another, not against each other; this is what me must do to move forward in life. Stop going around in circles and wasting your time. I know next to nothing in the grand scheme of things and perhaps one day I will know a little bit more, perhaps something that matters. Cheers!

I have slept on this one for a couple of days and I feel I need to add; the know it all persons that I speak of, they only irritate me for a short time and then I do my best to move on and forget about it, as we should all do. It is a practiced skill to peacefully deal with these people and then go our separate ways.


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    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile image

      Pamela Dapples 

      6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      I enjoyed this hub. It makes life very difficult when we have to live with such a person. I had to for a month once -- a relative. I agree with Dahlia Flower, humor is sometimes the survival tactic to use. Thanks for some great points in this article. Compassion is a daily virtue to strive for -- for me -- when it comes to this.

    • Dahlia Flower profile image

      Dahlia Flower 

      6 years ago from Canada

      In the person I'm speaking of -- and having asked him and others about his childhood -- it is possible the traits developed due to having been overly adored. He was making the family's decisions by age 12 and constantly told how intelligent he was. He is intelligent. He got straight Honors in every subject (Alberta's grading, above an 'A') in university....but it all worked to his detriment to have the limelight on him too much when he was younger. He needed a more balanced upbringing so he wouldn't think he was the center of the universe. That's my take on it. I could be wrong.

      There's an excellent new book on the market titled something like, "Are you Living with a Narcissist?" I stood there reading it one day in the bookstore. Good book.

      This was a great topic you chose. Thanks again.

    • Magdelene profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Okotoks

      Thanks Dahlia Flower, nice user name by the way. I understand what you mean, especially if the know-it-all is a member of the family, I definitely think we need to employ a sense of humor to keep our own sanity.

      What you have said does make me wonder though, a personality disorder, egotism or egoism? or all three?

      There are many people like this, it makes me wonder how this type of personality develops.

      They even made a television program on it here in Canada, 'Canada's Greatest Know-it-sll'(not sure of the exact title of the show); watched it on TV last night; seems they can rub each other the wrong way quite easily too.

    • Dahlia Flower profile image

      Dahlia Flower 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I enjoyed your hub. In my extended family, I have a know-it-all who has other traits that I found quite interesting. I took the time last year to look up these traits and study it all a bit. There is narcissistic personality disorder which I first thought perhaps was this person's problem. Then I dug a little deeper and found it could be egotism or egoism -- two different things -- or it could be a blend of all three. Whatever it all is, I am learning to use a sense of humor around this person. It's a survival tactic.

      Great hub. Voted up and interesting.

    • Magdelene profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Okotoks

      The all knowing Know-it-all, yeah sometimes they are truly special. Thank you for your input Amber and Amymarie. I prefer to know not all that much, it's safer that way, :-)

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      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      In my experience, most know-it-alls aren't nearly as bright as they think they are and are very confrontational. I can't stand to be around them. Loved reading this. Rated up & thanks for SHARING!

    • Amber522 profile image


      6 years ago

      I share your frustration towards know-it-alls. It is so frustrating to talk to someone that claims to know everything, especially when they usually don't know anything worth while about the subject afterall. It is even worse to read something written by a know-it-all. I also hate to find hubs written by them. This, however is a great hub. Voted up and thanks for SHARING!

    • Magdelene profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Okotoks

      Thanks Express10 I'm glad that it's not only me that this seems to frustrate. Thank you for the great feedback and point of view.

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      H C Palting 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      They are very frustrating. There are things that each person is highly knowledgeable on but even if you are at the very top of your game, you will rest on your laurels and be surpassed by those who realize they can always improve upon their foundation.

    • Magdelene profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Okotoks

      I know what you mean Stephanie sometimes it just rubs a person the wrong way and you want to argh!! Fantastic comment and well appreciated.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      Oh, the frustration of having to listen to Know-it-all people! I think the worst ones are the ones who are really smart and can spout facts they picked up in various places which they use to back up their opinions, leaving no room for discussion or other input. For all I know, they make up these facts. I'm not one to remember if there are 7 million people with blue eyes or 7 billion, and, of course, it's too late to prove the Know-it-all wrong when you look up the facts later. I'm not sure I can follow your advice about ignoring them, though - I'm just to argumentative! :)


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