Craziest Passive Aggressive Notes

Article by Roberto Fuzzy

Here’s the thing: humans are naturally aggressive beings. It’s all instinct – our ancestors had to eat, only the strongest would survive, so they had to stick up for themselves.

Nowadays, it’s a little different to how it used to be. We’re told we need to be polite and not to upset people. But what do you do if your flatmate leaves the fridge door open constantly or a workmate never bothers to do the washing up? There’s only so many polite hints and nudges you can give. The definition of ‘passive aggressive’ according to the New York Times is:

“The classic description of the behavior captures a stubborn malcontent, someone who passively resists fulfilling routine tasks, complains of being misunderstood and underappreciated, unreasonably scorns authority and voices exaggerated complaints of personal misfortune.”

And that’s where passive aggressive notes come in. According to the research by Data Label in this infographic, only 20% of us have ever received one and 83% of people haven’t ever written one. Sites out there like would probably beg to differ from the amount of submissions they get!

Here are a few examples of how the passive aggressive note can be used to your advantage, to get your message across in a polite and considerate way but really making an impact as you do so. After all, the whole point is to make sure that the recipient of the note is aware of what they’re doing and embarrassed enough to change it or at the very least apologise.