12 Things Husbands Do When They’re Secretly Annoyed At Their Wives

12 Things Husbands Do When They’re Secretly Annoyed At Their Wives
Frustrated wife questioning lazy husband
Frustrated wife questioning lazy husband


Passive aggression at its finest.

Brittany Wong

Relationship status: In the dog house.

A good marriage requires both partners to behave like grown ups… but sometimes, in the middle of an argument, even the most reasonable adults can act a little childish.

Below, married men share the passive aggressive things they do when they’re annoyed at their wives, but are pretending otherwise.

    1. “We both read a lot when we’re mad at each other.Needless to say, our
      local public library doesn’t have very many books we haven’t read!” ― Mike Berry, blogger at Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent
    2. “My hearing gets worse. I’m suddenly deaf to all requests (or orders), but somehow I can still hear the oven timer ding.There’s no reason a perfectly good frozen pizza should suffer just because we’re fighting.” ― James Breakwell, author of the web comic James Breakwell’s Unbelievably Bad Webcomic

  1. I’ll usually hum or whistle a random song after the conversation is over. I guess my subconscious mind knows that if I mumbleanything stupid out of frustration, I’ll probably regret it. Come to think of it, that doesn’t even work for me anymore because she actually caught on to the fact that I only hum when I’m annoyed and that annoys her all the same. There is really no winning in this situation!” ― Jamison Vann, blogger at Unsolicted Truth
  2. “Usually, I retreat to my office/music room, light a few candles, shove Bluetooth buds into my ears and put some vinyl on my turntable. To complete the ensemble,I flip open my laptop and pretend I’m busy working on an article or editing photos. Eventually I forget about the petty thing that annoyed me in the first place and, bonus, I listened to some great music and probably ended up doing some actually work in the process. Most importantly though, I didn’t get into an argument with the person I love the most about something relatively stupid in the grand scheme of things.” ― Jeff Bogle, blogger at Out With The Kid
  3. “When I’m mad I insist on talking it through but that’s only after I have been silent for a while, accompanied by lots of huffing and puffing.”  ― Steven Lake, author of Talk2Me: How To Communicate With Women
  4. “One of the worst things I do involves talking passive aggressively to my wife through a third party, usually our son or the dog. For instance: ‘Who’s a good puppy? You are! You would never forget to pick up my beer at the store, would you? No, you would not!’ This behavior earns me a hat trick for being condescending, infantilizing and cruel to animals.” ― Scott Sharplin, blogger at Maple Danish
  5. “I have an arsenal of responses and the moment my wife does the slightest thing to annoy me, I’ll unleash them:I’ll not listen or ask the same question 13 times hoping for a different answer. Through it all, she remains giftedly angelic.” ― Hal Ackerman, author of Write Screenplays That Sell
  6. “If I’m annoyed I do dishes and/or fold laundry, but with feeling! When I’m trying to avoid confrontation,I ask rhetorical questions and thank my wife for everything, especially the thing I’m mad about. ‘How did my collection of antique Snapple bottle caps wind up in the trash bin? Thanks for that!’ Note: Sometimes she puts them in recycling.” ― Whit Honea, author of The Parents’ Phrase Book
  7. “I used to be a big fat jerk and huff and puff around the house or be passive aggressive or sarcastic. Fortunately, we’re both pretty good at not letting things like that turn into a big to-do. Now, I just walk away and divert my attention to something healthy, like reading a book in the other room until I realize I was the problem. I have a lot of good book recommendations!” ― Nick Pavlidis, author of Confessions Of A Terrible Husband: Lessons Learned from a Lumpy Couch 
  8. “I know that showing my frustration won’t help the situation, soI just disappear. I’ll go surfing or work on a project in my shop. By the time I come back, I’ve forgotten what I was annoyed about and she’s moved on to something else. Of course, sometimes I end up surfing several times a day.” ― Stratton Lawrence, author of Folly Beach
  9. I will sometimes purposely not put the decorative pillows in their ‘proper’ place when making the bed.I know Kim likes them a certain way, so I’ll put them in different order or ― gasp! ― upside down or askew. Yeah, I know, it’s childish, but it makes me chuckle when I catch her redoing the pillows.” ― Joe Walko, blogger at Broken To Blended
  10. “When I’m mad at my spouse I essentially just start exaggerating the things I’m doing around the house. So if I’m putting away her laundry, I’ll take long, pained strides to her closet, grab at my back as if the pain of laundering is growing too great and then intentionally have everything fall on the floor before picking it back up.I also for some reason seem to go into hyper-cleaning/cooking/homework helping mode as if doing everything will really show her how mad I am. In retrospect, this seems like a pretty useless action.” ― Mike Reynolds, blogger at Puzzling Posts

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