What's all this flipping tinkly laughing?

(129 Posts)
MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:43:55

And bloody head-tilting?

Haven't been on MN much recently, and I've come back to find that the standard advice for dealing with MILs, SILs and Wendys is to say something passive aggressive with a head tilt and a tinkly laugh.

What's wrong with an assertive down-to-earth: "MIL, I know you want to spoil the grandkids with a large box of Quality Street for their tea, but I'd prefer it if you could feed them kale and quinoa. Thanks."

Instead the standard advice being doled out is increasingly a passive aggressive: "We don't want them getting fat MIL" <tinkly laugh> [head tilt].

Fuck that.

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:44:15

Oh and anyone who posts a head tilt with a tinkly laugh as a reply needs to be banished to Nethuns.

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Mon 07-Nov-16 13:45:10

You're not alone.

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:45:57

Actually I think I'm incapable of tinkly laughing anyway. I'm more a loud belly laugher à la Brian Blessed.

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:46:55

Maybe "a la" is wrong there. Makes Brian Blessed sound a bit feminine.

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:47:11

Thanks Sissy. Love the user name btw.

YelloDraw Mon 07-Nov-16 13:47:20

PA people need to fuck off, it is the WORST way of dealing with things.

PurpleDaisies Mon 07-Nov-16 13:47:46

I've noticed the tinkly laugh thing and for absolutely no good reason at all it really irritates me.

Greengoddess12 Mon 07-Nov-16 13:48:28

I just practised a tinkly laugh and the dog jumped off my lap.

Op agree tell it how it is.

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:48:57

Genuinely LOL'd at green.

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:49:33

I wonder if there is a positive correlation between the tinkly laughers and the lighthearted.

Queenbean Mon 07-Nov-16 13:50:53

Tinkly laugh is the worst. But where have you been OP? I think that it has become a parody of itself by now around here?

paxillin Mon 07-Nov-16 13:51:13

I always imagine people who write like that look and sound like Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter.

RainbowJack Mon 07-Nov-16 13:51:46

MN BS like saying Nethuns, just because you don't like Netmums.

Tinkly laughers aren't the only ones who need to grow up.

FunnysInLaJardin Mon 07-Nov-16 13:52:02

ah come on, you surely know that MN is nowt like the olden days

<tinkly laugh, head tilt>

paxillin Mon 07-Nov-16 13:53:01

I worked for a boss who did a head tilt AND a tinkly laugh in RL. Her continued survival is a testament to my anger management skills.

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:53:09

"But where have you been OP?"
Hi Queen. I hadn't disappeared totally, just not as addicted to MN as I was a few years ago. I miss the daft threads, but I saw TiggyD did a good one about posh cafés the other day.

ProfYaffle Mon 07-Nov-16 13:53:35

Head tilt and a Brian Blessed belly laugh would be awesome though. It'd have everyone backing away slowly in the blink of an eye ...

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:54:00

Looks like Rainbow needed a lighthearted warning.

TanteRose Mon 07-Nov-16 13:54:00

Totally agree - I just think "oh give over, you'd never laugh and say that"

TanteRose Mon 07-Nov-16 13:55:47

And "lighthearted" can fuck right off

KondosSecretJunkRoom Mon 07-Nov-16 13:56:09

Seeing <Tinkly laugh> makes me want to spoon my eyeballs out.

It is far worse written down, for reasons that I cannot explain, than someone attempting a tinkly laugh in real life (See Angela Lansbury playing affected Mrs fucking Claus) or some real life display of passive aggression.

YANBU.

MardyBra Mon 07-Nov-16 13:56:42

Trying not to rise to it Funnys

tallwivglasses Mon 07-Nov-16 13:56:51

I attempted a tinkly laugh once. It came out as a maniacal cackle.

Queenbean Mon 07-Nov-16 13:58:26

Yep, I think it's the new "did you mean to be so rude" in terms of how fucking un-useful it is

And biscuits can fuck right off while we're here

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