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To think it's really quite odd when grown women talk about 'besties'?

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HerLordship Tue 05-Mar-13 08:09:38

Have n/c for this but I am a regular

I've known a friend for a couple of years. I like her and enjoy her company and think we are generally pretty close. Our DCs get on well. We are both 36.

However, she has 2 best friends, whom she calls her 'besties', and she talks about them all the time. She'll say things like 'I'm going to Frankie and Bennys on Saturday with X and Y, obviously it's just the three of us though as we're all besties, so you wouldn't be able to come'. And whenever we chat she mentions both of them, and says 'My bestie, X' or 'My bestie, Y' whenever she mentions them. I'm never allowed to go to any event or meet up where both 'besties' will be. She once invited me round for lunch to hers but then cancelled on the day as the 'besties' asked her out to lunch elsewhere, and she has said they get priority.

On Facebook if the two besties reply to her status she always says things like 'Thank you my wonderful bestie', or if she has met them both then her statuses say about 'meeting up with the besties'

It's fair enough that she has these best friends, and makes it plain to me I'm not a best friend. However am I alone in thinking it's rather odd for women in their thirties to still be calling their best friends 'besties' and for being so possessive over them. Even my teenage daughter and her friends don't behave in that manner!

MoodyDidIt Tue 05-Mar-13 09:03:22

ha ha she sounds a right twat grin

curiousgeorgie Tue 05-Mar-13 09:04:03

My best friend of about 15 years call each other 'besties' in cards etc, in a generally jokey way.

But to say it as a way of exclusion is very high school...

Witchesbrewandbiscuits Tue 05-Mar-13 09:04:03

lol i have so say i have "besties" but i dont publicise this at every opportunity and certainly wouldnt exclude another friend because of it. it is a bit bizarre in all honesty.

Latara Tue 05-Mar-13 09:05:59

That sounds horrible to treat you like that; & also very immature.

I'm 36 & i suppose you could describe 2 of my oldest friends as my 'best' friends but i don't refer to them as 'besties' (cringe) & i definitely would never treat my other friends badly!

She sounds like she is still at school!

LondonNinja Tue 05-Mar-13 09:08:36

YANBU. She is rude.

Tell her you don't want to be anyone's second bestie! (Do people actually use that word past the age of ten?!)

Crunchymunchyhoneycakes Tue 05-Mar-13 09:09:23

What a total fandan. Why are you friends with her at all?

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 05-Mar-13 09:15:44

I don't have as much of a problem with the word 'besties' as with this:

'it's just the three of us though as we're all besties, so you wouldn't be able to come'

and cancelling on you at the last minute in favour of them.

She's a cow and needs to grow up.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 05-Mar-13 09:18:58

Is she 5 yrs old?

Cancelling on you for lunch with her 'besties'? Downright bloody rude. I can't believe you even bother with her, she sounds like a twat.

Imaginethat Tue 05-Mar-13 09:26:01

Ugh what an idiot. I don't know how you can stand being round her. I actually find best friend talk, of any age, ridiculous and anti social. In grown women it is absurd.

kerala Tue 05-Mar-13 09:30:35

Pathetic I would be embarrassed for her. But then I cringe when any adult uses the term "best" friend. Surely rounded adults have nuanced relationships with lots of friends from various bits of their lives singling one out as "best" sounds needy and playground to me and is also pretty rude to other friends.

I know people that refer to old student friends as "best" yet they hardly see them and when they do spend the next few days complaining about them as they have obviously drifted apart. I think sometimes old friends get elevated out of nostalgia whereas the (real) local friends that you see all the time, go out for drinks and family days out with never assume this mythic status.

eavesdropping Tue 05-Mar-13 10:19:25

I thought this was just going to be an AIBU about the term "besties" and was ready to tell you YANBU, it's utterly vomit-inducing.

But this woman is being an absolute COW to you. Don't let yourself be second best anymore. In fact I would be tempted to give her a taste of her own medicine...arrange something with her (would need to be something she really wants to do, so you won't be dropped for the beasties besties) and then cancel on her at the very last minute as you have a better offer.

In reality I probably wouldn't do that, but I wouldn't make any more plans with her.

Feminine Tue 05-Mar-13 10:23:45

op drop this woman.

She sounds totally peculiar.

Its very similar to how little girls behave, and yet she is 36?

This is not an up building situation is it? it makes for sour nasty to have to live it.

and so ... its a YANBU from me!

GeorgianMumto5 Tue 05-Mar-13 10:27:12

What bizarre and annoying behaviour! The word 'Beastie' makes me cringe (it's up there with hun), so YANBU and even more YANBU because this woman is rude and odd.

BumBiscuits Tue 05-Mar-13 10:44:54

Three is a bad number for 'besties' cringe

It'll be fun when they all fall out.l

thegreylady Tue 05-Mar-13 10:48:52

Such a silly word for an adult to use. Does she see nice doggies or feed the duckies too?

SneakyNinja Tue 05-Mar-13 10:54:31

Urgh! This thread isn't really about the term 'bestie' though is it? It's about your friend being a dick.

Yanbu either way though. The term 'best friend' has always made me cringe a little inside.

AnaisB Tue 05-Mar-13 11:03:18

I came on ready to say YABU - I don't use the word myself, but it doesn't bother me. After reading the OP YADNBU - she is ridiculous.

blonderedhead Tue 05-Mar-13 11:09:16

Smacks of deep insecurity to me. I wonder if the other two are slightly closer and she's afraid of being left behind if she doesn't grip on as tightly as she can.

I know someone like this. It is a bit sad and yanbu. If you really like her then just see how it goes but otherwise... back away slowly.

GuyMartinsSideburns Tue 05-Mar-13 11:22:26

Ive just been going through the very same thing! Known this woman for a good 10 years or so (Im nearly 31, her nearly 33, her dp and my dh are mates and worked together so we were kind of mates because of that) anyway she'd come out with the exact same things - going on about her 'bestie' and like you, not inviting me along to anything where her bestie would be, it was all very seperate. Id suggest daytime things eg going into town, walks, meals etc and she'd agree, but would only want to see me of an evening for wine, or if there was a works do and she needed someone to sit with....

Anyway despite my attempts to ignore being left out, or the snide comments directed at me but in the guise of 'I didnt mean it like that/ you're taking it the wrong way' etc and blatant lies Ive just ended the friendship. I feel a bit mean (though I wasnt mean to her, she plays a very good 'poor me' and I seem to be feeling guilt for finally standing up for myself hmm ) but I think its for the best. Proper friends want you to be happy, feel good about yourself, and involve you.

I recently met a couple of women who are downright lovely, and within a matter of months the friendship is just how it should be - theres no 'one upmanship' crap going on, and we all involve each other in things or at least extend the invite. I think meeting these 2 gave me the confidence to realise that its really not been me that had the weird issues, but the 'friend' who obviously liked to put me down to make herself feel better.

Sorry for the long post blush but for so long I thought I had a problem and was unable to make friends with anyone sad

Smudging Tue 05-Mar-13 11:36:02

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member Tue 05-Mar-13 11:36:25

She's trying to exert power over how much you "try" in the relationship in the hope you'll attempt to become a bestie.

These besties may be friends of long-standing, but I bet they feel a bit bullied or manipulated. Does this woman voice a lot "I don't give a shit" type opinions by any chance? I may be projecting slightly blush, but this reminds me of a vile woman that I once knew.

HerLordship Tue 05-Mar-13 11:40:55

She does, yes, member. Lots of very outspoken opinions...

idococktailshedoesbeer Tue 05-Mar-13 11:58:37

She sounds very insecure. I couldn't be bothered with this, at all. I'd move on...

navada Tue 05-Mar-13 12:00:36

Do woman really try & control other women in this way? I've never had a very close female friend so this all sounds very odd to me.

But in answer to the question - yes, the word 'bestie' is rather silly.

BibiBlocksberg Tue 05-Mar-13 13:11:06

YANBU at all OP, the word alone makes me cringe and the behaviour of your friend sounds very childish. Someone I know appointed herself my best friend recently and now signs e-mails to me 'bestie'

Makes my toenails curl every time I see it, especially considering the way she treats me is nowhere near how a best friend would behave. If I'm her best friend I'd hate to see how she treats her enemies smile

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