my DH's cousin (in her mid 20s) has come to stay for the "weekend" (wed to sunday ) with her boyfriend. I have met him once before very briefly.
He is almost totally silent, but worse than that - he has his fingers in his mouth constantly gnawing, gnawing. I find it just dreadful. It is one of my pet hates. I just want to slap his hands away from his face and then cover his nails in that stuff that makes them taste yukky.
The thought of spending the evening with them (DH will be at work til late) is giving me the shivers.
Pretty sure I am being unreasonable....but yeaaughk. Would it be rude to ask him to SIT on his hands?
A few years ago, when I was still single, I was out with some girlfriends and these 3 guys came over to chat us up. One of them was biting his nails and without even thinking about it, I slapped his hand away from his mouth and carried on chatting. About 3 minutes later I realised what I'd done and was absolutely mortified - it was just instinct because I used to do it to my sister all the time as she was a terrible biter.
Everyone had been absolutely shocked but were too scared to say anything!
oldlady I am suitably chastened! His nail beds are stumps - I actually don't think there is anything left to chew. So it is just constant fingers in mouth gnawing, gnawing. I think if someone showed them a video of how it looks they would be appalled. There is general nail biting - and compulsive continual gnawing and this falls into the latter I am afraid. Poor guy - he obviously can't help it - but I am already feeling tense at the thought of their return...
I do have isshoos though I think - can't bear constant face touching or sniffing and stuff. My sister says I am the most intolerant person ever. She is right!