Pet Peeve/Pet Please: “If it makes you feel any better,…”

2w1bSometimes there are two sides to a pet peeve. When that happens, we have a pet peeve/pet please on our hands.

I’m sure at some point you’ve heard someone use the phrase “If it makes you feel any better,…” Without fail, this phrase never makes anyone feel better, and it’s usually more roughly translated as, “Instead of talking about you, I’m going to talk about me!” Example:

Person A: “I just found out today that roof on my house leaked while I was on vacation, and my second-floor ceiling caved in.”

Person B: “It it makes you feel any better, that happened to me a few years ago. Fortunately my landlord took care of it.”

OR

Person A: “I got in a car accident today, and I can’t feel my left arm.”

Person B: “If it makes you feel any better, I think I pulled a hamstring while doing yoga this morning.”

You get the idea.

This would make a good pet peeve, but the glory of that phrase is that it’s so ridiculous that someone would say it in response to someone’s troubles that it’s actually funny. It’s a comical juxtaposition.

So the next time you hear somebody say “if it makes you feel any better,” instead of rolling your eyes at the response, rejoice in the absurdity of it. It’s more fun that way.