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Q I work with a man who is con­stantly – and I mean con­stantly – clear­ing his throat. I’m about to kill him. Can I talk to him about it? SJ, Brighton

AI have also worked along­side ob­ses­sive throat clear­ers. It’s re­ally an­noy­ing. They sound as though they are putt-putt-put­ter­ing along like a tweaked-out rust bucket car. Once you no­tice it, you just can’t get it out of your head. You’re wait­ing for them to do it again. It’s like wa­ter tor­ture. Drip. Drip. Drip. Cough. Cough. Cough. But from the up­beat char­ity col­lec­tor to the obliv­i­ous BO spreader, we all work with an­noy­ing peo­ple. I have a habit of pick­ing up my mouse and tap­ping on the desk while I’m work­ing. It’s an­noy­ing, but I can’t help it. If some­one “told me off” for this, or for clear­ing my throat, well, I’d be an­noyed. I’m sure this guy isn’t grunt­ing just to ir­ri­tate you. There isn’t much he can do about it. It kinda sucks for him. You say­ing some­thing – such as pas­sive ag­gres­sively mak­ing a joke about it – would be like telling some­one off for breath­ing too loudly, or chew­ing too vig­or­ously. Not on. Get some head­phones.

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