(B)urps and (B)elches

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. Each post will be associated with a letter of the alphabet with the theme ‘Today, at work…’.


Today, at work, I was bombarded with burps and belches. From my colleague whose cubicle is across from mine.

And there was no “Excuse me” or “Ooops” afterwards.

We’ve all let out an accidental burp or belch  once in a while. It happens. When it happens to me and I’m surrounded by people, I’m quick to blurt out an “excuse me” or an “oops”.

So, when my colleague let out the first burp without covering it up with an “excuse me”, I let it go. It’s just one burp, I thought to myself and continued typing. Then there was a second, third, fourth and oh, I lost count of them after that. And after each one, still no “excuse me” or “oops” or “oh dear, I have no idea why I’m burping so much!”

You know how there’s different types of burps? There’s the soft, timid burp and there’s the loud burp after you’ve eaten too much and the build-up of air is rushing to escape from your body. Well, her (yes, HER) burps were the gurggly kind so it was more of a blurp then a burp. I was discomfited and slightly disgusted. When will this end?

I typed furiously on my keyboard *CLACK CLICKETY-CLACK CLACK* to drown out the blurps. After several minutes, I slowed my typing down to find out if her blurpings had stopped and lucky me, I was rewarded with one last blurp. Ugh. I took a deep breath and repeated to myself “don’t let her blurps get to you, don’t let her blurps get to you…”

Then she got up from her seat and walked past my cubicle and left the office as if nothing had happened.



What’re your thoughts on burping and belching in the office?


27 thoughts on “(B)urps and (B)elches

  1. Ok,your office is so crazy…and we are only at B!:-) I have seen a few burps in my office and they were often accompanied by ‘excuse me’ or ‘I’m sorry’. It would have been very rude otherwise.


    • Well, Deb, I’ll be posting about more than one of my workplaces, which all have crazy stories so my entire career has been filled with crazy situations and people LOL

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  2. Provided the expulsion of wind comes from the fmouth, it’s just noise – unpleasant noise, but only noise. It’s when it comes from the noxious other location that you need to worry. I never had an issue with that at work, but there is a man I know now who seems to take pride in it, wherever and whenever he pleases.
    Keith Channing A-Zing from http://keithkreates.com


  3. I would have to somehow insert a “Wow, excuse you!” while trying to make it sound like a joke. We had an IT guy that would pass gas every time he came around, but I honestly think he did it on purpose. Sometimes I wonder about the lack of manners.


  4. Ewwww I have three boys and although I have been somewhat desensitized by things like burps, which are apparently hilarious to young boys, I still can’t find justification in not saying excuse me. Ick. She needs to learn some manners! ha ha


    • Unfortunately Stephanie, the burps and belches in the office are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to common courtesies to observe in the office environment 😦


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