How to Argue in an Annoying Manner

Two Methods:Making Good ArgumentsBeing Annoying

Arguing is no fun if you're always dead serious about everything. So why not argue in the most irritating way you possibly can? This will also usually guarantee you the victory, as your opponent will be too frustrated to continue the argument. Whether you want to target your siblings, parents, or friends, here's how to argue as annoyingly as possible.

Method 1
Making Good Arguments

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    Understand the importance of a good argument. There's nothing more annoying than losing an argument because you simply can't find any holes in your opponent's case. Adopting tactics meant only to be annoying will simply help, but backing those up with a solid argument will add that much force to your side of the discussion and help you achieve your victory.
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    Pay close attention to your opponent's argument. If you don't notice even the smallest of details, you're not going to be able to provide a good counterargument. You'll be outrun with your opponent's arguments, and you'll fall short. Instead, observe everything. Pay attention and challenge their claims. Make sure to take note of slip ups, false information, and downright lies. Another common thing to look out for is the changing of subject, whether subtle or ludicrously obvious. This is always a great thing to fuel you while you rip into your opposition. If it's via internet (rather than face-to-face) you may find note taking on paper will help.
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    Make sure that your own information is correct. Using incorrect information or made-up facts puts holes in your reasoning and hinders the strength of your argument. It's particularly bad if you're calling out your opponent for the very same things. Before entering an argument, make sure you've done your research and have a ready arsenal of facts and citations to fall back upon.
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    Form your argument well. Don't fall into the trap of being hypocritical. Make sure you stick to your own rules. Ask yourself: Is this argument related? Does it make sense? Does it matter at all? But most importantly, ask yourself: Will this bring the argument forward, and do I want this to happen at the current stage? Remember: There's an art to arguing well, and it needs to be learnt.
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    Round off your argument well. Persistence is key, so you should come out on top, but don't leave it with a sloppy, rubbish ending. Make sure you get your point across. You want to rub your win into their face.

Method 2
Being Annoying

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    Nitpick your opponent's argument. Point out their mistakes, hesitations, inconsistencies, and assumptions. Don't let them proceed with their argument until every little, inconsequential detail is ironed out. This will make the weaknesses of their argument very clear to everyone, and it will frustrate them as they begin to feel like their argument isn't getting anywhere. Make little jokes and laugh heartily as you do this: as they get more and more frustrated, it will only be more annoying to see you finding it so funny.
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    Don't become irritated. Stay calm, and never raise your voice or become agitated. That's your opposition's job. In fact, laughing or in some other way demonstrating how much fun you're having or how funny you think it is will make it even worse for your opponent.
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    Remember to keep it fun. If the argument gets heated or personal, or if one or both of you will be seriously hurt by something that's said, it's time to stop. You should frustrate and annoy your opponent, not abuse them. Know where the line is and how not to cross it.


  • Be subtle. It's even more annoying to your partner if you're making a joke at their expense that they don't get.


  • Keep it light and fun. You want to annoy your opponent, not abuse them.

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