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adot | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2009 at 4:18 PM via web

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What vices do you have that could be ridiculed.

What vices do you have that could be ridiculed.

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 12, 2009 at 8:55 AM (Answer #2)

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A person can have any number of vices ( things you do that are not necessarily good for you) that anyone can ridicule (make fun of or degrade someone).  As far as vices concerning health, eating fattening foods when you are overweight is one of the most common.  High school students are famous for ridiculing their peers for anything. Being a couch potato, watching too much TV, video games when one is not physical fit or overweight can lead to ridicule.  Smoking or doing drugs and alcohol which can lead to  all sorts of health and social problems are common vices. Spending too much money on frivolous items when you don't have a lot of money to spend can be a vice that is ridiculed.  When health and the economy are major issues this year it is important to examine ones vices and simplify their life, not just to avoid ridicule but also to enhance ones well-being.

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 12, 2009 at 10:25 AM (Answer #3)

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I have some vices that may not really be considered vices at all. I really enjoy chocolate and coffee. Is chocolate an indulgence or a vice? Coffee contains caffeine a stimulant drug, and I suppose I am addicted because when I have tried to stop coffee, I get intense nasty headaches. So, I continue to drink coffee. I am what some would call oveweight even though I generally walk 3.5 miles every day, work out 30 minutes in the mornings before work, and eat a healthy diet except for the chocolate and coffee. I live in a mobile home and don't have frivolous extras like an ATV or BOAT.  I do own a Jeep Wrangler and enjoy driving through the country side with the top down.  Is that a vice considering the issues of high gasoline prices and global warming?  Maybe driving my Jeep is the biggest vice that I might be ridiculed for during the recent focus on environment and global warming.    For the most part, I like to think that I live simply and am environmentally conscious, so that my Jeep rides are not going to cause the end of the world.  Should I get out and walk...maybe.

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM (Answer #4)

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I love this question!

My students laugh at me daily for my one, true vice that I cannot do without during the school week...

My cup of coffee and my Vanilla Milkshake flavored Pop Tarts.

:)

I don't know what it is, but those two things together are amazing!

My other vice is that I work best in clutter. And yes, my colleagues tease me daily (the ones w/ neat desks do anyway!). I tell my students to never EVER leave anything they want to see again on my desk--they have dubbed it the "swirling vortex of doom"--the thing is though that I know EXCATLY where every piece of paper is in that stack!

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meelshaw | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 12, 2009 at 3:50 PM (Answer #5)

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I would have to say that my main vice is talking! I've been teaching for soooo long that it's hard to get out of my "teacher mode" when I get home or go out. I guess it could be worse but it still can be a bit annoying I'm sure to those outside of this very conversational profession.

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rshaffer | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted March 12, 2009 at 6:49 PM (Answer #6)

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I would have to say that my one main vice is overeating.  I love to eat.  It is such a comfort in so many situations.  I eat when I'm happy, I eat when I'm sad, I eat when I'm stressed, and I eat to celebrate.  Maybe growing up in an Italian family lends itself to this behavior, but I can honestly say that I don't regret it.  In fact, just writing this post makes me hungry!

I'm not sure that I would get ridiculed for the vice I stated above, but I do know that my vice of cursing is sure to find criticism.  I try not to use profanity, but I have to admit that sometimes a good swear word makes things alright.  Not happy about that, but that is the truth-- at least for me:)

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 13, 2009 at 7:31 AM (Answer #7)

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French fries.  I crave them several times a week, and usually act on those cravings.  I have no self-control when it comes fries; as a result, I'll probably die of a massive heart attack at age 45 and have my tombstone engraved with my name and the following:  "Loving mother, wife and teacher, who refused to stop eating french fries."  I get riduculed for this obsession by my family, and by my husband, who is usually the one who makes the midnight "fry runs" for me.  But oh, the delicious, crispy slices of heaven, shining in their sheen of grease!  I can't give them up!

Decluttering:  I obsessively declutter, and have caused a few problems when family members ask, 2 months later, "Hey-where's my headphones that I only have used twice in my life but all of a sudden want to use again now that you have thrown them out?"  I get made fun of at family functions ("Hurry!  Hide your stuff before she sends it to Goodwill!"), and am not invited to certain homes for fear that I will judge their clutter.  *sigh*  But at least my house is tidy!  :)

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 13, 2009 at 9:16 AM (Answer #8)

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Cadena, can you come de-clutter me?  :)  I'll give you French Fries....

Seriously, the stuff on my desk at work builds up seemingly of its own accord. I have no idea how I accumulate so much stuff. So far, I haven't misplaced anything vital, but I do consider my clutteriness a vice. In my defense, it is not entirely my fault. I also have too much stuff at home, but I have four kids and it is hard to stay on top on everything.

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 15, 2009 at 1:16 PM (Answer #9)

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I have plenty of vices -- I drink too much wine, spend too much time on the computer, sometimes procrastinate, etc.

The part that I wanted to address is the ridicule part.  When I get teased about these vices, it is always gentle.  I know that underneath the person probably really means it in part.  However, I've never been truly ridiculed.  Actually, I'm usually my own worst critic.

I know that caustic ridicule is more common with teenagers, and it can really hurt.  If someone is treating you that way, don't just take it.  Talk to an adult you trust, or just tell them to knock it off until they are perfect.

 

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lalitmawkin | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 16, 2009 at 2:51 AM (Answer #10)

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I have been a heavy smoker for the past 40 years and since doctos raised a flg in 2007 I have reduced considerably but not completely--

I love eating--eggs and good food is always a temptation hard to resist--

Networking is becoming a latest addiction with me that i am trying to control--

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 16, 2009 at 3:40 AM (Answer #11)

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Eating too much curry! Often with too much beer or wine. A few years ago I gave up smoking after 20 years. It was a real battle with many relapses (Good luck, Lalitmawkin!) but I think I'm over it. Now I have replaced cigarettes with curry! :-)

I think some people are more vulnerable to temptation. If they stop one vice, they find another. When I stopped smoking, I replaced cigarettes with coffee, chocolate, tea, wine etc etc anything to stimulate/reward me that wasn't a cigarette

After quitting smoking my taste buds recovered some of their sensitivity and I fell deeply in love with food. I know love to cook curries! It is a vice, but nobody ridicules, because I cook for everybody.

Adot, if someone is making you feel miserable and bullying you, don't take it. Bullies only like to pick on weak people who get upset and don't stand up for themselves. If you don't show them you are upset, they will get bored of picking on you.

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engtchr5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 18, 2009 at 5:23 PM (Answer #12)

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In a former chapter of my life, I chewed tobacco. I know, I know: "Ewww, gross!" But I was the son and grandson of farmers, and rural life lends itself to two types of tobacco -- chew and snuff. By the time I got to college, I found that the stuff was socially alienating, and so over the course of about three years, I managed to quit before I acquired mouth or throat cancer. The constant spitting was a turn-off to those of the fairer sex, and I didn't like the idea that every little bump in my mouth made me worry.

Today, perhaps my most ridicule-able vice would be coffee. I have to have a big mug of it before first period every day to sustain me through the morning. Normally I also have a banana, though I've never really thought of that as a vice; more like a positive habit. In essence, the negatives of coffee (breath, tooth-staining, caffeine dependency) could be ridiculed, though I haven't experienced it yet.

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litchick2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted March 23, 2009 at 1:48 PM (Answer #13)

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1. Eating overly salty foods and not drinking enough water.

2. Swearing profusely in traffic

3. Enjoying America's Next Top Model (more of a guilty pleasure, than a vice)

4. Becoming too reliant on Facebook and Myspace to make plans as opposed to using the telephone

 

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted May 24, 2009 at 4:09 AM (Answer #14)

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Do you really expect me to tell you that?

Yes, at times I am ridiculed, more for my foolishness and mistakes rather than for vices. When that happens I just try to laugh it off as a good joke.

But if you are not aware of my faults by yourself, why should I provide you and so many other readers with ammunition to ridicule me?

Taking your question more seriously, I will say my biggest vice is that I do not try seriously enough to correct my faults even when I know them.

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sock | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2010 at 6:17 AM (Answer #15)

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smoking, drinking, drugs, cough syrup, energy drinks and gambling

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