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National Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day

or National Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day [nash-uh-nl slap yer ir-i-tey-ting, uh-noi-ing koh-wur-ker dey]

What does Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day mean?

National Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day, also called National Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day, takes place on October 23. It’s an unofficial, novelty holiday where you’re supposed to, well, sock it to that coworker that gets under your skin.

Rather than actually encouraging violence, however, the holiday gives voice to that frustration many of us know too well: our coworkers can be pretty obnoxious. (Could you just listen to your tunes in your headphones already, Pat?)

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Where does National Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day come from?

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The blog IntellectualPoison mentioned National Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day holiday in 2005, although they originally note it is observed on June 10.

Wider discussion of the holiday began surfacing online in 2009, and it’s since been catalogued on holiday aggregators like Wikidates and Checkiday.com.

The holiday even has made-up rules. Among them? “Only one person can be slapped per hour” and “If you are questioned by your supervisors or others, it’s acceptable to lie.”

Examples of National Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day

They said Oct 23 is slap your irritating coworker day. I missed it. I think it's good that I missed it, coz im gonna be receiving A LOT.
@ahleksh, October 2013
today i told my boss that it's national vodka day in case he forgot and national slap your coworker day is coming up if he wants to prepare
@navogelpohl, October 2016
Today is National Slap Your Irritating Co-Workers Day. Now, I am not a violent person, but I think this day is pretty great. It’s a day to guiltlessly get revenge on those people at work that you have to put up with. You are powerless on all the other days of the year; but, this day, you can have some fun.
Andrea Muller, Unwritten, October 2018
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Who uses National Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day?

Like many novelty holidays, National Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day is something people enjoy casually posting about on social media on October 23 each year.

Often hashtagged with #SlapYourIrritatingCoworkerDay, posts often center on jokes and humorous anecdotes about the woes of work relations.

Memes about National Slap Your Irritating Coworker Day abound, too, on October 23. Many make witty comments about just who that annoying coworker is. (Hint, hint: Is it you?!)

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