No doubt thanks to countless film and television depictions of the city, the myth that New Yorkers are loud, rude, and straight-up dangerous persists. Visitors and transplants, however, should be warned that we are indeed much, much worse.

We're practically the patenters of the term "passive aggressive."

Living on a tiny, overpopulated island means dealing with too many people, too often, in quarters too close for comfort, which, on the daily, leads to millions of tiny indignities we can only redress through tiny acts of revenge. Not enough to launch a full-on assault on strangers or friends, but enough to keep our sanity, knowing that we've low-key righted a wrong. Being passive aggressive is an art, and here's how New Yorkers have perfected it.

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