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I thought tall people get basketball comments, but I've never heard the volleyball thing. Here's the thing, though. Everyone likes tall people and being tall. No one wants to be short.

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I am 5'9 and once the basketball coach personally came up to me and offered me an A all year in his English class he also taught. I told him i smoked too much reefer....i hate being tall sometimes.

How tall are you Kristen? I am 5'7" and people say I am so tall and I don't think I am. I have always wished to be 6'. My kids appear to be tall as well . . they are only 2 years old but are much taller then their friends.

A man in my hometown is 6'9, and he got a t-shirt printed with the text "6'9" to save him from having to answer the same question fifteen times whenever he went somewhere new.

My mother-in-law is 6'1" and my husband is 6'7" and, not surprisingly, all of my in-laws are tall too. They talk about this ALL.THE.TIME.

I come from a family where a man is lucky if he climbs over 5'7", so I'm always like, DUDE, we get the other end of the spectrum.

But really, I don't think it's the same. People don't comment on shortness the same way they marvel at height.

Like Amelia Sprout, I have a tall child. She's coming up on two and a half but is roughly the average height of a four-year-old. People always think she has something wrong with her because she isn't, you know, functioning at a four-year-old level. It's a shame that people forget that it's our variety - in sex, in height, in weight, in culture, in religion, in ethnicity, in everything - that makes us wonderful. I think if they remembered, they'd celebrate our differences instead of asking tall people if they play basketball or calling short people small fries or asking parents if their tall children are slow.

I'm 5'10" and have ALWAYS been tall. I'm a very girly girl, so its so VERY annoying to continuously get the volleyball/basketball questions. Over it. Yes I'm tall. Didn't happen I overnight. No I'm not wearing heels. Get over it.

In my family people love to make idiotic comments about weight, height, and appearance in general. I am the shortest in my family (5'2") and hear all sorts of insane, yet meant-to-be-cute comments. One uncle once told me I looked like I was thrown in the dryer by mistake. Another aunt told me that this time I came to visit I looked great, especially compared to last year when I looked like a barrel (this was related to my first semester in college weight gain). A foul-mouthed acquaintance commented on how hard it must be to kiss and screw my husband at the same time (he is 6'). When are people going to understand that other people's height is nobody's business. Also, what do they expect to get in return for such comments - "thank you for the revelation"????

I'm 5'8" and I would love another three inches, but I understand your frustration. People are oblivious!

The thing that always gets me is when someone looks at my daughter and says in amazement, "Wow, how did she get so tall!" I'm like, well, maybe you didn't notice, but I'm 6 feet tall. So there's that.

I couldn't have said all this better myself! My husband is 6'8" so he naturally gets all the tall jokes, references, etc instead of me (I'm barely 5'10"). We have heard everything and now that we have two children in tow, it's, "Your kids are going to be really tall!" Really? What made you think that? I secretly want my children to be short just to shut everyone up. Then I guess the kids would get, "What happened to you?" And why do short people get a "petite" section in the clothing department? They make being short seem so delicate. I thought petite meant small, but from the sizes available in the "Petite" section, I'm completely off. I wear a size 4 and would love for the "tall" section (if one existed) to be renamed with such a desirable adjective.

I get that comment about my hair. "Your hair is long." Why, I hadn't realized! So annoying. The thing is, it's not even that long--just past my bra strap--but it is super long for women in my profession (attorney).

Just a few days ago I was standing next to a very tall man (probably 6'6") getting coffee and a man came up to him and said "Are you standing on stilts or am I just that short?" and he kind of grimaced and went back to making his coffee. I said "I bet that never gets old...." and he chuckled. People think they are being so funny by making comments like that - if they actually thought about it for 4 seconds they would realize it was offensive. Being an un-tall at 5'3" I have always wanted to be taller.

I'm short at 5'4....short, people, not un-tall. There is nothing wrong with the word "short".People don't comment on my height, but if anyone did say "boy, you're short", I would be inclined to answer "yes, and you're a wanker". For you tall people who get the dumb basketball and air-quality remarks, smile and don't answer. Stand there silently so they can ponder the stupidity of their remark, get embarrassed, and then say something normal.

I'm average. Which is hard for me to swallow. Tall or short has always seemed more dramatic. More fun. Oh well.

Dabni -- Oh that's fine. I'm happy to help the untall (heh).

Question... I needed something hung on the wall kinda high up today at work. Is it rude to ask if there's anyone tall enough to help me? I never thought about it. Of course, people comment on my appearance pretty consistently by asking if I'm pregnant... Again. Which I'm not. That's hands down rude. And people should know better.
So, is the asking for tall help thing impolite? Should I have known better all this time? Help me out!

I know its a little different for guys but I still get it too. I'm 6'4" and have a size 14 shoe. I've heard every 'how many cows did it take to make those' jokes to 'you should play basketball(I did)'. If I thought about it, it might make me self-conscious. They don't have anything else to say to me?

I feel your pain.

People usually just ask me to get things off high shelves for them in Target.

I'm only 5' 9" so unless I'm wearing heels people usually don't get too weird around me, but my aunt is 6' 4" and she has heard them all.

Touche' Issa! I should have said: "You look way too young to have 3 kids, you gorgeous thing."

Better? :)

I want to give you a tiny bit of a hard time okay? Please forgive me.

The first thing you said to me when we met at BH10? "Dang woman how old are you? 21?" (Thank you by the way. Good genes and I've never used make-up.) BUT? I get this all the time. Seriously. At 31, I've run out of fun responses. It's like I want to point out the bags under my eyes, the grey hairs and my inability to stay awake past 9pm.

Then again, I may have said to you, dam you are tall. ;)

My absolute favorite thing about this comment thread is the fact that the word "un-tall" made an appearance more than once. Favorite new word!!

At 5'11", I am totally on board with the basketball, volleyball, "air up there", and other such comments. My favorite is "How'd you get so tall?" Ummm...well, let's see, I was born and then I grew and then I stopped and lo and behold I was this tall.

My husband and I are decidedly average at 5'9" and 5'6" respectively. Our 5yo on the other hand is 4ft tall. We get comments ALL the time about his height once people find out how tall he is. When we first moved here, the pediatrician was fascinated. She said, "He's TALL." "Yes, I know." "No, he's OFF THE CHARTS!" She felt the need to stress just how tall he is. I had to explain again, yes, I know. I buy his clothes. You try finding age appropriate size 4 clothes for a 2yo.

I'm only 4'9" and don't mind the short jokes... I mean, I'm gonna be this way all my life so I may as well roll with it, right? But it's the obnoxious ones that annoy me.
Had someone once say "Hey, did you know you're short?" (no sh*t Sherlock) to which I promptly replied "Hey, did you know you're ugly?" Yeah... he shut up pretty quickly.

Guess we get those ridiculous comments in both extremes.

I'm 5'8 and people are always telling me how tall I am - which I don't really think I'm THAT tall. I have disproportionately long legs so I figure that must have something to do with it. I never know how to respond so I usually use the, "oh it's just the shoes!" line even though it's usually not. What are you supposed to say?

"You're so tall!"
"Thank you. You're...cutely short."

It just doesn't work.

I'm un-tall at almost 5'1" but my husband is 6'3" talking about getting awkward remarks when the two of us are together.My best response to people when they say your husband is so tall and you're so short, "you know what they say about tall men" hahaha and walk away.

How tall are you Kristen? I am 5'9" and people say I am so tall and I don't think I am. I have always wished to be 6'.

My girlfriend is about 5'11" and has the sexiest longest legs I've ever seen. She loves being tall and every time she enters a room, all eyes are on her...especially mine.

"No, I didn't play basketball. Did you play miniature golf?"

Saw that t-shirt as a teenager, still wish I'd bought it.

I'm short at 5'2" and have been "small fry", "half pint" and "shortie smalls" since grade school. I'm now 33 and always in heels. My 8 year old's dad is 6'4", and she is almost eye to eye with me. Everyone makes comments about how she's going to be taller than me and what a challenge it's going to be for me to "control" her once she bypasses me. Um, yeah, I might eventually be shorter than her, but I've got balls bigger than her father...she knows not to mess with me. (Plus, WTF, mind your business people!) Conversely, my 1 year old has been getting "She's so tiny!" comments since birth. People are really annoying. Well, non-homeless people.

My husband is 6'4", and gets comments about basketball, etc all the time, his response used to be "No, do you play mini golf?". My brother is 6'6" and is not coordinated enough for sports, never has been, so the sports stuff really annoys him.
Our oldest girl is likely to be around the 6' mark, and the little one looks like she's going the same route. I'm 5'8" and you know what people tell me when they realize how young the girls are? I bet your husband is tall.
We work with M on her posture all the time, and letting her know to be proud of her height. It is hard though, when people except seven year old behavior out of a four year old.

I dated a woman who was almost six feet tall. Since I'm 6'2", it was excellent for slow dancing.

I love being tall (5'10") and I love wearing heels.

Oh, I'm skinny, too (not in shape, but just naturally very skinny). I hear about it all the damn time.

I just think people should stop commenting on other people's physical traits, period. Or the physical traits of our children (mine are tall & skinny, just like me). I don't understand it, and I don't like it. I work hard to not exclaim over people's height or build -- but it's a matter of having the connection between your mouth and brain firmly engaged. I think for some people it's an attempt to engage in conversation. A weak attempt. I mean where do you go from "Did you play basketball" or "You're so short!" No where.

I am un-tall. (5'2") I think people work very hard to categorize you so they can maintain order in their little minds. I've been told essentially the opposite of what you've been told. I'm a grown woman, and yet I've been patted on the head like a little kid during conversations when I am trying to make a point or be treated like an equal.

Girl Child is growing pretty quickly and is going to be taller than me. Now I've started getting comments like, "Wow, she's going to be taller than you, like, tomorrow."

So, I can (opposite) relate. I always appreciate the nice comments.

I am decidedly not tall--but this is funny as I have a husband who is tall 6'5 and several friends who are tall. One night my husband and I and another couple were out (I was the only one under 6') and we were approached by a woman from a "tall person's club."

The whole thing was surreal and hilarious. She talked directly to our friends and my husband about their club and how they got together and what the height requirements were. It sounded a bit like a dating/singles type group, but I still remember just how strange it seemed.

Tall is awesome!

So how tall are you?

Just read Leslie's comment. I *love* that!

Yes! Everything here, just yes! Also, the women who say, "You can't wear those. High heels are meant for us little gals." That one really pisses me off.

I'm only 5' 7" but I get tall comments all the time. It doesn't make sense to me since I'm not THAT tall.

And for what it's worth, I'm jealous of your height. I always loved being the tallest girl in my class, but one day I just stopped growing.

As a non-tall person(5'3), I'm just jealous of tall people, always have been. So, I'm sure I've made stupid comments in the past!

I got so many comments about my height while growing up that I became self conscious of it by the time I was a full height teen. I have no idea when others (read, "boys") caught up, I was too busy slouching. Now I have boys and one of them is exceptionally tall for his 7 years. He won't get the stigma I got as a girl (pathetic, really) but he gets comments daily. Yeah, he's tall. No, he isn't more mature than any other 7yo. No he shouldn't get more respect from the other boys b/c of merely height. Yes he does.
And yet the child keeps growing and everyone keeps mentioning it. Can we drop this topic and leave "My how he's grown!" comments out?

I'm 5'9'' and my husband is 6'4''. We get these comments all of the time. We liken it as to saying to someone "wow, you are fat!" or "Oh, I didn't realize you had such big feet!" That would be weird to say and so is saying someone is tall. SO ANNOYING!!

I am 6'1 and want to kick people in the teeth when they make the volleyball or basketball comment. It isn't like the tall people ask all the 5'2 and under crowd if the are gymnast or jockeys.

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