Do you have a grudge you can’t let go of?

By Priyanka Aribindi
Updated August 23, 2017
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When we were young and someone did something minor that upset us, we were often encouraged to forgive and forget—to push aside the slight and move on with our days. But sometimes that’s much easier said than done. Try as we might, some offenses are impossible to forget, and the resulting grudges—rational or otherwise—stick with us for longer than we’d like to admit. Canadian-American writer Nicole Cliffe found out just how many people were harboring deep grudges when she started the following Twitter thread on August 22nd:

The initial tweet has since gone viral, receiving more than 7,000 responses. Ranging from funny to sad to infuriating—and everything in between—users shared their own grudges, many of which were accompanied by lengthy backstories conveyed in multiple tweets.

Cliffe kicked off the discussion with her own memory of a teacher from grade school:

As it turns out, she wasn’t the only one with a bone to pick from their school days. Many users responded with their own stories of teachers whose wrongs they had never forgotten.

Past teachers weren’t the only subjects of long-held grudges. Others expressed frustration at relatives and family members whose actions were less than tactful.

And even those without their own “most cherished” grudge got in on the action, sharing amusing stories they'd collected from friends, family members, and acquaintances throughout the years.

If seeing all of these grudges being aired has you ready to address your own, see our guide to letting go and get tips on how to forgive and forget.