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Although it pains me to say it, I’m somewhat of an expert on passive-aggressive behavior.

The good people at Wikipedia describe passive-aggressive behavior as follows:

The indirect expression of hostility, such as through procrastination, stubbornness, sullen behavior, or deliberate or repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible.

That’s a good definition, but Urban Dictionary gets more to the point:

The act of doing something specifically to piss someone off, but with the cover of “I didn’t realize it would bother you.

It’s simply “sugar-coated hostility”

Yes, passive-aggressive behavior is simply “sugar-coated hostility,” as one expert

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