SO is very non-confrontational person, opposite of me who likes to tackle problem head on. In other words, he is passive with little to no aggressive tendencies whatsoever.
While we were away getting married, his brother gave back some of the Dune books SO had loaned. (this is important)
SO will re-read his books (so do I), and it just so happened that it was time, as he put it, time to read Dune again, now that the prequel trilogy is back in his possession. So he took with him the first book, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. Everyone at his work knows he reads and doesn't bother him since it's the only time he has to really relax from the stress of customers and retail.
Everyone, that is except his PITA manager who seems to make it a goal each work day to antagonize SO. He also makes it a goal to try and intimidate me when I go into shop - which doesn't work since I will just ignore him or on the occasions where I can't without causing bodily harm, simply tell him to leave me be or I will be speaking to store management (which I do). That only proves to piss him off and antagonize SO. This has been reported and documented, so the store management knows what's going on. They're just waiting for more complaints about this manager before they finally get rid of him, demote him or transfer him elsewhere.
Anyway, SO had told me how the manager will comment about the titles of his books and how he says they sound strange, disgusting, etc. He doesn't care for sci-fi or fantasy, so it does no good for SO to explain about the books. I told SO that the next time he does that, simply respond with our patented phrase.
He did so on Friday. There was some paperwork SO had to sign so he had set his book down to do so, and the manager made the comment of "The Butlerian Jihad? That sounds like they might talk about terrorists." After SO had finished signing the document, he took his book and said, "That's an interesting assumption" and went off to lunch.