off the peg opinions

Ever meet a friend for a chat and all of a sudden they have a brand new opinion? As they tell you about it they get louder and louder and seem more and more sure of themselves. You start to question whether you know this person at all. When were they ever this sure of anything? You’ve no idea how the conversation got here. You certainly didn’t tee them up. It all just got crowbarred in. Maybe this whole catch up friend date was set up so this person you thought you knew could half shout this already fully formed opinion at you? You didn’t even know they knew or cared about this subject. Let alone care THIS DAMN MUCH. You certainly didn’t expect them to research it all so thoroughly. Then you go home and you watch John Oliver too.