Pet peeve. A specific and often minor annoyance or irritation that may be a “major” source of irritation to you.
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Most pet peeves may annoy you while those around are just fine with them. Or that’s the way it seems with me anyway. The things that grate on me the most seem not to bother some around me.
Got any of those? Maybe fingernails on a chalk board or someone chewing with their mouth open. Perhaps it’s people smacking gum, talking in a movie or maybe it involves drivers or waiters at a restaurant.
Everyone has them. Here are some at the top of my list.
1. The Grocery Line. But it may not be what you think. Why do people wait until the last second to look for their wallet, checkbook or credit/debit card? I mean, while the cashier is checking out your 35 items (in the “Less than 20 Item” line nonetheless), some people stand there talking, looking around and waiting. Then, when everything is processed and bagged, then — THEN! — they begin to look for their checkbook or debit card. Often times, it takes them a while to dig in the purse or go through their wallet. Didn’t they know 10 minutes ago they would have to pay for everything?
2. Drivers. We could probably create an entire list of driver pet peeves and I’m sure you have your own. Mine? People who drive slow in the left lane and slow everyone down. Then, often, once you finally are able to get around them, they’re talking on the phone, arguing with a passenger or otherwise not paying attention.
3. Chewing ice or chips. Don’t people realize how loud and annoying this can be?
4. The wrong use of apostrophes and similar words. Sorry guys, I was an English major and a stickler for correct grammar and spelling. When I first started writing for the Chronicle, I would correct comments. Spent a lot of time doing it and finally gave up. Much more tolerant now. But it’s still one of my biggies. Words like you’re/your or they’re/their/there, then/than or it’s/its are not interchangeable. Other words often misused: principal/principle, capital/capitol, accept/except, Are you also aware that there is no “s” at the end of words like toward and anyway. And there’s always the misused apostrophe (Astro’s, sport’s car, The Grammy’s, baseball’s or its time).
5. An interviewer who says “I just want to ask you a question…” Of course, you do. That’s your job. That’s how an interview works, right? You just wasted some time the person could be “answering the question”. Or an interviewer who takes 60 seconds to ask a question and then tells his guest “…in 30 seconds.”
Come on, now, I’m not the only one with pet peeves. What are yours?