Pet Peeves

As I posted a few posts back, I’m generally a happy fellow, and I try to always give others the benefit of the doubt. In that post I also mentioned that I do have some pet peeves, and I thought I’d share. Nothing helps a pet peeve like sharing it and possibly spreading it.

I can’t stand when people stir coffee and clank the spoon around in the mug. Every clink in the mug strikes sharply against my eardrums. Every time I hear it, I have to resist the urge to lunch at the person’s drink and stay their hand. It’s like when a metal plate hits the ground and is allowed to half-spin weirdly until it finally lays flat. I just want to jump in it and cut it’s little symphony short in a dramatic slam, followed by golden silence. 
Drives me nuts when people slurp, like when their coffee is just too hot to sip and they need to infuse the intake of liquid with tiny gusts of air, so as not to par boil their lips. Please… If you’re guilty of this, just wait the five or so minutes until your coffee is cool enough to drink. Each slurp is like a tiny tear in the fringe of my nervous system. 
I hate wooden spoons. I can’t eat an Italian ice with those miniature wooden boat oars they give you. The feeling of the wood grain on my teeth and tongue sends uncomfortable shivers down my spine. Even just the thought of it… ugh. Popsicle sticks too. Can’t stand to let those touch my teeth or tongue.
I apparently have an unreasonable distaste for repeating myself. I especially clench my teeth when people say “Huh?” in response to every sentence I utter, when I know they’ve heard me. I’ve had friends say “Huh?” and then after I stare at them a moment, they say “Oh,” and answer my question. This was after weeks of thinking they didn’t hear me… I was going nuts thinking I might be mumbling, or they were going deaf. Nope. Just annoying. 
I actually hate (and I know I said I always try to not hate but…) when someone believes they are correct, and will not stop to consider another person’s input. Am I incorrect? Perhaps… but that doesn’t mean what I have to say isn’t pertinent or possibly worth consideration. I am always willing to entertain the possibility that I’m wrong on just about any given subject. If you feel I’m incorrect on something, please let me hear it. I’d much rather have been wrong, than continue to be so. 
I wish I could get people on public transportation to turn their music devices down just enough so that I can’t hear it. It’s extremely difficult to think when you have one baseline of something playing on the left, and another on the right. I personally find it rude. 
I am always disappointed by a lack of civility from people in customer service positions. If you deal with people on behalf of your employer, you have an obligation to be courteous, if not friendly. Don’t look at me like I just grounded you, no one’s forcing you to be there, or at least, I’m not. You are the face of your company. I’ll always associate your attitude with the company logo, even if it’s not fair, I can’t help it… It just works out that way. 
I don’t like car horns. There seems to be a prevalent misconception that when something is inconveniencing a driver, that the horn is there so that said driver can make sure everyone around him or her is just as irritated. This is not the case. The horn is there so that you can let others know you’re there so as to avoid an accident. Think about it… If there’s a traffic jam, no one cares that you’re there, they’re there in their car too. 
And now, having just said, “you’re there, they’re there in their”… it really burns my bacon when people misuse “there” “they’re” and “their” as well as “here” and “hear”. There are others like, “were” and “we’re”, and “should have” not “should of” but the the(ir)(y’re)(re) and he(re)(ar) are there most common amongst the social networking crowds these days. 
I think that’s enough to start with… Please feel free to comment with some of your own!

3 thoughts on “Pet Peeves

  1. Don’t hold back, Matt. Tell us how you really feel. BTW – Contractions when used properly are really fun. The problem is that phonics are no longer taught is school so should’ve sounds like should of and spell checker just doesn’t get it anyway.Oh, and customer service folk need to learn that the customer in front of them who wants to pay for something is more important than answering the phone.

  2. Hey, Uncle Skip is right up my alley on those two topics. Here’s one that particularly rankles me: the “your” / “you’re” deal. I’m not sure why it bothers me more than any of the others, but it does.

  3. The grammatical errors are a slight annoyance, like something sharp in my shoe. It’s even worse when instead of “your” or “you’re” they use “Ur”… That one actually makes my teeth grind.

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