Friday, April 29, 2011

Pet Peeves

Pet peeves. Mine are infinitely numerous and varied. I've tried to pare my list down to the ones that are really important so you'll still like me after I'm done ranting.

Chefs who taste their own food at the end of their TV show. We know they’re going to say it’s delicious, and I can also do without the yummy noises that accompany the tasting.

Fortune cookies that analyze your character instead of telling your fortune.

Acceptable: You will win the lottery tomorrow.

Unacceptable: You have a winning personality.

I know what I’m like; just tell me what’s gonna happen to me.

Toy packaging. Twisty ties. Need I say more?

People who ask if you’ve seen a certain show/movie/commercial, and when you say yes, they proceed to describe it in detail. Yeah, I know. I saw it. Remember you just asked me that?

Checkout clerks who ask, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” and then if you say “Actually, I couldn’t find the okra,” they make a sympathetic clucking sound and that’s the end of it.

Vanity plates that describe the car. You paid how much to get a personalized plate that says BLUEBMW? I can see that.

It’s supposedly, not supposably.

I’ve got a million more, so maybe we can make this an ongoing series, and I'll include yours too. Am I the only one? I can't be the only one. Let's hear your pet peeves!


  1. I don't really mind that many always takes me forever to think of any.

    Probably the biggest one is when people know nothing about any place but the one in which they live. The world is big and exciting! They're totally missing out on things they could be learning.

  2. Your fortune cookie one made me laugh. I currently have one typed to my monitor that reads "Fortune not found: Abort, Retry, Ignore?"
    That was reassuring.

    A pet peeve of mine is (and this just happened, so it is top of mind) people who play with their smart phones during business meetings. You can put down fruit ninja for a second - you know.

  3. I cringe at made up words like "supposably" too. Just this morning I read a comment saying "another words" instead of "in other words" which bothered me more than I care to admit, but #1 on my list is when people type "should of" "would of" or "could of" instead of should've, would've or could've. It drives me nuts!!

  4. Fun post! My family has the same complaints about fortune cookie fortunes!
    My pet peeve is right from this morning - good grief how hard is it to flip on the turn signal so I know why you just stopped for no reason in the middle of the lane! : )

  5. I love your pet peeves! It's all about logic. As for the toy packaging - you need tools to get it out of the package. I've used screwdrivers, wire cutters, you name it! Kids can't even open a gift without adult supervision being required!

    One of my pet peeves is people who sit with you at a table with earbuds in! Do you talk to them? Are they busy? It's rude people!
    And... I'm with Frances - GRAMMAR! I can't even stand to watch the news anymore. I'm constantly correcting them. :(

  6. Thank you for the backup everyone! Glad to see it's not just me.

  7. Haha, I admit I also cringe when Paula Deen sticks a fork in her potatoes and mmmm's for twenty minutes.

  8. Ok, I am totally with the should've thing Frances mentioned. I hate bad grammar!

    What I thought of today (because I experienced it) is people who are going to turn when driving but do not fully make it into the turn lane so you cannot get past them. That is what they make a separate lane for!

    Another is people who don't RSVP by the RSVP date. It's usually WAY in the future. How hard is that?

  9. Awesome. Love the TV show one.

    And I was in Lowe's yesterday looking for a metric set screw in their hardware specialty drawers. A guy who worked there was two drawers down, and without looking up, asked, "Finding everything okay?" I said, "No." He didn't even look up. Just grunted sympathetically. I laughed out loud.

    And it's "asterisk" with an S, not "asterick" like everyone says. And...and...

  10. I actually don't mind the t.v. chefs proclaiming their undying love for the food they just made. Just how tasty is it? please tell me.

    Now the car one is hilarious. I wonder how many times you have to run into the same situation to declare it a pet peeve?

  11. I have a long list, but I'll keep it short.

    Ladies - please, get off your phone when you're using a public restroom. It's rude to the person on the phone and to the other ladies in the restroom. And it gives me stage fright.

    I rarely can eat an entire meal when I go out to eat, but I always take my leftovers home. It drives me crazy when people make comments about me or anyone else not eating all of their food, when people are starving in other parts of the world. By me eating myself sick, I am not helping to save children in Africa.