Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pet Peeves

These are some of my pet peeves:
  • "Handbag dogs" - dogs are not fashion accessories!
  • People who talk during a film at the cinema.
  • Magazines sealed in plastic wrap so you can't peruse it before deciding to buy it.
  • Newsreaders/weathermen/weatherwomen/ who mumble.
  • A lot spelled as alot. A lot is two words!
  • Cars parked on the pavement (sidewalk).
  • Litterbugs.
  • People who mow their lawn very early in the morning.
  • Referring to The New York Times as The Times. Wrong! The Times is published in London, England, and is the only newspaper called The Times.
  • People who stop and stand still at the bottom of an escalator.
  • Book and movie reviewers who divulge too much (spoilers) and/or reveal the ending. I really, really hate this. It's possible to review a movie or a book without giving away the whole story and without revealing how it ends.
  • Adverts at the cinema.
  • Junk mail. (Yes, I've registered with the mailing preference service but it doesn't stop all junk mail)
  • TV licence.
  • Separate hot and cold taps. Don't even get me started on this (archaic) aspect of British plumbing - it's a huge pet peeve and most other American expats will say the same.
  • Blogs with black backgrounds and white print. Why? It's nearly impossible to read.
  • When people say "get over it" - how rude is that?
  • Parents who use pushchairs (strollers) as a weapon.
  • Roaming cats doing their 'business' in my garden.
  • Dogs running off lead and dog owners who don't clean up after their dogs. Yuck!
  • Charge for tipping included in restaurant bill. I prefer to judge whether the food and service is good enough to earn a tip.
  • Drivers talking on mobile phones.
  • Patio heaters.
  • Able bodied drivers parking in disabled parking bays.
  • Free offers...that aren't. It's either free or it isn't.
  • Animals dressed up in clothes or costumes.
  • Body piercings (eyebrow, belly button, cheek, tongue, nose, etc.).
  • Tattoos
  • Little girls dressed provocatively.
  • Babies/young children dressed in clothes that have rude or vulgar words printed on them.

What about you? What are your pet peeves?

6 comments:

  1. I agree with all these! Does that make me a grumpy old man? Which is not to say that you're a grumpy lady! xx

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  2. LOL! I suppose people do think I sound like a grumpy old lady after reading my list of pet peeves.

    I prefer to think we don't sound either grumpy or old, flighty, and that our peevish complaints are actually quite valid!

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  3. All of the above! (or most anyway)

    You can get a gadget which emits a high-frequency noise, inaudible to the human ear, but unpleasant to cats. It really works. (Children claim they can hear the noise, but I'm not sure I believe them. It doesn't bother them, at any rate.)

    Do you prefer 'suck it up' to 'get over it'?

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  4. I've heard (pun not intended!) about those gadgets but figured they didn't really work. Thanks for the info! I will have to get one for sure (there are a lot of cats in my neighbourhood and unfortunately they love my garden).

    I hate both 'suck it up' and 'get over it'.

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  5. I've seen entire blogs devoted to how lousy and pathetic British plumbing is.

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