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?


  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

  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!

  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'?

  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'.

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