Pet Peeve is rather a relatively new term that has become quite common in our day to day conversations. It could be called a millennial term considering the usage of the term among the young generation. But what exactly does pet peeve mean? Pet peeve simply means something that annoys or irritates someone. This could be something very trivial or something major but nevertheless, it would be called a “pet peeve”. A lot of people have a number of pet peeves, some are common while some are not so common but they are pet peeves.
Here are ten such common pet peeves.
1.People who sneeze or cough without covering their mouths or face.
This is something that can make anybody irritated and annoyed. Technically speaking, this is something that everyone should avoid doing because this spreads germs and can make the other person fall ill. It does happen sometimes that it might skip from one’s mind to cover their face and they accidentally end up sneezing or coughing. It usually can be forgiven but someone who has such a pet peeve can get easily angry or upset on such an occasion and can get really uncomfortable. This is a very common pet peeve and a lot of people have it.
2. Nail Biters
Another very common pet peeve because there are so many people out there who bite their nails. Nail biters can be seen in so many places biting their nails at comfort. But at the very sight, some people can get extremely disgusted and uncomfortable. There are particular sounds and gestures that come along with the action of nail-biting and that makes one annoyed hence ending up being a very common pet peeve.
3. People who Misspell names or spellings.
We can make mistakes while spelling a particular word and may not realise or we may not know the spelling. In that case, we can rectify it later or do the needful. But this is a very common pet peeve for a lot of people as they can get irked with this and may end up being a “grammar nazi”. While this may be overlooked by a lot of people but someone who particularly dislikes such a thing can get upset. This is also the same when someone spells one’s name incorrectly and that can easily make one upset. These are very common pet peeves and a lot of people can relate to this.
4. People who interrupt while someone is still speaking
This is a very common pet peeve as this can irritate most of the people. A simple conversation where there can be more than one participant can get very intense sometimes. In such a scenario if one interrupts while the other person is speaking, that can make the other one really irritated. This is the habit of a lot of people who cut others off while speaking and hence not giving the other person a chance to speak what they want to. A common pet peeve among a lot of people that is completely justified.
5. People who eat food loudly
Restaurants are a place where people go and eat the dishes that they love and also spend quality time with their loved ones. The same experience can become horrific if there is a person across the table eating his food loudly. This is a habit that a lot of people have as they chew and eat food making noises. People tend to get disturbed at such a sight and hence this is a very common pet peeve.
6. People who say “no problem” instead of “you’re welcome.”
This is yet another common pet peeve and for obvious reasons. It is expected that if one says “thank you” then the expected reply to that is “you’re welcome”. But there are a lot of people who end up replying “no worries” or “no problem” and that is not a good way to be courteous. It has become a common reply these days and people are forgetting that the age-old way to reply to a thank you is saying”you’re welcome”. It has hence become a pet peeve for people who expect a “you’re welcome” instead of a “no problem”.
7. People who forget to turn their phone into the silent mode in a movie hall or while playing games
Mobile phones were invented to ease the process of communication but these days it is not just a medium of communication but much more than that. It has many unique features that now allows one to play games. It is a good way for people to get entertained but then some people get carried away and end up playing games loudly on their phones and that disturbs people around. Apart from that, a lot of people who do not turn their phones into silent mode while being inside a movie hall. These can easily become pet peeves for a lot of people.
8. People who use unnecessary abbreviations.
In recent times a lot of things have changed, so has the lingo. Many people use words and abbreviations that are completely irrelevant and unnecessary. This can really annoy people who still write or speak normally without the use of such abbreviations. Many such abbreviations have no meaning and are pointless when used but the young generation typically enjoys such ways of writing and speaking. Hence, this is a common pet peeve among a lot of people.
9. People who walk slowly
There are a lot of people who stroll for no reason and that can be extremely irritating for other walkers. Old people tend to walk slowly and that is normal but there are others who walk slowly on the roads and footpath without thinking about others. People walking behind, especially who are in a hurry can get really irritated. In such a scenario, this can become a common pet peeve for evident reasons.
10. People who eat off from someone’s plate without asking
We all love eating and sharing food with our friends or loved ones. It is something that comes naturally to us but in some cases, this might not be a common ritual for many people. Some people have the habit of eating from others’ plates without asking them first and that can become a problem for the one whose food has been taken. Although it might seem unreasonable at times, it can be a pet peeve for someone who completely gets miffed with such an action. Thus this is a common pet peeve as it has valid reasons to justify one’s reaction.
These were ten common pet peeves that can be seen in a lot of people. Some people may get rid of such pet peeves while some do not. It is interesting to note that, most of the people do not realize that they have such pet peeves until they think about it. Some may call it pointless and overreacting, but those who have such pet peeves know that these are entirely justified. Thus, pet peeves are normal and abnormal at the same time, but what remains true is that they exist.
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