Definition: pet peeve
Something about which one frequently complains; a particular personal vexation.
Preparing for this post, I spent the better part of an hour visiting sites from a list generated by a Google search on pet peeves. What I learned is that people have serious issues with some very petty things. Since I don’t know the circumstances surrounding what drove them to classify this particular aspect of their life as a pet peeve, I can’t judge.
I know that a little thing like not putting the cap back on the toothpaste can be the catalyst for a divorce. I know that cutting someone off on the highway can lead to ‘road rage’ and perhaps even murder, but what is it that makes people so testy? Are we a stressed society or just a bunch of immature adults?
My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. I also realize that in public restrooms people are less inclined to want to touch the handles of the faucets, so in some ways I forgive people. I use my shoe to flush, my elbows to turn on and off the water and only my pinky finger to open the door. It’s those visitors that I have to send back into the bathroom at my home who didn’t wash after going to the bathroom that bother me the most. I always check to see if the bar of soap is wet or the hand soap has been moved.
Don’t come to my house and want to shake my hand, eat my food or go into my refrigerator with dirty hands… That’s just rude. I’d rather you steal from me!
Some of what I found on other blogs are: people who snort when they laugh, people who call you and don’t leave a message, having to listen to people eat their popcorn in the movie theater, public nose pickers, pubic hair on hand soap, walking into spider webs, parents who can’t control their kids, and Black people who don’t know that the combination of ‘th‘ in a word does not sound like an ‘f‘, like birf-day.
With my rant out of the way, what is your biggest pet peeve?