Ah, pet peeves. Most definitions I found for the phrase said it was an annoyance or something nurtured like a pet that you cannot resist complaining about. But my favorite was from dictionary .com. A pet peeve is defined as “A particular and often continual annoyance, personal bugbear.” First of all, “bugbear” is my new favorite word. Secondly, sounds like it’s a pretty common problem. Most people have them. Some days everything makes me peevish, but that’s a blog post for another day. Now, if you do any of these things, Dear Readers, please don’t be offended. It’s not that I think anyone is doing something wrong, I just can’t fail to notice certain phrases and shudder.
The first one is "Toodles". When I hear someone say it, my teeth hurt. What on earth would possess a grown person to say goodbye in this way?
Another one is shortening words when the person is speaking because the speaker thinks they sound, I don’t know. Something. Words like "breakky" for breakfast, "vacay" for vacation, "bday" for birthday. I know someone who does that constantly and I have to admit it grates on my nerves.
A grown person talking to another grown person using baby talk, words like "potty" or "mommy" or "tummy". Once again, not hurting anyone. Just makes me groan inwardly.
Saying, “You go, girl.” Let’s retire that one. I’m all for Girl Power, but it’s a bit tired.
What is it about some things that just send us over the edge? What bothers one person doesn’t even faze another. I don’t want to become the trite peevish old lady yelling, “You kids get off my lawn.” Still, I just can’t help myself.
Do you have any pet peeves?
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