Last Tuesday I posted the Top Ten Websites of 2010. It was so much fun that I’ve decided to have a Tuesday’s Top Ten list every week. This week I’m featuring my Top Ten Pet Peeves.
Pet Peeve: Something that is personally annoying; a personal dislike.
1. Mouth Noise
Unquestionably, one of the worst table manners faux pas is to chew with your mouth open. It’s disgusting. In fact, any mouth noise at all runs shivers up my spine (and not in a good way). Often in the morning when I’m lying in bed waking up and Austin is close by in the next room slurping his cereal, I have to methodically talk myself out of throwing the nearest shoe at his head.
2. Facebook Attention Seekers
Of all the facebook personalities, the attention seeker is the worst. These are the types who update vague statuses that are just begging for a reaction, specifically concern. Examples:
- today was the worst. i cant believe that just happened to me
- omg he started talking to her again. some ppl r unbelievable. i am so upset
- in the ER. lucky 2 b alive lol
Nevermind the horrendous grammar and spelling of these (real) facebook statuses, what is worse is the blatant screech of PAY ATTENTION TO ME! That being said, I admit that this pet peeve is also semi-humorous and makes facebook what it is: a guilty pleasure.
3. Misuse of the word “literally”
Literally means “actually” or “without exaggeration.” When you say “I literally…,” it means you are describing something exactly how it happened. You are being literal.
So, if you are to say: It is so funny! I literally peed my pants I laughed so hard.
It means: There is a urine stain on my pants from laughing.
4. Cell Phone Abusers
You are having lunch in the lunchroom with your friend and co-worker, George. George gets a phone call and decides to take it. Now you are sitting in the lunchroom trying not to feel like a second choice while George sits two feet from you, laughing at his phone and talking about his laundromat plans. You try looking busy on your cell as well by pretending to call someone, but sadly your mom calls and the fake out is ruined (as well as your lunch break).
Don’t be a George.
5. Loud Advertisements
It is more than annoying whenever a commercial on the computer, TV, or radio blasts on at a higher decibel than the programming. Not only is it startling, but it’s a real buzz-kill.
Dear advertisers, you are making my ears bleed! Not a great way to sell your product.
6. Stale Sayings
We’ve all been there–at a restaurant, a friend’s house, or at work. There’s been a cookie, or a special sauce, or something special in the frosting on a birthday cake. You ask your friend/waitress/co-worker, “What is in this? I must have the recipe.” Their reply, “I would tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”
You smile and laugh off their non-cleverness, thinking “I wish I could kill you for saying something so un-original.”
Don’t let stale sayings litter your conversation. Nothing starts a week off worse than the phrase “Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays…”
7. Fatty Chat
Vocally expressing malcontent with one’s body happens to the best of us, but it can (and should) be controlled. What bothers me the most is when a thin person complains about their false chubbiness in front of someone who is actually overweight. Not only is it rude, but it can also be very hurtful.
As a rule of thumb, don’t ever complain about your body in front of anyone who weighs more than you do. Comparing body sizes and lamenting over love handles can make even the most self assured person uncomfortable. Also—it’s boring. There are much more interesting and important things to talk about.
8. The Endless Meeting
Anyone who has worked in an office environment has suffered through the meeting that just won’t quit. The culprit? Chatty Cathys (or Chucks!) who have something to say about e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Said culprits often start sentences with “I do have a concern about…,” “If I could just make a quick comment about…,” and “I do have a question when it comes to…”
Common side effects of The Endless Meeting include excessive sighing, doodling, phone checking, and eye rolling.
9. Gross Gum
Fact: No one wants to see, hear, or smell your gum. No one wants to feel it either; so dispose of it in the trash and not under the park bench, church pew, or dining room table.
10. Inappropriate PDA
I’m not talking about kissing (though I hate the mouth noise it makes). I’m not talking about holding hands or even the classic butt-grab either. I can handle those things; we’ve all been there and sometimes the love bug strikes.
What bothers me is the cheesy queasy public displays of affection. For example, updates and comments on social networking sites: “Not feeling good. On a better note, my babe is so cute when he sleeps!” Unnecessary. Baby talk, feeding one another, and excessive stroking also qualify (to me) as unwanted and much too cheesy PDA.