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Pet peeves of mine

April 3, 2016

We all have pet peeves, whether we like to admit it or not. They might not be things that make us really angry, but they annoy us. They can be smaller things, such as people chewing with their mouth open, or larger things. I’ve got a few pet peeves that I thought I would mention today.

When someone hums out of tune
There is nothing wrong about wanting to sing along or hum when you hear a good song. But my brain can’t handle when the humming is completely off tune or different from the actual melody of the song. I feel super bad about it, but it makes me really frustrated and almost a bit panicky. I’m too nice to say ‘Can you please stop?’ so instead I sit there and get more and more annoyed.

When buses release air
Have you ever walked by a bus when it releases the air to lower the bus? (I actually don’t really understand what it is it does, but I’m sure it makes perfect sense) I absolutely hate when they do it really suddenly and really loud. It makes me jump every single time, and I immediately feel extremely pissed off. I know, a silly thing to get upset about, but I really don’t like sudden loud sounds.


When people shake their legs while sitting down
I’m fairly sure I used to do this myself when I was younger, but I still don’t really know why people do it. Is it because they’re restless? Is it because they don’t want their leg to fall asleep? All I know is that it’s super distracting. Jeremy does it in the car sometimes and the whole car shakes. So I have to hold his leg still and say ‘stop please’.

When people play on their phone while I’m talking to them
I think it’s quite rude really. If I’m having a conversation with someone, I’d like to know that they’re listening, and not reading something else on their phone at the same time.


People who talk over others
Quite similar to the above, I think this is rude too. Let the other person finish what they’re saying before you jump in and start telling your story. I have to admit, sometimes I do this myself when I’m really excited about telling someone about something. But if I notice myself doing it, I’ll apologise straight away and then feel like a jerk.

When people call someone else talentless
This one came up recently when Avicii announced that he’s quitting music for a while. Sure, there were some comments in support of him, but there were so many rude comments about how it’s good that he’s quitting because he had no talent anyway. That pisses me off, because not only is it untrue, who are they to judge someone else? So childish. I can’t help but comment on those posts but most of the time only get even more childish responses such as ‘Who asked for your opinion?’ or ‘Shut up’. I never think it’s OK to call someone else talentless.

When people leave their rubbish behind at fast food restaurants
It really isn’t that hard to clean up after yourself. I bet the bin would be maximum 10 meters from where you were sitting. Grab your rubbish and chuck it out. Simple, huh? And then some of them have the nerve to complain that the staff don’t clean the place up enough.


People who focus on the negative all the time
I’m trying my very hardest to make positive thinking one of the biggest focuses in my life. This can get really difficult if you’re around people who always complain or bring up the negative side of things rather than focusing on the good. I know it can be hard sometimes, and that you can’t be positive about everything, but this doesn’t mean you can’t try. I used to be very negative myself, so perhaps this is why it affects me a bit more.

I hope I don’t come across as too grumpy! Sometimes you just can’t help but get annoyed at the silliest things. I would be curious to know what frustrates you. Let me know in the comments section!

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  • Christie Adams, Writer

    I agree on those, I’m really bad at talking over people but some people just talk way too slowly and I’m often in a hurry, my bad! I do allow those with a stammer to finish though and one of my pet hates is when folk don’t allow that.
    To get over your fear of hissy buses, try to think nice thoughts, it’s a bus bending down to help someone on who may not have had access to buses before. If it’s just a driver with stupid brakes then fair enough, get mad!

    April 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Yeah, the bus one is silly, I know! But I just can’t stand when it takes me off guard and gives me a fright!

      April 3, 2016 at 10:42 pm Reply
  • -Arifa

    I can relate to the pet peeve of people being negative all the time. Another pet peeve of mine is when I can hear others eating really loudly. That really does get on my nerves.

    April 3, 2016 at 10:38 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      I’ve never really had a problem with people eating loudly, but I can see why others would find it annoying! Haha.

      April 3, 2016 at 10:43 pm Reply
  • Thistles and Kiwis

    People chewing gum!

    April 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Haha, just in general? Or when they do it loudly? 🙂

      April 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Les

    I tend to agree with them. One of the pet peeves that I have, among others, is rude & ill mannered people. I was taught to be nice & courteous to people at all times, even though it’s hard to do sometimes. How much does it take to say “Thank You, or “Excuse Me?” Not much. Bad table manners are another one. Eating with your fingers, burping, farting, and just being a general slob tend to piss me off. Things like I just mentioned seem to have gone by the way-side these day’s.

    April 5, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Yeah, I can agree with most of those. I do eat with my fingers quite a bit though, haha. Only when it’s things that are designed to be finger foods though!

      April 5, 2016 at 5:40 pm Reply
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