I hate when people shuffle their feet! I don't know when I developed this irrational irritation but I did and it just makes me think that person must be so lazy if they can't even pick their feet up off the ground. Short of going around telling everybody to pick their feet up, I don't really think there is anything that could make this better.
I can understand that being annoying, but people are naturally curious and want to know how you do it. It would be akin, however, to sitting on the park bench and writing. It would seem rude to have people come up and look over your shoulder to see what you are writing.
When I do my waiting job, I go to a guest, and say, 'Guten Tag! Möchten Sie schon etwas zu trinken?' Now, if I've never heard the guest speak, I can hardly tell by the way a guest looks if she/he will understand me ... this is Germany, and the majority of people do speak German here. But there a some guests who look at me as though I were absolutely crazy, and say 'WHAT?' I find this totally disrespectful of the country they're in, its culture, and its people. There really are better ways of letting people know you don't speak the language.
Yes, if you plan to visit a country where yours is not the first language-- it is polite to at least learn the native phrase for "Sorry, I speak only English," or ...English and French or whatever. The "Ugly American" is still alive, unfortunately.
I'm glad to say it's not only Americans. They're from all over. The worst thing is, when their first language isn't even English. Anyone who doesn't recognise this from the accent automatically assumes it's a Brit or an American, which is great for our image abroad.
Speaking even a few words or sentences in someone else's language is usually very appreciated. My husband's family was German, so I learned quite a bit from them (as well as taking some classes). My speech and writing is full of mistakes, but i can read and understand fairly well. I live in a small town near Yosemite where we have many international visitors. When I am in the local history museum, I often have the opportunity to surprise the German visitors in their language. (I'll never see them again.) They are always quite surprised and appreciative that I took the opportunity to engage them in (limited) conversation, even though most of them do pretty well in English.
Oh, and " Ich wolte eine glass Gewurtztaminer haben, bitte."
Yes, Germans tend to think that we're lazy as far as learning languages is concerned (not really our fault, because everywhere we go, we find people who speak our language), so I can well imagine that they're very, very surprised to find somebody speaking German in Yosemite. And using another language is great fun.
I hate it when people (mostly guys - I'm sorry) spit on the sidewalk - it is so disgusting to me that I get nauseated. I almost want to walk up and slap them up side the head and say 'didn't your mother tell you not to do that? How DISGUSTING' - when my husband does it - I do slap him and say that - so he (hardly ever) does that anymore! Let's not even GO to the nose blowing on TV and elsewhere....what were these people, born in a barn?
I detest short shorts on a guy especially the runaway testicle look. Men on a beach in a G Banger. Dutch ovens and you can't escape, neighbors throwing XXXX cans at the dogs at night. Smelly breath and people who eat their boogers. I know this is gross but had to answer honestly.
We had an SM event a few weeks ago, and the men were wearing leather trousers with the backside cut out - it was actually bare ... They were really nice people and everything ... but they sat on our upholstered furniture with their bare bums, which made me wonder about hygiene ... It was some time until I sat down on that furniture again.
my peeve is drop by's! Hello-even knowing I hate it still get a drop. I have taken to not answering door or phone during my time and recommend my friends find a charitable drop box, then climb in, could be fun!
They are invited to stay out, not in,
unless its santos, that's a whole hot tub, I mean Hub
people who talk loudly on their cell phones without considering where they are; loud 'bass' sound and rap in cars that drive slowly through parking lots-or park, as if EVERYONE enjoys that type of music; people who use the LAST of an item (staple, copy paper, form, etc) and don't bother replacing...I'm know there are plenty more, but I am brain dead from work...
How about women wearing wide baggy shorts almost up to knees, usually denim or thin like underpants. Any woman that is wearing those, looks like she forgot to put on a dress or something. Any woman looks like she is having a huge ugly butt and this is so ugly! And so many women in Canada, esp. middle aged are wearing those ugly shorts, it's not even funny! May be because they do not see themselves from behind.
I hate it when people stand to close to me because they have no awareness of the concept of personal space.I don't want to smell their breath or see their clogged pores. That's just too close! I feel like saying ,"Hey,this is my space.....this is MY space, back up buster!" I mean, I back up slightly and they take a step closer. Sheesh.
people walking through a store yakking on their phone or standing in the grocery line while the check out person is taking care of their order. rude to the person and we really don't want to hear your conversation.
Yeah, there's no call for being rude in a shop at the cashier....I hated working as a cashier as you got quite a few twats who would be rude and sometimes I could get away with short changing them which was fun as they never checked their change!
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