What Are Your Pet Peeves?

A pet peeve is something that someone does that annoys you to a greater degree than it affects others. Everyone has a pet peeve whether they admit it or not. And everyone does something that annoys others whether they are aware of it or not.

So what is it that makes you cringe when people do it? And what do you do about those pet peeves that annoy you? Well, you have choices. You can grin and bear it. Or you can bring it to the person's attention.The fallacy with the latter choice is that sometimes when you bring something to people's attention, they do it all the more.

While a pet peeve is a personal thing, there are some pet peeves that are common with most people. Here are my top pet peeves:

  1. I don't like it when someone takes over a conversation I've started. It brothers me tremendously when someone highjacks my conversation.
  2. It annoys me when people eat while talking to me on the telephone. I could understand it better if I called someone and caught them eating. However, I cannot tolerate it when someone deliberately calls me when they are eating. I was recently called to complete a telephone survey, and it was evident the caller was eating. I brought it to his attention and he apologized. I kindly told him it was rude, and I preferred not conducting a survey while he was eating. Needless to say, that was one survey he did not complete.
  3. One upmanship is a pet peeve that I detest like a plague. For instance, if I share with someone what is going on with me and that person tries to top it with something better, greater, faster, or one up on me.
  4. Crosstalking is another pet peeve that bothers me tremendously. That is when a group of people are talking all at the same time.
  5. It annoys me when I am talking in a group and no one seems to be paying attention.
  6. Listening to loud music at the stop sign is something I wish I wouldn't have to endure. No matter how beautiful the music is, I don't want to hear someone else's music.
  7. It bothers me when people don't keep their promises to me.
  8. When people make me wait for them is unacceptable as far as I am concerned because I am almost always on time.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT...If what people do to annoy us is called a pet peeve, what is it called when a pet annoys another pet? Is it a human peeve?


What is your pet peeve?

  • Someone highjacking your conversation
  • One upmanship
  • Crosstalking
  • Someone eating while talking to you on the telephone
  • Loud music at the stop sign
  • Tardiness
  • Someone breaking their promises to you
  • People not paying attention when you are talking
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Dian'swords4u 5 years ago from North Carolina

This wasw so interesting. I have some of the same ones you have. You would be disturbed with me if you pulled up beside me if I had my windows down. I do tend to play my gospel music a little loud, but I do keep my windows up. I really got a chuckle out of this and anjoyed it very much.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

So you are one of those who play loud music...Ummm!


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Dian'swords4u 5 years ago from North Carolina

Not extremely loud, you can hear it but my car is not reverberating and shaking. I just love gospel music. I gain a great sirituality from it. I think this is cool


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

OK. I am going to be watching out for you on the road. :0)


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Dian'swords4u 5 years ago from North Carolina

Sounds Great. Have a GREAT Day

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