Pet peeves
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
I've wanted to start a "pet peeves" thread for some time. Here is one of my biggest (other than the term "pet peeves" itself):

http://encarta.msn.com/en...>1=27004

Word.

Take that HR Block and Dominos Pizza! (I lost a lot of respect for Mike and Mike over the "You Got 30 Minutes" campaign ... of course, I didn't have that high of expectations for a Notre Dame grad (Golic) )
Top
supporter
Posted by Sarah Peterson (+376) 12 years ago
My top peeves, if we're sticking to language:
1. your instead of you're
2. random apostrophe's inserted at odd time's and place's
3. saying 'pacific' instead of 'specific'
Top
Posted by Kacey (+3161) 12 years ago
My pet peeve is having a supposedly knowledgable tech support person on the phone saying to me....."Can I ax you a question...." At that point I usually ask to speak to someone else.
Top
Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3747) 12 years ago
1. Worshington (those here in the State will know what I mean)

2. Ebonics in everyday use especially by white "Ghetto" teens

3. $8.00 beer at Safeco Field (or for that matter ANY overpriced beer)
Top
Posted by Beth Ann Lapp (+36) 12 years ago
1. When pepople say fer instead of for when talking
2. People walking through the store talking on their bluetooth deivce holding their phone in their hand when they could just hold it up to their ear and not look like there talking to themselves
3. How the walmart here only has 2 lanes open 24-7
4. As soon as you hang up your phone and someone with you asks as soon as you hang up "who was that"

ok this could go on for days.. Enjoy!
Top
supporter
Posted by Sarah Peterson (+376) 12 years ago
Kyle,
Both of my parents are from Worshington, they both worsh their clothing, and they don't really enjoy worshing the cars.
Drives me crazy, especially when my mom makes fun of me, because she seems to think that I waaaash my clothes and I travel to Waaashington.

Here's a Montana pet peeve:
The town between Butte and Deer Lodge is Anaconda...not ANDAconda.
And do foreign-staters really think they are original and/or funny that they get to drive through Broad-As$ on the way to Gillette?
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
I work as an Emergency Services Operator (911) here in Billings. We often get building alarms from security companies with out-of-state call centers. It is frustrating - and sometimes even dangerous - to have to translate the address of the alarm when the operator who's reporting the alarm is from somewhere like Atlanta.

It's one thing to talk to a tech support person based out of Mumbai - no one's in harm's way. But when it's a security alarm, there exists a chance that someone's life is in danger. Time is unnecessary wasted when one can't understand the words coming out of another's mouth.
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
"I seen" instead of "I've seen"

I had a certain English teacher at CCDHS who dropped one of those on the class once. He's still there (I believe) and is not a very big fan of whales.
Top
supporter
Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14970) 12 years ago
"And do foreign-staters really think they are original and/or funny that they get to drive through Broad-As$ on the way to Gillette?"

I think it is hilarious! Especially, given the cheap toilet paper at the rest-stop.

And now Bob L, Bridgier, Brian Reed, and the Webmaster will commence making jokes about Gillette, which would be one of MY pet peeves.

-Richard the prophetic poster child.

[This message has been edited by Richard Bonine, Jr (edited 2/4/2009).]
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
Richard - my grandfather was the superintendent of schools in Gillette for many years (and oversaw the construction of most of the school buildings - some 56 of them - in Campbell County during his time there).

I've spent a lot of time in Gillette. I have fond memories of the time I've spent there.

The drive from Miles City to Douglas on Hwy 59 is one of my favorite routes in the world, especially when you're south of Wright and north of Bill just when the sun is going down and everything turns a beautiful amber color.

That having been said, Gillette is ugly. Just plain ugly.
Top
supporter
Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6166) 12 years ago
A short list of my peeves:

1. Incorrect grammar spoken by someone whose profession is public speaking. This includes newscasters, politicians, preachers, and radio DJs. If you want to drive me nuts, say "have went". This also includes educators.

2. People who call and want to know why they don't have their tax return yet. Well, it's because I sent it to the IRS. Why would they want it back? Oh, they mean their tax REFUND.

3. 20-something women who tease the back of their heads to heretofore unacheived heights. I just find it distracting because I keep staring while I wait for the mouse or bird to appear.

4. I park my little Ford Escort all alone and far away from the front of the store. I come back and there are SUVs parked on either side of me totally blocking my view. I just pray and hit the pedal.

5. People who answer their cell phones while visiting me and instead of excusing themselves to take the call, they just sit there talking on the phone. It's really rude.

6. Those stupid bubble packs that over-the-counter meds seem to come in now. I can never open them without scissors.


Oops, I guess that's enough. For NOW.

[This message has been edited by Wendy Wilson (edited 2/5/2009).]
Top
Posted by Scott P (+109) 12 years ago
When I have to press 1 for english.
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
"One-pressing" has never irked me that much, unless I was in a hurry at the time. Muzak while on hold, however ...

Here's another work-related pet peeve. It may or may not be specific to my job as a dispatcher:

When I ask a caller what number they're calling from and they reply, "I'm calling from my cell phone." That's NOT what I asked. It is disturbing how common of an answer that is.

[This message has been edited by Brian A. Reed (edited 2/5/2009).]
Top
Posted by Schmitz - Matt (+403) 12 years ago
I get just peeved when I read a story about some hideous weather in the Midwest, read the story, and find out they are talking about Kentucky. Some of these so called journalists need to buy a freaking globe. It was the midwest, 200 freaking years ago! We have expanded our country just a bit since then. Catch up ya morons!
This one happened today. Pull into my favorite grocery store/bank/post office here in Bozeman, and there is a car that has missed the parking lanes by much more than the length of the car! Sticking out over 20 feet into the traffic lanes, messing up the whole parking lot because every car after that parks next to the moron. And the yellow lines are not covered by snow. I actually waited around a bit to administer the much deserved ass chewing, and it was a blue haired little old lady, so I just drove away, hoping someone takes my keys away if I ever can't do the job any better than that. If she had been 20 years younger though, she would've gotten a severe verbal thrashing. Ok, maybe not a thrashing, but certainly a strongly worded admonition.
I have more, but one of my other pet peeves is getting less than 8 hours of sleep, so I am done for now.

[This message has been edited by Schmitz - Matt (edited 2/6/2009).]
Top
Posted by ABE (+422) 12 years ago
PEOPLE THAT DO NOT HAVE JOBS THAT MAKE MORE MONEY THAN ME!!!
Top
supporter
Posted by Sarah Peterson (+376) 12 years ago
Being asked by a telemarketer if my mother is home.
Top
supporter
Posted by Dan Mowry (+1439) 12 years ago
"When I have to press 1 for english."


Scott, just wait until you have to press 2 for English.
Top
founder
supporter
sponsor
Posted by Hal Neumann (+9960) 12 years ago
Irresponsible people who don't spay or neuter their pet peeves.
Top
supporter
Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14970) 12 years ago
as spoken by Bob "Barker"
Top
supporter
Posted by Bob L. (+5096) 12 years ago
President Obama has a nice ring to it, doesn't it Ricardo?

Repeat after me....."President Obama"

Not so hard, now, is it?
Top
founder
supporter
sponsor
Posted by Hal Neumann (+9960) 12 years ago
>> as spoken by Bob "Barker"

: -)

I'm not thrilled those who let their peeves run loose either . . . put `em on a leash people!

And don't get me started on morans who don't clean up after their peeves - nothing spoils a perfect morning walk like stepping in peeve poop.
Top
Posted by elin ahmadpour (+29) 12 years ago
I have a few pet peeves to put out there.

1. When people say do you want to see a "pitcher" of my family?
It's "picture" for a photo and "pitcher" for "a pitcher of beer".
As an English teacher, this one really bugs me.

2. Snobby people who live in Miles City and whose whole identity
is wrapped up in Miles City. (Some people aren't going to like
it that I said this one.)


3. I live and work in The United Arab Emirates and I hate it when
people ask me the stupid question, "Is it dangerous over there?"
It's like "Oh my God. It's the Middle East. Every place must
be dangerous." Remarks like that tell me the person is not well
informed about this part of the world.

4. Forty something women trying to act and dress like they're
twenty something.
Top
Posted by Rob Shipley (+473) 12 years ago
Mr. Amadpour: Having been in the US Navy and US Naval Reserve for over 37 years and having studied the complete communist threat from the USSR for more than 20 years I know a great deal about the despicable disparaging phony diplomatic links between the USA and the UAE. Your country sucks and sucks badly,Sir. Perhaps it will not be all bad when Iran gains a nuclear capability, i.e., UAE being so very close at hand to that impossible nation of fascists etcetera.
Thank you.
Top
supporter
Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14970) 12 years ago
Careful Rob. Elin is a very nice quite young lady who is intellectually brilliant. No need to get cranky with her. You might become a pet peeve.
Top
Posted by Rob Shipley (+473) 12 years ago
Wendy: I agree with you whole heartedly. Very poor grammer is reviling at any time. I am somewhat amazed,truly amazed at how our English language,beautifully crafted as it has been down through the ages, is now so terribly perverted.

Everywhere you go or see.........."I've got to have this"....."I've got to tell you about that"........"We've got to do such and such".......this "I've got" and "We've got" scumtalk is intolerable.

Everywhere it is now commonplace. The newspapers print it and perpetuate it. The TV is atrocious in this respect.

There is no justification for......"I have got"......nor "We have got" anywhere in our beautiful language. Politicians from city,county,state or national platform abuse this despicably.

These two phrases are as idiotic as they are redundant. Basically, only stupid people speak so very poorly.
Top
Posted by BeerNut (+57) 12 years ago
1. Snobby people who live in the UAE and whose whole identity
is wrapped up in the UAE. (Some people aren't going to like
it that I said this one.)

2. I live and work in Miles City and I hate it when
people do stupid things, Like move to the Middle East. And then they like to to belittle others that aren't informed about that part of the world. Like just because they live there, anyone else has any responsibility to learn about that country.


3. Forty something women trying acting like they are dried up old bags and somehow beliveing that the world revolves around them.

On a side note, I don't know you but I hope you get blown up by a shoe bomb.
Top
Posted by Rob Shipley (+473) 12 years ago
Richard: TY my fellow Miles Citian. One of the basic reasons I am usually not well thought of is that I always tell it like it is. And, no big deal, but the United Arab Emirates really truly SUCK in the Big Picture of our present world.
Top
Posted by BeerNut (+57) 12 years ago
Rob, put your tin foil hat back on.
Top
Posted by elin ahmadpour (+29) 12 years ago
To Beernut and Mr. Rob Shipley:

First of all Beernut, why are you attacking me by saying," I hope you get blown up by a shoe bomb? Sounds very immature to me. You have a right to your opinion but you don't need to "bash me". All I did was name my pet peeves.

Mr. Rob Shipley:

First of all, I'm not Mr. Ahmadpour. I'm a girl who grew up in Miles City. Secondly, why are you trying to start a political debate? I'm not interested in debating anybody on issues concerning the Middle East. I live and work where I do because I have a great job and I make a decent living teaching English.
Top
Posted by elin ahmadpour (+29) 12 years ago
Richard:

Thanks for the nice comments. You made my day. By the way, how's your brother Phil doing? He was in my class.
Top
founder
supporter
sponsor
Posted by Hal Neumann (+9960) 12 years ago
To paraphrase LTC Bill Kilgore: I hate the smell of peeve poop in the morning . . . smells like . . . crappola.
Top
supporter
Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6166) 12 years ago
Everywhere you go or see.........."I've got to have this"....."I've got to tell you about that"........"We've got to do such and such".......this "I've got" and "We've got" scumtalk is intolerable.

The phrase "have got to" is merely good colloquial English which should not be written but is not considered terribly offensive if spoken. See Modern English Usage by H.W. Fowler. Fowler also indicates that using the phrase "have got" to mean "posses" has been acceptable to many notable writers including Shakespeare, Dr Johnson and Ruskin. In Great Britain, the phrase "have got" is not redundant at all. "I have got" means that something was obtained, not merely that the person possesses something. The Handbook of Good English by Edward D. Johnson. A slight, but potentially important, difference.

As an English teacher, this one really bugs me.
Elin, Elin, Elin. As an English teacher, you know that this sentence is not logical. The phrase "as an English teacher" modifies the subject of the sentence, not the object. Beernut was out of line, BTW.
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
Time to chalk up one more pet peeve:

People who get just a little too sanctimonious on message boards.
Top
supporter
Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6166) 12 years ago
Sorry. That's a characteristic of mine I'm trying to improve. Guess I have a long way to go, huh.
Top
supporter
Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14970) 12 years ago
"Time to chalk up one more pet peeve:

People who get just a little too sanctimonious on message boards."



As spoken by the king of sanctimony himself...


[This message has been edited by Richard Bonine, Jr (edited 2/8/2009).]
Top
Posted by Bob Netherton (+1882) 12 years ago
My latest pet peeve: chemtrails. Do you have any new information on the chemtrail situation, Rob?
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
As spoken by the king of sanctimony himself...

Easy, God boy. It's not sanctimonious if you have scripture backing you, right?

[This message has been edited by Brian A. Reed (edited 2/8/2009).]
Top
founder
supporter
sponsor
Posted by Hal Neumann (+9960) 12 years ago
Bob, how can you scoff when there is evidence like this?

Top
Posted by Bob Netherton (+1882) 12 years ago
Now they're after fish.
Top
supporter
Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14970) 12 years ago
That would be "scripturemonus"
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
Thanks for clearing that up. You have argued your case as well as ever.
Top
supporter
Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14970) 12 years ago
One of my peeves are people who have no humor about anything.
Top
supporter
sponsor
Posted by Frank Hardy (+1611) 12 years ago
You hate......Data?

Top
supporter
Posted by Bridgier (+9224) 12 years ago
Hmmm.... judging by the global warming and the economics threads, I'd have to say yes, Richard hates data.

Pet Peeve: people who hijack threads.

[This message has been edited by Bridgier (edited 2/9/2009).]
Top
supporter
Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6166) 12 years ago
More pet peeves (without the sanctimony)-

People who call the office wondering where their tax refund is when we didn't even do their return.

People who think we are the IRS.

People who call the office wondering where their tax refund is and when we ask what office they went to they have no clue. When we ask when they filed their return, they say, "Last week." And they don't remember where they did it??

Used car dealerships that will prepare your tax return.

Restaurant owners who think bigger must be better.

Whew. That was hard.
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
The word "deuce."

Referring to three-point baskets as "treys" or "trifectas."

Mispelling Caesar "Ceasar" or Reuben "Rueben." (Mmm ... Caesar salad and a Reuben sandwich ...)

Cell phones and the people who feel the need to use them.
Top
supporter
Posted by JCF (+395) 12 years ago
I get peeved when I read in the paper that "so and so felt they would loose the game" instead of LOSE. And the inverse, when the paper reads "the ends of the ropes were lose." Errors like these are revealing of an overdependency on spell-check.

I also get peeved when I hear the phrase, "anyways." It should be anyway, without the 'S'. Anyway is already plural. No 'S' required.
Top
supporter
Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6166) 12 years ago
If you're in Butte the extra "s" is mandatory.
Top
Posted by Cheryl Gaer-Barlow (+476) 12 years ago
How about when someone is speaking in past tense and uses the word "was" instead of "were"?
This is not a pet peeve, but I get a kick out of the fact that businesses with these big glass double-doors only unlock one side. The door I try to open is always locked!
Top
Posted by urcrackinmeup (+136) 12 years ago
Elin - I thought teachers always say, "there's no such thing as a stupid question".
Top
supporter
Posted by Levi Forman (+3714) 12 years ago
People who get greatly frustrated about a minor annoyance of a certain type.
Top
supporter
Posted by julieinmc (+519) 12 years ago
People who litter. Especially people who leave soiled diapers on the ground in parking lots.
Top
Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6068) 12 years ago
Ewww ...
Top
Posted by TALBOT (+252) 12 years ago
People who won't turn right on a red light after stopping.(Where do thy think they are? Back East?).

People who pronounce NuH- VaD - UH. NuH-VOD-UH.

People who take two parking spaces.

"I ain't got none" instead of "I don't have any"

"Don't do that no more" instead of "Don't do that any more"

You say "Merry Christmas" to somebody and they say "Same to you"

I guess that's enough for now.
Top
Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3747) 12 years ago
Bad
Top
supporter
Posted by howdy (+4945) 12 years ago
people who address me as "young lady", I find quite condescending, as I am anything but young....
Top
supporter
Posted by Bob L. (+5096) 12 years ago
You say "Merry Christmas" to somebody and they say "Same to you"

-------

If someone says "Merry Christmas" to me, I reply with a cheerful "Happy Holidays."

That way, if they're an irrational wingnut who believes there's a "War on Christmas," I've successfully irritated them.

If they're a normal, non-wingnut person, then they will take no offense.

It's a win/win for me!

(Note to Ricardo - "Win/Win" means that I win either way...just in case you're unfamiliar with the term.)
Top
founder
supporter
Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3685) 12 years ago
Reveling in drama. There is a lot of that going around.
Top
Posted by Chuck Schott (+1286) 12 years ago
I had a pet peeve......it got ran over.
Top
founder
supporter
sponsor
Posted by Hal Neumann (+9960) 12 years ago
Chuck - don't say you weren't warned.
http://www.milescity.com/...2159#72413
Top