We already have a very cool off-day, off-topic thread going on, but I started thinking about posting this the other night so I'm not going to stop now.
This post is inspired by a conversation that happened here about grammar pet peeves. Now, not everybody is into grammar, so I'm not going specifically in that direction, but everybody loves to complain about stuff! Delicious, nonspecific stuff.
Unfortunately for you, the only starting off point that I have for this thread is that grammar stuff. So even though I want to open this up as blanket Pet Peeve thread, most of the examples I have come from over there.
So let's start. I'll go ahead and speak for some other people before I speak for myself.
For instance, one of Mayor of 311's biggest pet peeves is well documented: he HATES it when people mix up "then" and "than." And really, who can blame him? Than is comparative, and then is sequential. That's a big-ass difference!
thehavenot, on the other hand, hates there / their / they're and your / you're confusion. Also, eminently reasonable. I mean, this is taught daily in the third grade.
Skaldheim wants you to loose the extra o in that word. Because loose is it's own word, dammit.
But now I'm boring you. Probably because I'm not doing this in list form. So here's a list of some of mine. Even some non-language ones!
- When people refer to people as "that" instead of "who." Seriously.
- When somebody somehow believes that the best way to get onto the freeway is slow down to 35 in the merge lane. It's not better. In fact, it's an accident waiting to happen. It's always a bad idea to merge with traffic that is going 25 mph faster than you are. Stop it, goddammit! This is a honkable offense.
- When somebody on a sports discussion starts by telling me how long they've been a fan. First, that doesn't make you a better fan. Second, that doesn't make you smart. Third, that doesn't change your wrong opinion from being wrong. In fact, when you say this I immediately assume that youre opinion is wrong.
- People who try to complain to me about having to wait for service while waiting in line for something. You know what? I don't commisserate. The service person is doing the best they can to appease assholes like you, and it's not easy.
- NFL announcers.
That's it for now. It always happens that when I start to list something I've been thinking about, I suddenly forget everything I wanted to put in the list. In fact, that's another pet peeve of mine!
So you, then. What gets your goat?