We all have them. Pet Peeves.
Do the things that peeve us most, make us feel more superior than the other person? Does it make us look at people differently by the peeve that peeves us the most? Do you say anything? Do you grin and bear it? What do you do?
Here is my list of five of my pet peeves. Just for the record, I usually don’t say anything about them to anyone. Why? I am sure I peeve people off too!
Chewing with your mouth open/talking with your mouth full.
I must admit, since starting this blog, I have learned so much and this is just an example of that.
There is a condition called Misophonia
: A condition when a person reacts extremely negative to certain sounds most people take little or no notice of.
The chewing, smacking, popping, crunching, slurping can make one extremely agitated; I am not quite to that point. I know when I was younger my mom and dad taught me it was impolite to chew with your mouth open, talk with your mouth full and yet, it seems like many young people today did not get that same memo. Or, if they did… They may possibly believe this can make them seem more powerful and powerful people do not need to follow rules or the rules don’t pertain to them.
What in the world is I seen?
There is “I saw” or “I have seen”.
Let’s take a look at this:
SAW is the PAST TENSE of the verb SEE
Seen is the PAST PARTICIPLE of the VERB see. What the heck is a past participle?
and this is what I found.
Definition of past participle:
a participle which typically expresses a completed action, that is traditionally one of the principal parts of the verb, and that is traditionally used in English in the formation of perfect tenses in the active voice and of all tenses in the passive voice.
So, in other words, SEEN needs a partner to complete the past action.
For example “raised” in lots of hands were raised or I have seen.
Generally, seen is partnered with have, has, had, was or were in a sentence and then, they make COMPOUND VERBS.
Now we are just getting carried away with fancy grammar words.
But seriously, when someone uses I seen, it just grates on my nerves like fingernails on the chalk board
When my kids were in high school, I would look over their reports and attempt to correct the spelling. The response I received every single time was, “the teachers don’t care about spelling.”
There goes the sound of fingernails on the chalk board again.
I had spelling tests almost all of my school years. If the words were misspelled on a report, it was marked incorrect. So, why does the younger generations get by with not learning to spell properly? Have the schools become that complacent with just letting people get by? Heck, they don’t even teach cursive anymore. This is part of the old time system called reading, writing and arithmetic, which has evidently gone away and no one cares about it any more.
This can go so many ways. My biggest peeve is the drive through employee.
Place your order, total given, drive to first window. The blank stare at you, the popping of the gum and no Hello! Your total is…and let’s not forget the ability to count change back. I know most of us use credit/debit cards now a days, however, when I give the cashier $10.01 for a $6.51 bill, I usually get the penny back with a strange look of confusion.
Drive to the next window, your bag is hanging outside the window, no acknowledgment of any kind and please don’t ever expect a thank you!
I have worked in retail/customer service for 95% of my life. There is no harm in saying Hi! two hamburgers, medium fry and large Coke comes to $6.51. Thank you! Have a nice day.
Nope, just a have a good one, IF you get anything. I do have to exclude Chick Fil-A from this however, they rock at customer service. Why? They are TAUGHT and EXPECTED to adhere to the policies and guidelines.
People who can’t pronounce my name correctly.
I know I have a strange name. I’ve had it for 50+ years. I’ve heard it all.
Deni (DeeKnee) that’s it. Nothing more. NO, it’s not Demi, Denny or Deny. I am used to correcting people on my name, I get that. However, I am talking about people I introduce myself to: Doctors, nurses, teachers, etc. HI! My name is DeeKnee…. Nice to meet you Denny… Did you NOT just hear me tell you how to pronounce my name. Going back to customer service. You are on the phone with someone, they ask for Denny, this is DEEKNEE. Denny, my name is so and so. It’s me. It’s who I am. If you can’t take the time to respect my name, then why should I take the time to hang with you?
The chalk board again!
All that said, I am not perfect, I am one of those who will have their cell phone out most of the time. I don’t talk on the phone when I am ordering food, picking up a package, checking in someplace and I am really trying to break the cell phone habit altogether. So, if you are reading this and you are one of these people, I will maintain my silence while I am quietly correcting your manners, grammar and spelling. I will say THANK YOU, even when you won’t. I hope you will at least try on your end.
My pet peeve is hearing a knock on the bathroom door followed by the familiar words, ‘What are you doing in there?
Karen Scalf Linamen