Avoid My Pet Peeves

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What Are Pet Peeves?

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Like me, perhaps you are curious about the expression pet peeve. According to sources, the origin derives from the 14th century term peevish. It suggests “ornery or ill-tempered.” The more popular phrase is a result of a 1916–1920 Chicago Tribune comic strip called The Little Pet Peeve. You have a pet peeve when something insignificant to others irritates you.

Common Pet Peeves

  1. Biting nails
  2. Calling woman a girl
  3. Clicking retractable pen
  4. Cutting someone off while driving
  5. Double dipping
  6. Ending sentences with preposition
  7. Interrupting conversation
  8. Leaving cap off toothpaste
  9. Leaving dishes in the sink/tub
  10. Leaving hair in the sink
  11. Leaving toilet seat up
  12. Literally laughing out loud at text messages
  13. Mansplaining
  14. Noisy eating
  15. Not closing copier lid
  16. Not returning borrowed items
  17. Not putting things back where you found them
  18. Not turning off room lights
  19. Obnoxious laughter
  20. Open-mouth chewing
  21. Popping gum
  22. Reversing toilet paper roll
  23. Slurping drink through straw
  24. Walking closely
  25. Walking too slow
  26. Whining

Effects of Pet Peeves on Relationships

Things on the list that don’t bother you may seem funny. But think about this. When you begin a relationship with someone, you may have differing pet peeves. These can make or break the romance.

Too many pet peeves can later fall into the category of irreconcilable differences. This is the most common ground for divorces in the United States and Europe. Someone with an obsessive personality can have hundreds of pet peeves.

Early in the dating process, have conversations about which things you like and which annoy you. Be candid and take note. Keep an eye out for things that make your mate roll his or her eyes.

If either of you cannot tolerate the other’s bad habits, can you change? (Don’t count on it.) Or will it be an insistent trigger for nagging? Even with Sampson’s great strength, he was brought to ruin by Delilah’s nagging. —Judges chapter 16.

Compatibility brings harmony. Too many people focus on appearance or zero-in on a few things they enjoy about someone. Be objective in your assessment. Weigh the list of pros and cons. You both will be happier if neither is emotionally stressed by a long list of pet peeves.

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