Publish 8 February 2022
What Are Pet Peeves?
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 
- Biting nails
- Calling woman a girl
- Clicking retractable pen
- Cutting someone off while driving
- Double dipping
- Ending sentences with preposition
- Interrupting conversation
- Leaving cap off toothpaste
- Leaving dishes in the sink/tub
- Leaving hair in the sink
- Leaving toilet seat up
- Literally laughing out loud at text messages
- Noisy eating
- Not closing copier lid
- Not returning borrowed items
- Not putting things back where you found them
- Not turning off room lights
- Obnoxious laughter
- Open-mouth chewing
- Popping gum
- Reversing toilet paper roll
- Slurping drink through straw
- Walking closely
- Walking too slow
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.