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You know what really grinds my gears.......

Ok so maybe I'm just a weirdo, but there's silly little things that really bug me for no apparent reason - what about the rest of you?  Is there any little thing that really annoys you, but probably shouldn't that much?

Ok I'll start:

I hate it when peolpe jiggle their legs up and down when they're sitting down.  Some people will do this continually and I HATE IT.  There's no logic to my annoyance but it really bugs me.

It also bugs me when women put their make up on on public transport - just wake up earlier if you want to wear it - and don't give people dirty looks when they stare at you.

My favorite is when people say they "hate bad grammer."
If only people would realize the wonders of spell check.

video time for all you grammar weirdos!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_rwB5_3PQc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azu8XWcHzFM

You can watch ANY Taylor Mali video on youtube, and you'll find a lesson.

and fyi: I say yall.
and I don't speak correctly in real life, even though when typing or writing, I usually sound pretty intelligent.
(I don't claim to be perfect, though.)

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Picture of the kitchen sink.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b375/taintedlove908/Dscn9879.jpg

UGHHHH. They don't even rinse their shit off.

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It annoys me when people leave an empty toliet paper roll in the bathroom...or leave 2 squares and think that's enough for the next person.  Change the damn roll already.

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I HATE IT when people cannot be bothered to spell words out in writing and instead resort to text speak. Especially for words that are short to begin with. I teach undergraduates and this is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine. I'm hoping the the advent of message phones with full QWERTY keyboards will make text speak go away.

Luckily the ones I have are smart enough to avoid doing it in papers, but I've had some that still use it in electronic correspondence. First, I shouldn't have to translate. Second, I am an authority figure to them, and their correspondence to me should reflect that formality. Third, it just makes them look DUMB. I'm sorry, but it does. And that's not a good impression to give to someone grading your work.

I'm much more forgiving of spoken conversation. Except when it comes to my wonderful mother. She uses the word "bought" for both "bought" and "brought" and it drives me NUTS.

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Unrelated: I really cannot stand it when SUVs park in compact car spaces.

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It annoys me when people leave an empty toliet paper roll in the bathroom...or leave 2 squares and think that's enough for the next person.  Change the damn roll already.

this times 1000

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It annoys me when people leave an empty toliet paper roll in the bathroom...or leave 2 squares and think that's enough for the next person.  Change the damn roll already.

this times 1000

Oh, I am so guilty of this...

(it really grinds my gears that the quick-reply button has no smilies! How am I supposed to get the little rosy-cheeked embarrassed guy?)

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I got a phone with a QWERTY keyboard so that I could type like normal & not be tempted to resort to text speak.

I don't know what it is about text speak... I don't mind it in the context of lolcats or anything, it's just that when someone writes you a message like that it seems impersonal and lazy.

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I dOnT lIkE wHeN pEoPlE tYpE lIkE tHiS.
I dont even get how they do that. that took me so long to type.
Or when people do that AND
Th3Y lIk3 T0 AdD iN Z3r0s AnD Thr33S T00

I'm so mad at myself for even typing that.

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I also hate when they pick up your food, an ask "is this good?"  um no, I hate it but I keep buying it.

This happened to me today in the grocery store.   >:(  

What's worse is when the customer in line behind you picks up something in your shopping, and starts playing with it and asking the checker questions! OK, so techincally it's not "mine" till I pay, but come on! Hands off! Women here act like three-year-olds. "If I want to do it, it must be fine!"

Also, every time I go into Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts to buy fabric, the person cutting the fabric always asks, "what are you going to make?".  This irritates me to no end, it's none of their business.....so last time I answered "crotchless panties".  She didn't make eye contact with me after that!

They are told to ask you that, so they can recommend any extras like interfacing etc. It's to see how much they can sell you.

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ha, CK that is totally where I got the phrase from.

Another thing that really bugs me and I'm not sure why is people eating on public transport.  I always think why the hell don't they eat before they get on, yet I know there's often a valid reason.  If I ever have to eat on public transport I get so so embarrassed and try to hide the fact that I am eating.  But I think that's just me.

Actually, in the UK, eating on public transport is supposedly not allowed. I'm not sure why, but the smell alone in that tightly enclosed space is enough to make you carsick...particularly "strawberry" gum and candies (and no strawberry on earth ever smelled like that!)

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I dOnT lIkE wHeN pEoPlE tYpE lIkE tHiS.
I dont even get how they do that. that took me so long to type.
Or when people do that AND
Th3Y lIk3 T0 AdD iN Z3r0s AnD Thr33S T00

I'm so mad at myself for even typing that.

That made my head hurt.

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Also, self-enforced helplessness - if your life isn't going the way you want it to, get out there and do something about it!

Theo's clearly met my ex!

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ha, CK that is totally where I got the phrase from.

Another thing that really bugs me and I'm not sure why is people eating on public transport.  I always think why the hell don't they eat before they get on, yet I know there's often a valid reason.  If I ever have to eat on public transport I get so so embarrassed and try to hide the fact that I am eating.  But I think that's just me.

Actually, in the UK, eating on public transport is supposedly not allowed. I'm not sure why, but the smell alone in that tightly enclosed space is enough to make you carsick...particularly "strawberry" gum and candies (and no strawberry on earth ever smelled like that!)

unfortunately in London eating in public transport is absolutely fine.  They only banned drinking alcohol on London public transport just over a year ago.  However, on national rail trains they still sell booze so it's fine on those trains.

I agree with all the text speak haters.  I never think to shorten my words on my texts.  Unless I have only just gone over one text worth and then I end up spending ages going back over my text to shorten some words.  I should just send 2 texts instead.
I don't mind text speak in text messages, as long as I can understand it.  But in any other form - blech, I hate text speak writers.  Just write it out full, so I know what you're on about.  An caroleena I can't beleive your students would send emails to you in text speak!  That's nuts.

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Ok my fellow grammar lovers, I was taught that "irregardless" is not a proper word.  It's redundant, correct?  Nevertheless, I hear people using it...fellow teachers and such! 

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Ok my fellow grammar lovers, I was taught that "irregardless" is not a proper word.  It's redundant, correct?  Regardless, I hear people using it...fellow teachers and such! 

;)b

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Ok my fellow grammar lovers, I was taught that "irregardless" is not a proper word.  It's redundant, correct?  Regardless, I hear people using it...fellow teachers and such! 

;)b

hehe. ;)b

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I use irregardless quite often.....but only ever with Niall and as a piss take.  I know that if I used irregardless infront of other people they would just think that I was using it seriously (or they wouldn't realise that it's not a real word).

I think it's funny when I use it - but hate it when other people use it because they don't know any better!

Ok so I'm a hypocrite ::)

eta:  I think that I actually use 'irregardlessly' rather than 'irregardless' becuase that's even worse!

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I'm another one of you grammar nuts. I catch mistakes all over the place: newspapers, textbooks, and closed captioning are just a few examples.

The worst:
Might could
Y'all
You're/your
They're/their/there
it's/its
affect/effect
alot
to/too

I also really hate text speak, or chat speak, especially on the internet. You have a goddam keyboard. Don't make me use my decoder ring.

Also? When someone is giving a presentation? And everything they say? Sounds like a question? Even though it's a statement?

Y'all is a perfectly functional plural pronoun without any other real equivalent, and further, is a contraction of 'you all' which is, grammatically speaking, just fine.

*proud defender of the y'all*

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I'm another one of you grammar nuts. I catch mistakes all over the place: newspapers, textbooks, and closed captioning are just a few examples.

The worst:
Might could
Y'all
You're/your
They're/their/there
it's/its
affect/effect
alot
to/too

I also really hate text speak, or chat speak, especially on the internet. You have a goddam keyboard. Don't make me use my decoder ring.

Also? When someone is giving a presentation? And everything they say? Sounds like a question? Even though it's a statement?

Y'all is a perfectly functional plural pronoun without any other real equivalent, and further, is a contraction of 'you all' which is, grammatically speaking, just fine.

*proud defender of the y'all*

No, no, no, it's not "you all," It's "you guys" (regardless of gender of the group). Or maybe "youse guys" but I think that's more a Jersey thing :)

*proud Philadelphian and happy to be called a guy (though wishing that the English language had a second person collective)*

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