I have many pet peeves but these are my biggest two that get under my skin really badly:
1) When people punctuate "Guess what" with a question mark. That is not correct and it drives me nuts. It is an imperative, therefore you would punctuate it with a period or an exclamation point.
2) When people use phrases like "Kelly and I" incorrectly. They label photos with "David and I" when it is actually supposed to be "David and Me". I see it used incorrectly on Facebook almost every time I log in. Is it because the people that I know (I mostly have only R.L. friends on FB) received poor education here in SC or is it just ignorance?
No matter what your pet peeve is, please share. It doesn't have to be about words or grammar... it can be anything! And please tell us why it gets to you.
THIS is something I can really get with. Using several synonyms in one sentence annoy me, i.e. "a riding horseman on his horse". It adds nothing and is just noise I have to process as it is language I recognize.
In Scandinavian we term it "butter on lard" (smør på flesk) and it is an immediate deduction on any language grade.
"bacon pig cheese burger cow"--Hahaha. Thank you!!!
And then there's the (almost) 10yo in our house that calls it a hot heater. He will ask me, "Is the hot heater on?" I'm sorry, we don't own a hot heater.
And then there's the "up past my bed time" part. ROTFLMAO. You should see the show when I'm up past my bed time and get the giddies. lol.
The "you're welcome" before you say thanks reminded me of one of mine.
I am a bartender. I can't stand it when I am in the middle of fixing someone else's drink and some asshole walks up and beats an empty can on the bar to get my attention. I get those really bad tingles down my spine when this happens. That noise is going to give me an aneurysm some day. I serve ppl in the order that they approach the bar but sometimes they just waltz right up and act like I need to drop everything and tend to them only. How rude is it to beat a can against a bar?! They aren't dying of thirst and they aren't going to kick over if they don't get their beer within the next 20 seconds. I am really fast at mixing and serving drinks so they don't have to wait long at all. But I really wanna take their can and beat it against their face. Is that wrong of me? :D
Ironically, these are the people that NEVER say "thank you", so I always leer at them and say "you're welcome". I do it to be a smart ass because they are just so rude.
In my little bistro I did all the fancy coffees as well as plating food from behind one counter. Sometime I would be in the middle of plating up an order, a 2 to 3 minute process, when some hag (usually a woman, yes) would come in with their own travel mug wanting a double half-calf half-fat mocha or some such crap. Anyway they would kinda bark their order as they approached the counter and I would try a friendly banter, explaining I would be 2 minutes finishing the current plate - and then she would start tapping her travel mug, explaining she was in a hurry.
Now, all of this story leads up to the next glorious moment. As the owner of my own little bistro, acting against my own financial interests I know, I fully savoured the liberty of looking her in the eye and saying, "Then why didn't you hit the fucking McDonald's up the street?"
This exact scenerio happened at least 6 times in the two years I was in business, and the shock on those women's faces only gave me more satisfaction each time. Also, being the only place in a 60 mile radius that could serve one of those fancy froo-froo sort of coffees, I enjoyed watching them squirm uncomfortably as they stifled their responses and just stood their waiting to pay $7.50 for a coffee even though I just swore at them. Yay for me!