Most of us have pet peeves, those things that annoy or irritate us. I’ve often wondered how the term came about. According to Chacha.com, it was first used in 1919, and comes from the 14th-century word “peevish”.
If I thought about it long enough, I could probably come up with dozens of things that bother me. Since I don’t want to turn this into a whining fest, I decided to just list my three biggest pet peeves.
BEING PUT ON HOLD. Yes, I know times are tight, and businesses are having to do more with less people (it’s no different where I work). But being on hold for any longer than five minutes drives me crazy, especially when the automated system comes on about every 30 seconds to say, “your call is important to us. We’re working hard to take your call next. Please continue to hold for the next available agent.” I’d rather just hear music, or even silence, than to have this repeated over and over.
NOT BEING ON TIME. Naturally, there are occasions this can’t be helped, but I’m talking about a chronic problem. If you tell me you’ll be here at 3 Pm, and show up at 6, that’s three hours I could have done something else. It also makes me think I’m not that big a priority.
SOMEONE WHO TALKS WITH THEIR MOUTH FULL. This is probably my biggest one. I usually can’t understand what the person is saying, and they’ll have to end up repeating it. I’d rather they savor their food, then we can talk.
We may not be able to do anything about our pet peeves most of the time, but it’s good to let it out every now and then. Feel free to share yours.