What is your biggest pet peeve? 15



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There are some things that irritate most of us. For some us our pet peeves cause an annoyance so great it strikes a specific nerve, puts us in a bad mood and pushes us to the limit. Here is a list of some common ones that may or may not tickle your nerves too.

  1. Foot tappers
  2. Loud cell phone conversations in public places.
  3. Over using the work “like” in conversations.
  4. People lurking and looking over your shoulder.
  5. Incorrect use of your and you’re as though they are interchangeable.
  6. Leaving dishes in the sink.
  7. People not turning the volume off their keyboard while texting.
  8. People not cleaning up their dog’s poop.
  9. Bad parking – taking up two spaces!
  10. Open mouthed chewers.

Our community has shared with us two main things that truly irritate them. 

The first is when dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets! They wrote in saying, “I was at the beach this weekend with my own dog when I saw something. A huge dog was on the footpath, delivering a large poo right in the middle of the path. Its owner stood next to it and did nothing, just led it away once it was done. I could hardly hide my rage before saying, “Aren’t you going to clean that up?”, but he was already gone. What was even more annoying was that there were rubbish bags floating in the breeze just metres away from the crime scene!”

Another contributor shared the following: “there is something that makes my blood boil every time I think about it: paid parking in inconvenient places. While I’m happy to pay for parking in the CBD, or on the street, please don’t charge me and other people for parking at places we need to go! Last week I was taking my ill mother to the hospital. After driving around like a maniac looking for a free park (there wasn’t one), I had park in the multi-level carpark. For a short blood test and check up, I had to pay $14 for 45 minutes! I know that’s really nothing compared to some inner city carparks, but it really makes you upset when you’re trying to get your relative well again and are slugged with a cost – at a private hospital mind you. Perhaps it’s one way of revenue raising, but it doesn’t sit well with me. I was furious to receive the ticket amount and have written two letters with no response.”

So we want to know, what is your biggest pet peeve? 


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  1. waiters/resses/store assistants/anyone, who calls me a “guy”. Last time I checked, I wasn’t male.

  2. The constant, repetitive use of the word “like”. So annoying and people who can’t have a conversation without swearing

  3. People who scratch/rearrange their genitals and pick their noses in public (men usually lol) and also people who allow their children to run wild and behave badly in public.

  4. English or Aussie writers, writing a book or novel about Australia or England etc and using American spellings, expressions and the word Gotten !!!!!

  5. I changed my bank because of intrusive cashiers who call me by my first name and quiz me on my insurance arrangements and what I was going to do with that ‘big’ deposit. If I needed their views I would ask for it. I do feel sorry for them, however, because I know they have targets…..

  6. People in their 4WD’s who think they own the roads!!

    1 REPLY
    • Dear Karen with all of the rego and fuel tax I pay while driving my 4×4 I probably do own part
      of the road at least . LOL 🙂
      David ord

  7. People (if they can be called that)who talk with food in their mouth and who keep shovelling yet more food in their mouth and continue theit inane conversation

  8. Drivers’ who fail to use their car’s indicator! Usually high-end market vehicles’, whose drivers’ must think I can read their minds because I’ve only got a lowly Datsun!

    People who speak loudly, in public, on their mobile phones. They’re so rude, ignorant & arrogant, the ‘look at me, look at me’ brigade who think they’re just SO important.
    Thank goodness, there’re ‘quiet carriages’ on suburban trains!

    Men who think their ‘man spread’ on public transport, or anywhere else, for that matter, read: concert seating, is a ‘god-given’ right for them. The seats are designed for two people to sit comfortably, not for one male to take up one & a half seats. Show offs!

  9. Biro-top ‘clickers’!

    People who don’t know how to use cutlery correctly! A knife is NOT held like a pencil!
    You don’t wave your arms around, or point towards the ceiling with your cutlery.

    Audience members at a Concert, listening to a professional singer, & think THEY can sing better than the person on stage! Just SO rude!
    At same venue, people too damn lazy to stand up to allow others’ to pass them, to get to their middle seats.

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