I think I’m a pretty mellow and accepting person, or at least I try to be. I don’t get mad too often, and I’m pretty quick to forgive. Like all people, however, there are just certain things that completely get under my skin. While I don’t freak out and yell or anything like that, doing any of these things will earn you a passive-aggressive sigh and a bit of under-my-breath swearing.

My top 5 Pet Peeves

  • Certain grammar issues. For example: a lot is two words.  It’s only it’s when it is, not when it’s its. They’re going to their car over there. See the difference?  Double negatives also get me. I’m not a grammar Nazi, I swear. I’m far from perfect, but these are things my son is learning in 2nd grade, so there is really no excuse for goofing them up.


  • ATM Bankers. This is getting worse now that you can do pretty much everything at an ATM. I’m sorry, but the ATM is supposed to be a fast and easy way to get money out when you need it. Granted, no one carries cash anymore, but sometimes it’s necessary. When I go to an ATM, I take less than a minute to get my money out and get out of the way. I get really annoyed when the person in front of me is depositing five checks into three different accounts, checking balances on all those accounts, withdrawing money, and basically taking up to 15 minutes to get out of the way. If you need to do all that banking, go inside to a teller or at least let others go in between your 10,000 transactions.
  • Last-minute check writers. Okay, first of all, who even writes checks anymore? I’ve been using the same book of checks for 7 years, and it’s not even half empty. One of the things that drives me bonkers is when someone waits until the last possible second to even start pulling out their check book. You know the type. You’re stuck behind them in line at the grocery store and they’re finally done getting rung up. They wait for the total, then they open their purse, pull out that dreaded checkbook, flip through to find a check, start writing it out, and don’t move until they’ve entered it into their register. If you know you’re going to be writing a check, get it ready either before you get in line or at least while your food is being scanned. Put the date, the name of the store, and your signature on it, then fill in the amount and move along.
  • Women who make our entire gender look bad.  There are two types of women that completely baffle my mind: those who think it’s impressive to act stupid, and those who are proud to be nasty human beings. Shows like the Jersey Shore are setting us back generations by making impressionable girls out there think acting like a brainless boulder is the best way to get by in life. On the flip side, women who live their lives to make others miserable and, worse, are proud of being that way also disgust me.

Like I said, not much bugs me. Aside from the last one, none of the first pet peeves are any sort of deal breaker. I won’t despise someone if they goof up it’s and its. I’ll forgive you if you do all your banking at the ATM or write a check at the last-minute. The last one, though, that’s pretty much a deal breaker. I can’t deal with people like that at all.

What is your biggest pet peeve? What really drives you round the bend?