The screeching noise a tire makes against the tracks, the high-pitched noise emitted by a microphone when it's close to a speaker, someone with body or mouth odour, people who cut you off and correct you mid-sentence, excessive use of "mad oh."
Does any of these things ring a bell?
Do they provoke a reaction from you?
If no, you're about to find out what they are? If yes, then you know how it feels.
I had no idea what to write about today. Yes, they were many ideas going through my mind; I just didn't know which would mean something to you.
I didn't know which we all had in common.
Then one day, out of a WhatsApp status, the idea came to me.
Thank you, Miracle.
My good friend, Miracle, uploaded something about her pet peeves.
No, I'm not telling you. What do you take me for, a snitch?
The conversation was nice, and it's something I know everyone has.
Before I go on talking and writing, I guess I better explain what a pet peeve is.
Disclaimer: it has nothing to do with any animal—absolutely nothing to do with a pet.
By simple dictionary definition, "a pet peeve is something that is personally annoying. Something that gets on all 1 billion nerves in your body.
Can you imagine that one thing that drives you insane? Yes, that's your pet peeve.
Now we are all grounded with the definition; Onward.
A pet peeve is not an allergy. You dislike it doesn't mean it kills you. It just makes your skin crawl with annoyance or irritation.
We all have pet peeves. Maybe you've noticed yours; maybe you haven't. But we all have that one thing that doesn't sit well with us.
I hate the sound of chalk edge on the blackboard. That screechhhhh! noise it makes when you don't hold it well and try to write with it. It got on my nerves back in school; it still does.
So my question is simple: What happens when your pet peeve is someone's hobby?
Have you thought about it before?
Just imagine it. The one thing, or three things you dislike a lot, is the very thing someone likes to do.
I also hate the sound of metal scratching against metal. E.g., using the sharp edge of a spoon to scratch the bottom of the pot.
(No hate for bottom pot because I enjoy eating from the pot, but you see that screeeee noise, I can't stand it. And guess who does it a lot at home?
It's a way of life for her.
Screee! scree! all the time.
What if your pet peeve is body odour? How exactly do you tell a random stranger that he/she stinks? Or how do you tell a loved one that they stink?
How about those Lagos conductors that… let me leave that trail of thoughts. It already makes me sick.
Do you go out of your way to notify the person and tell him to stop? Or do you endure?
And if the offending person is your boss? And he chews with his mouth open?
I'm here wondering how that scenario would look.
What if your pet peeve is bad vocabulary? Do you correct your elders when they use it with you, or do you swallow it and endure the crawling on your skin.
And, if you're the one with the bad vocabulary, do you accept corrections from anyone?
What if your pet peeve is, being corrected; so many patterns for a pet peeve.
Let's hear it.
What's your pet peeve?
Have you had any compromising situation where you couldn't correct the offending person?
Or did you go ahead to correct and it led to an unexpected outburst.
Drop your comments below.
Let's hear it.
P.S. Recently, I heard people are getting upset over the misplacement of "am," for "I'm" "your" for "you're" "its" for "it's."