5 Things – Pet Peeves
We all got ‘em! I was curious about what my pet peeves were and when I first started thinking about it, I was pretty happy that there were only a few things that really got under my skin. Then I started thinking about it some more, and um well, down the rabbit hole I went. While digging around in the hole, I saw the question ‘Can pet peeves be a person’. I was really confused by this question, and hopeful that the answer would provide some clarity. It didn’t. Now I’m left wondering…’Can pet peeves be a person’? Did someone want to name their kid ‘Pet Peeves’? Is ‘Peeves’ a last name? Is it common?
Well, it turns out that Peeves is the 6,360,413th most common surname in the world. Approximately 1 in 810,000,000 is a Peeves. I had a really tough time finding out if anyone was legally named ‘Pet’, but that just lead me down a different rabbit hole, then I had an even trickier time finding out if anyone was legally named Pet Peeves, which kind of brought me full circle. There are a lot of things to say about pet peeves (the irritants, not the person), here are 5 things you might like to know.
- While exploring questions about pet peeves, I found one to be pretty interesting. “What is the opposite of a pet peeve?” Hmm? What is the opposite of a pet peeve? Well, a pet peeve is a minor annoyance that an individual finds particularly irritating, to a greater degree than would be expected based on the experience of others. So, by dropping in some antonyms at key spots we can come up with a pretty good definition of the contrary to ‘pet peeve’. A minor delight that an individual finds particularly pleasing to a greater degree than would be expected based on the experience of others. I think this is a cute idea, and it’s easy to imagine instances of this happening, I just don’t know what to call it. A ‘pet please’? Watching someone snuggle laundry fresh out of the dryer is a pet please of mine. Could pet pleases be a person?
- The term Pet Peeve seems to have originated or at least made popular by a Chicago Tribune comic strip called Little Pet Peeves. The comic was created by cartoonist Frank King and ran from 1916-1920. Frank King is also responsible for creating Gasoline Alley, which in 2027 will become the longest running comic strip of all time. The history of this comic incredibly interesting1. Aside from being one of the longest running comic strips, it is also one of the few comics in which the characters have aged throughout its run. In 1928 Gasoline Alley became quite controversial as the first comic strip in which a couple had a baby. Until this time children in comics were either already born, adopted, or just appeared. Once Walt and Phyllis had their son Corky, it occurred to readers that these characters must have had sexual intercourse. Never mind that Walt had discovered and adopted two other kids, now it was canon that Walt has a penis! *gasp* In 1928, fictional cartoon characters having sex turned out to be a common pet peeve.
- I like to think that I am pretty openminded when it comes to student tendencies, but there are two things that absolutely constitute minor annoyances. When I see an “s” at the end of J.S. Mill’s name I can’t take it. Mills may have been a utilitarian, or an Englishman, or an economist, or anything else really, but Mills (whoever he is or was) did not write Utilitarianism, or On Liberty, or The Subjugation of Women. That was John Stuart MILL! The other pet peeve I have is when logic students mix up a causal argument with a casual argument. One is an argument you might have with your friends about any topic, and the other specifically reasons from cause to the effect. Do these irritate me to a greater degree than would be expected? Yes! But am I crazy for allowing such minor details get under my skin? Also yes!
- On the trail, on the wall, and at camp there are really just three things that I consider pet peeves.
- I don’t want to hear your music when I’m in the woods. Nature has a way of bringing a calm that is tough to achieve in other places. Music blaring from an oncoming Bluetooth speaker smothers the vibe. I don’t mind music at camp or on the wall provided everyone within ear shot is okay with it, but to assassinate the mood because you think Pink Floyd enhances the sunset is not okay.
- Pick up after yourself/your party. No one wants to be the person who spends their time picking up other people’s trash. It’s annoying!
- Complaining. Everyone knows your back hurts, and your feet are sore, and the weather is dreadful, and you didn’t sleep a wink. Neither did we. We are all suffering through this “fun” together, and hearing someone complain the entire time is worse than enhancing a sunset with Pink Floyd.
- Well, enough about me, let’s talk about you! Here is a list of some of the most common pet peeves, and I have a feeling that most might be a little guilty of finding some of these to be minor irritants.
|One Uppers||Slow Walkers|
|Chewing noises||Leaving dishes|
|Clearing throat||Driving slow|
|Clapping on planes||Talking during movies|
|Slurping drinks||Their, there, they’re|
|Empty containers||Picking teeth|
|Tuna in the office||Being late|
|Tapping pens||Not folding clothes|
|Dog ears pages||Always climbing|
Here’s to having more pet please than pet peeves. Cheers!