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aka eraser
07-24-2004, 11:00 PM
I wrote the first draft of my weekly column this morning which turned into a rant about my #1 pet peeve. I won't list it now lest I wreck the fun for my subscribers but I got mulling about other stuff that bugs me.

This one ranks pretty high these days:

People who preface a statement with "I'll be honest with you..." or "To tell you the truth..."

This leads me to believe that most of the time they lie but they claim they aren't now which is probably just another lie. The fact that they're often trying to sell me something at that moment doesn't help their cause at all.

So I instinctively mistrust what the person is about to say and the person himself.

Hmmm...maybe I shouldn't be peeved. Maybe I should be grateful that they give themselves away so easily.

OK. How about this one then:

People who start message board topics and then change their minds about it before they're done. That really bugs me.

07-24-2004, 11:05 PM
LOL Yeah, what's up with that??

My CURRENT pet peeve is actually because of my hubby. He keeps saying "only a moron would..." every time I ask him a question. IT DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!!!!! :head It's gotten to where I can always count on him saying "only a moron would ask that question" or "only a moron would do something like that" every single time. :huh

07-24-2004, 11:05 PM
Aww, don't change your mind Frank.

One of my pet peeves: people who say "think out of the box" all the time. If I had a box, I'd lock them inside and throw it into the ocean. Let them think themselves out of it....

07-24-2004, 11:09 PM
LOL! Good one, maestro!

Allow me to add to that: People who draw a box in the air as they say it. Argh!

07-24-2004, 11:18 PM
Im very wary of anyone who says, to tell you the truth or I'll be honest with you.

07-24-2004, 11:29 PM
My favorite is... "Can I ask you a question?"
(No, you just did and I have a one question limit!!!!!)

07-25-2004, 12:07 AM
Years ago, right after I received my investigator's shield, an old cop told me to always note the following phrases during suspect interviews:

1. I swear to God...
2. God as my witness...
3. That's the honest truth...

Over the course of my career, I found that advice valid.

In recent years several text books dealing with interview techniques support my old mentor(s). Of course, this isn't a hard and fast rule. Those same texts also point out that in some regions of the country, such prefaces have over time been integarted into the local jargon and are as common as saying "hello." In my own area, every good fishing or hunting story seems to begin with "God as my witness." (And some of those stories are even true. :lol )

Still, those buzz-phrases set off an alarm when I hear them.

07-25-2004, 12:08 AM
I never said those things.

Honestly, I don't believe in truths.


07-25-2004, 04:17 AM
My pet peeve? (like the old comedian said, I got a million of them)

Currently: the wing-nuts who try to wave you through a 4-way stop when they got there before you...then the moment you give in and start to move, so do they.


07-25-2004, 06:57 AM
I too am suspicious of people who say "To be honest with you..." Were they dishonest with me the last time we talked?

Dawn, your husband is insulting you with that "moron" line. Tell him to cut it out. Disrespect is a bad thing in a spouse.

My pet peeve: people who comment on others' message-board posts and never supply original material of their own.

07-25-2004, 11:20 AM
<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>My pet peeve: people who comment on others' message-board posts and never supply original material of their own.<hr></blockquote>

Goll, I'd not noticed this, and I consider myself one who notices such things. Thanks.

Along that line, but to color outside the lines, I honestly am bugged to the point of pain by people who show complete disrespect for others by saying in reply to a topic,

"I know this is off topic but..." or "Please forgive me for going of topic here but I just wanted to say" and "I know this is your topic but do you mind if I ask about xyz?"

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Oh--an writers who are so colorless of speech and creativity they rely on smilies to make a point. (I love smilies, but only when they aren't embedded in the text.)

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07-25-2004, 12:05 PM
"My pet peeve: people who comment on others' message-board posts and never supply original material of their own."

Gala, I meant that as a self-referential joke.

Oh, you got it? Okay, I'll just slink away in shame now.

07-25-2004, 12:08 PM
You know I'm blonde, right? (at least on the www).

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thanks for the clarification.

Lori Basiewicz
07-25-2004, 04:44 PM
My biggest RL pet peeve is strangers and business associates who refer to me as 'honey' or 'sweetie'. When did these words become an acceptable substitute for 'ma'am', 'miss', or 'hey you'?

As terms of endearment among relatives or close friends, I have no problem with these terms, but in professional or non-personal exchanges, I find them demeaning. I know many people disagree with me, but if a man cannot say them to a female colleague without risking a sexual harrassment law suit, why do women believe it is acceptable to address one another in a belittling fashion?

Okay, stepping off my soapbox now.

07-25-2004, 05:33 PM
What reduces me to teeth-grinding fury is when I make a perfectly sensible suggestion to my beloved, he spends five minutes thinking it over then announces: 'That's not such a stupid idea, after all.'

Of course it bleedin' isn't! I wouldn't have said it if it was!!!


07-25-2004, 05:51 PM
It drives me nuts when people stand too close to me in line at the grocery store. This is happening to me more and more frequently lately, and I don't understand why. Are people in general so disassociated that no one respects people's personal space anymore? I had a lady literally trip over my heels a few days ago, and when I turned to look at her, she didn't even say "Excuse me" ! I don't want someone looking over my shoulder while I'm typing my ATM pin # into the keypad! I understand being in a hurry, but breathing down my neck is not going to make the cashier move any faster. >:

07-25-2004, 08:19 PM
Hey you, Lori sweetie. Don't fret over it, honey. Okay?

My other pet peeve phrase is: "Whatever." Whoever first introduced the way it's used now should be shot, his/her whatever body displayed in plain view for anybody to do whatever they please with it. Yeah, as if.

Lori Basiewicz
07-25-2004, 08:54 PM
Whatever, Ray.

07-25-2004, 09:08 PM
Yeah Ray....Whatever !!!!!!:wha Carybelle

07-25-2004, 11:06 PM
Another pet peeve of mine: People who ask "did you see that?" when something happened RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!

07-26-2004, 12:44 AM
Mine ? The caller who starts out the conversation with..
" I know this is a really dumb question, but"....and I always feel like sayin, 'an your gonna ask It anyway'????
Sheeesh!!! :smack Carybelle

07-26-2004, 02:34 AM
My current biggest pet peeve would have to be getting a phone call from a relative/neighbor and they start out asking, "so how ya doing?... That's great...can you do me a favor?"

If you called for a favor ask the %#%@*%**# favor. Don't pretend like you just called to chat it up with me then ask me within five minutes if I can do you a favor! Why, why, why? Do they know it makes you feel unimportant and used? :head

07-26-2004, 03:32 AM
Doncha hate the big pretenders!!!!! Like when they pretend their smart !!!! :nerd Carybelle

07-27-2004, 12:08 AM
Spook, my little brother does that ALL of the time. Like, "Hi, Dawn. How are you doing? Listen, can you loan me $100?" ARGH! :head

07-27-2004, 02:54 AM
"Little bro, I'm fine. Bye." *click*

07-27-2004, 11:06 AM
"My current biggest pet peeve would have to be getting a phone call from a relative/neighbor and they start out asking, "so how ya doing?... That's great...""

That's one of mine, too, except that where it says "relative/neighbor," just plug in "telemarketer." The telemarketer who pretends this is a social call.

"Hello, Mrs. _____. How are you today?"

"Uh, excuse me. Have we met?"

On another discussion board, somebody posted about a relative who says that when a cashier asks him "How are you?" he always wants to collapse tearfully into the cashier's arms and say "I lost my job, my wife left me, the dog died, but thank God I have a friend like you!"

07-27-2004, 07:06 PM
Or when the waiter comes over and asks you, absent-mindedly, "How are you? Is everything okay here?"

"Actually, no, your service sucks and the food is cold and my water glass has been empty for half an hour and you have a huge pimple ready to burst on your forehead and it simply grosses me out so I am going to go to the bathroom and puke now but of course your bathroom is filthy and it stinks with s***. So, how are you?"

aka eraser
07-27-2004, 07:54 PM

One of my first weekly columns was about alternative responses I've developed to indifferent "how are ya?"s. It was very well received and I'd be happy to forward it to anyone who might be interested. Just send me an ezmessage or click on my nick for an addy.

By the way, don't you just hate it when someone hijacks a thread just to toot their own horn? Sheesh. :ack

07-27-2004, 11:06 PM
Yeah, Frank. What's up with that??? http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/sign/2/sign29.gif

07-28-2004, 03:06 AM
Clerk in department store: "May I help you?"

Me: "I'm beyond help."

"How are you?"

"Better! I'm able to sit up in bed and hold down solid food now."

07-28-2004, 12:04 PM
I actually once wrote a satire piece about people asking questions like that. This during my journalism class. My instructor read it then said I shouldn't get hang-ups on stuff like that.

Ah, but it can be fun to poke fun at! :grin

07-28-2004, 08:46 PM
can my pet peeve be pet peeves, without me becoming somebody's?:ack

aka eraser
07-28-2004, 09:51 PM
can my pet peeve be pet peeves, without me becoming somebody's?:ack



07-29-2004, 12:25 AM
It bugs me to no end when I'm playing a nice quiet, backgroundy-type jazz gig and someone comes up and asks, "Do you know any Credence Clearwater?" or something of the like. Ditto for drunks yelling out, "Freebird!"

Also...when contributors the 2 newsletters I edit/assemble on a volunteer basis say they'll have their article to me next week, and I have to hound them for 2 weeks after that before I see anything. I can't fire them 'cuz they're working for free, too!

07-29-2004, 12:34 AM
"Oh, you're a writer? Have I read anything of yours?"


madeya ru
07-29-2004, 01:53 AM
Jazz, same thing, volunteer newsletter, only it's the director of the organization I have to hound for the articles to get the thing in print. When the money's getting low, it finally comes my way.

07-29-2004, 06:46 AM
jazziz1 - how cool that you play. I used to play full time in bar bands. I know just what you mean. There were always folks who just didn't get it. One band I belonged to played all progressive rock...Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd... and some clown yells out "You know any Bob Seger?" (no offense, Bob)

Then there was the guy who came up one time during sound check and said "Y'know, the King woulda sounded real good through that system of yours."


07-29-2004, 07:13 AM
Chunky and jazziz - the Blues Bros established that it was desirable to be able to play "both kinds of music".

I recommend "Rawhide".<img border=0 src="http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/laugh.gif" />

07-30-2004, 01:42 AM

Ah, and another pet peeve. Long toenails. Ick.

07-30-2004, 09:09 PM
frank, you're just a big meany!!!

so, my new pet peeve is guys who won't let pet peeves be my pet peeve... so there!:teeth :grr :p

07-31-2004, 01:44 AM
um . . .

I've had this question burning a hole in my brain ever since I began following this thread:

Just how does one go about petting a peeve?

And um, if you pet one, will it be nice or do they bite?

<leaves the thread, wondering just what peeves eat, and if it's worth feeding them or letting them just fend for themselves . . .>

aka eraser
07-31-2004, 03:05 AM
I'm no expert Tom but I suspect that petting pet peeves more properly belongs on the Erotica board.


Sometimes I crack me up. I should write a humour column.

Or maybe take a few days off.... :ack

07-31-2004, 03:13 AM
Heavy pet peeving may lead to expulsion.

07-31-2004, 03:40 AM
....and blindness

07-31-2004, 04:15 AM
... or hairy palms.

aka eraser
07-31-2004, 05:33 AM
True. Sobering thoughts guys....although, I suppose that's better than letting it get out of hand and god-forbid, having a new little pet peeve to look after.

07-31-2004, 08:39 AM

My pet peeve is people hanging out petting peeves and going blind and getting hairy palms when they should be getting a life...

07-31-2004, 04:38 PM
Darn tootin', Yesh. Down with Peeve Petters!:grin

07-31-2004, 08:44 PM
According to Dr. Ruth Westheimer, peeve petting is among the most natural of human expressions, and when done in privacy can be a very healthy outlet...

07-31-2004, 10:09 PM
Oh! Uh, darn tootin', Melina! UP with Peeve Petting!
(Can't argue with the experts, eh?)

07-31-2004, 11:22 PM
UP with Peeve Petting!

You do know what you said, don't you? :ha

07-31-2004, 11:45 PM
:smack Man, I just can't win! Sheesh! :lol

aka eraser
03-14-2005, 11:14 PM
Bumpity bump-bump.

03-15-2005, 12:06 AM
:poke: My pet peeve is critics that have never written a thing in their life trying to tell you to stop writing and that you have no right to post anything online.

03-15-2005, 12:13 AM
:poke: My pet peeve is critics that have never written a thing in their life trying to tell you to stop writing and that you have no right to post anything online.

I like this! Yes, I'm fully behind you. Peeve's one off!

03-15-2005, 12:17 AM
:poke: My pet peeve is critics that have never written a thing in their life trying to tell you to stop writing and that you have no right to post anything online.

That isn't very nice! :box: Let me at him.

Judy, you keep writing!